According to statistics, "data and network security" is the industry with the highest talent demand in the next ten years. So how do you get into this business?
For those who want to work in this field but don't have a relevant academic background, consider this: many universities didn't offer fully accredited data analysis degrees until the early 21st century, so many contemporary data scientists come from a variety of basic disciplines, such as computer science and statistics. The key to success is often a combination of business, data, and programming knowledge.
The most underserved job of the next decade will be this one
Likewise, not having a formal degree in the field isn't a disadvantage for those who want to switch careers to cybersecurity; Because the industry is relatively new, barriers to entry are lower.
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If you search the Internet, you will find 30-50 jobs related to information security. Positions in the cybersecurity industry, including information systems manager, programmer, auditor, risk manager, lawyer, etc.
List of all Internet security-related industries
So how will the changing "world of work" affect your career in the short and long term?
I have worked in finance for 13 years and have seen investment Banks slash headcount through technology, automation and outsourcing. As this trend spreads, there is the "gig economy" -- an economy of freelancers with few jobs -- which challenges the concept of "employment".
In fact, the knowledge and skills you acquire in college are likely to become obsolete in 5-10 years. Therefore, lifelong learning is an important job requirement. It is important to develop "technology + interpersonal skills". Common skills include the following combination:
Programming + communication skills
Artificial intelligence (AI) + emotional intelligence (EQ)
Logic + ethics
I recently spoke with Debbie Reynolds, a global expert, speaker, author and educator on cyber security for data privacy and protection. She specializes in instructing fortune 500 companies on data privacy and electronic evidence in high-stakes civil litigation.
Surprisingly, she has no academic background in cybersecurity. A philosophy major at Loyola University in Chicago, she learned basic computer and data skills to work from home and care for her mother. She later worked for a law firm focused on eDiscovery, which allowed her to manage large legal databases.
Over the years, she has accumulated a lot of knowledge in this field through a combination of legal background and data management. She now USES her skills and thought leadership to promote cybersecurity and data privacy.
Her career path is a testament to how one can succeed in the "job of the future" : combining technical skills with industry expertise, applying them to growing industries and fields, and constantly upgrading and reinventing oneself through lifelong learning.