If you have been contemplating a a Career in Cyber Security, or a Change to Cyber Security, you’ve probably asked yourself at least once, “Is a Career in Cyber Security right for me?”. You’re not a lone. In fact, I’d wager to say that if someone hasn’t asked themselves this question, then they need to investigate why they haven’t before anything else.
The problem is that a lot of people of our nature come to this cross roads out of shear curiosity. “I’m good at computers, should I start Cyber Security?”. Something must have inspired you in order to bring yourself to that question. Let me try and help you to decide.
Cyber Security is not as easy as the movies or Youtube videos glorify it. You don’t simply enter in an IP address and click a few buttons and take over?a network; that’s not how it works at all. A lot of people who jump into cyber security tend to be rather impatient by nature, and want to “download” every bit of knowledge in the blink of an eye. That’s also not how this works, let me explain;
More times than not, you’ll find yourself getting nothing but false positives during an active Penetration Test Engagement. That wears quickly on someones Patience, I know that first hand. However, one of the most important skills to have is patience. Because a lack of patience will lead to mistakes, and mistakes cost money. So if you have a short temper and no patience, Cyber Security may not be the best career choice, until you develop those skills.
You have to realize a few things about this career.
1. It takes time to become proficient and professional.
2. Again, Patience is key
3. Get used to long hours, and lots of reading and writing (logs, reports, etc)
4. Did I mention patience???
At PentesterUniversity.org?we offer affordable courses that allow students to learn at their own pace, what ever that may be. I have found this is key to less stress in students, allowing them to understand, learn and retain the information easier. So no matter if you sign up for our online school, or choose to self learn, make sure you give yourself enough time to fully understand the information presented to you. Don’t burn yourself out trying to learn it all at once.