Advanced Topics

Content for those interested in a career in cybersecurity

This portion of the site provides information, tips, and resources for those interested in a career in cybersecurity. This page is divided into the following sections:





Career Tips

This section provides you with info and some tips on how to get and have a successful career in cybersecurity. While there's a job shortage, the industry still holds job applicants (including interns) to high standards and don't usually hire someone unless they meet the specified qualifications.


Types of Jobs

  • Penetration testing ("hacking")
  • Security engineering
  • Compliance
  • Security consulting, which has a variety of roles
  • And lots more!


Tips

  • Demonstrate your talents (and expand your skills) through:
    • Getting a certification (like CompTIA Security+)
    • Personal project(s)
    • The security industry places high value on certifications. And like the rest of the tech industry, personal projects are important.
  • Network and make acquaintances in the industry
  • Build out both your conceptual and technical skills
    • Develop a security mindset
    • Especially programming, networking, and the command line
    • Stay current on security news (Twitter is a great place to do this)
  • Join clubs and/or associations at your school/region
  • Expect your first security job to likely be in a SOC, support center, etc. You'll then move into positions you want.


Issues in the Field

In Andrew's opinion, these are some of the main issues the field faces and needs to address.

  • Take a risk-based approach rather than vulnerability-based
    • Just because something is a vulnerability, doesn't mean it's likely to happen
    • The security industry tends to cry wolf too often (from The Hacker News to Wired), causing:
      • Unnecessary fear
      • Dismissal when high-risk issues actually arise.
    • Stop making fun of people for not following security principles (especially since those principles take security professionals years to master).
  • Like the rest of the tech industry, stop viewing non-tech (or non-security) people condescendingly
    • Get rid of the belief that tech people are better than others
    • Stop making fun of people for not following security principles (especially since those principles take security professionals years to master).
    • Strive to understand others and how to best serve them





Tutorials

This section provides several ethical hacking tutorial modules, as shown in the links below. A basic understanding of the command line and networking is recommended for some of the tutorials, and these videos are marked with an asterisk (*)

Some tutorials provide downloadable content, which are available in the video description on YouTube.

Note: The content on this site (and which this site links to), and especially in this section, are presented to help make the world more secure. You are to use the information and resources on this site solely in situations that are both legal and ethical.







Resources

Below is a list of resources that can help you to learn more and get a jump start on your future career. If you find anything that you think could be added to this list, please contact us. We want our content to be as relevant and helpful as possible to you and to others.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We're more than happy to answer any of your questions!


Browser Extensions



Software & Apps.



Tutorials