About the ebook


Whether you’re fresh out of college or looking to switch careers, cybersecurity is an increasingly attractive industry. There is high demand for skilled professionals (experts predict as many as 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021); however, since the field is still relatively new, those looking to fill those roles may not be sure where or how to start. With myriad job titles and even more certifications, finding the best job for you can seem overwhelming.

We can help.

What’s inside?

Written by a senior security engineer who’s worked with newcomers to the field as both a professor and a Springboard mentor, this guide will take you through the entire process of beginning your career, from taking an initial inventory of your relevant skills to interviewing for your first cybersecurity job.

  • You’ll start by identifying your current cybersecurity skill set—including skills you may not have realized were security-related. If you’re new to IT in general, you’ll discover a few ways to pick up the fundamentals quickly.

  • You'll learn about common cybersecurity career paths, exploring the different roles and specializations—with helpful insight into why choosing a specialization early on might not be in your best interest.

  • Next, find out which certifications to target, whether you’re a beginner or more advanced, so you can maximize your salary potential and improve your hireability.

  • Finally, get actionable tips on where to look for jobs, how to network, and how to develop the soft skills that appeal to hiring managers. 

Who is this for?

Anyone who is considering working in one of the most exciting and in-demand fields of the 21st century: cybersecurity. Whether you’re fresh out of school or are a seasoned pro looking for a new career in a skills-gap industry, this free ebook is a must-read for you!

About the author

Leonard Simon is a senior security engineer, an adjunct professor at Florida International University, and a Springboard mentor. He has nearly 20 years of experience as an IT security professional and more than 20 cybersecurity and IT certifications.

More Reading

Read our comprehensive guide on how to ace the cybersecurity interview. Check out our list of cybersecurity certifications that will help you land a job and our roundup of free cybersecurity resources. Skill up with our free learning path on the foundations of cybersecurity.

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Guide to Getting Your First Job in Cybersecurity

Table of Contents
  • Where to start
  • Career Path Options
  • Education, Skills, Certifications
  • Gain Practical Cybersecurity Experience
  • Building Your Resume and Starting the Job Search
  • Nailing the Interview