How to Start a Cyber Security Career

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Gabriel Quiroz is the Academic Manager, IT Programs, at the Toronto School of Management (TSoM). He has worked internationally in IT roles in technology, health care and manufacturing sectors and is CompTIA Security+ certified. 

Cyber security talent is expensive and hard to find. That is good news for anyone serious about a cyber security career, which offers good pay, high job growth and plenty of worthwhile challenges. Regardless of your reasons for pursuing a cyber security career – money, a more challenging job, or a genuine desire to protect critical information and infrastructure – opportunities in this field will only continue to grow.

But what is cyber security? Let us break it down: “cyber” is the medium and “security” is the practice. The action of “securing” has been done through the ages, but the “cyber” component is relatively new and fast-changing during this period of rapid technological advancement – what some are calling the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Your work as a cyber security professional will be to protect critical information or systems from digital attacks.

As more organizations operate with digital systems, it is necessary to protect those assets. Cyber security is comprised of three main components, known as the CIA triad: (1) Confidentiality, (2) Integrity, and (3) Availability. Within any part of cyber security, you will encounter each of these three components to varying degrees. Understanding them and their interrelationships will be essential to landing a cyber security job in this exciting field.