How to Go from Regular Old IT to Cybersecurity
Lots of people who end up working in cybersecurity started out somewhere else in the IT sphere: as a system administrator, or taking IT support calls, or building high-performance computer networks. So how do you go from software engineering, or cloud server maintenance, or data analytics, to crossing swords with hackers or configuring firewalls? The team at the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and IT governance professional association ISACA is glad you asked. A brand new blog post outlines a five-point strategy that you can follow to make your move from whatever else you are doing in IT to a cybersecurity job role. Step one, for example, is to lay a foundation for your soon-to-be-newfound cybersecurity skill set by, get this, studying cybersecurity. If there's a cybersecurity career transition in your future, then you'll pick up some valuable advice here.
Maximize Your IT Learning Efforts by Teaming Up with a Mentor
One of the best ways to learn to do something is to study under the watchful eye of someone who already knows and understands that thing. It's a model that can help you find success across the IT spectrum, but this week we're pointing you toward a new post to the AWS Training and Certification Blog of cloud computing behemoth Amazon Web Services. The AWS blog squad shares the story of an IT pro in Israel, Marwan Wasel, who used an AWS education program called re/Start to connect with Tal Hibner, an established software developer who could guide him toward his goal of gaining cloud computing expertise. Marwan and Tal's story provides an excellent reminder of a principle that applies both in IT and elsewhere: Just as Jedi Master Yoda helped Luke Skywalker learn about the Force, a mentor can provide key support and guidance to younger, less-experienced professionals.
CompTIA: To Prevent Hack Attacks, Think Like a Hacker
Businesses hiring security experts to test company security by attempting to break through it is a time-honored blueprint for strengthening physical and digital defenses. Along those lines, there's a fun new post to the official blog of IT industry association CompTIA this week. The post recaps a popular session from this year's CompTIA ChannelCon event, where security experts Tom Lawrence, Matt Lee, and Jason Slagle explain "How I Would Hack You." The trio address the topic in five phases, the first of which is "Assess the Landscape," or take some time to gauge the parameters of the system that you want to break into. What are the digital defenses? What are the physical defenses? Where are the access points? Just like with any journey, this one starts with a map to the destination. This is a great post (and ChannelCon session) for cybersecurity experts and business leaders alike to chew over.
IBM Wants to Help Kickstart Your Software Engineering Career
Here's a number to bear in mind for anyone who wants to get great compensation for their IT skills: $110,140. That, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is the going median salary for software developers. That number pops up in a new post to the IBM Training and Skills Blog that outlines a solid approach to finding your footing on the path to a career in software development. Your IBM-recommended starting point is IBM Software Engineering Basics for Everyone, an online course that you can take via online learning platform edX. As noted by post author Rav Ahuja: "This software engineering fundamentals course for beginners is suitable for anyone wanting to start in a software development-related role, including those aspiring to be Software Engineers, IT Product and Project Managers, Scrum Masters, Information Developers, UI/UX Designers, Quality Assurance (QA) Engineers, DevOps Engineers as well as Sales Executives, and Marketing Managers in the Tech industry."
Cisco Learning Network Supports IT Inclusion
Food for thought: Suppose that Albert Einstein had been deaf and, as such, had never been accepted to study physics and mathematics teaching at ETH Zurich. Would his towering genius still have found an outlet and reshaped our understanding of the universe? Perhaps. The point is that society tends to ignore or discount individuals who are perceived as being different, or of lesser physical or mental stature. As expressed in a new post to the VIP Perspectives blog of Cisco Learning Network, the certification and training arm of networking titan Cisco, opportunity matters. As the post author notes: "Who knows how many talented, clever, passionate, and capable people the world (has) missed because of artificial limits that people so often build." The post is a good reminder that we should all strive to be part of the solution.
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