How to Start a Cybersecurity Career

AVERAGE SALARY
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Avg. salary for a Cybersecurity Analyst, Glassdoor 2022
$71,458
JOB PROSPECTS
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8,000 new jobs in Canada by 2023
62% green-arrow-up
JOB BANK
6.5K jobs on LinkedIn
COMMUNITIES
Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity , IBM Security Community, CompTIA , CISO2CISO LinkedIn Group, Wilders Security Forum, CISO: Meaningful Metrics , Professor Messer, ISC2, ISACA,

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. 

Cybersecurity talent is expensive and hard to find. That is good news for anyone serious about a cybersecurity career, which offers good pay, high job growth and plenty of worthwhile challenges. Regardless of your reasons for pursuing a cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity? 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 cybersecurity 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. Cybersecurity is comprised of three main components, known as the CIA triad: (1) Confidentiality, (2) Integrity, and (3) Availability. Within any part of cybersecurity, you will encounter each of these three components to varying degrees. Understanding them and their interrelationships will be essential to landing a job in this exciting field.