How to become a cyber security analyst
A cyber security analyst will test networks for vulnerabilities, minimise cyber security threats and secure people and organisations from cyber attacks.
You might think of yourself as an ethical hacker (having all the tricks of the criminal hackers but without the malicious intent), but your official job title could range from cyber security technician to information security analyst to penetration tester.
You now know this is the career for you, you just need the plan to get there.
4 steps to becoming a cyber security analyst
1. Get qualified
You may have hacked your mum’s email account (that time she got locked out), but that doesn’t count in a job interview (and, technically, it maaay be illegal).
Cyber security roles require highly specialised skills, so a degree is a must.
This means three years of full-time study (or six years part-time), which will develop your essential skills and show employers that you’re serious about your vocation. If you’re keen to really stand out, then go for a master degree, too.
2. Learn the language of tech
Take every opportunity to immerse yourself in programming software, applications and secure coding. Got a friend who needs a website? Offer to help create it. Meet some people online with similar interests? Form a group and share your knowledge.
Learning the tools and languages of your future career will put you a step ahead.
3. Get real industry experience
Nothing stands out on your CV more than real industry experience.
Even your casual uni job might have some hidden opportunities. Ask them if they’d like you to help check their security system for vulnerabilities. Volunteer with a local business and offer your services. Or join a student club like the Swinburne Cyber Security Club.
Of course, with a Swinburne bachelor degree, real industry experience is guaranteed, so you can look forward to industry projects, internships and placement opportunities – all of which will give you learning and networking opportunities, plus that shiny professional experience to pop on your CV.
Grab every opportunity to build relationships with others in the industry.
Talk to your teachers – they’ve probably had those jobs that you’re dreaming of. Ask them how they did it. Then see if they’ll set you up with an industry mentor. At Swinburne, your cyber security lecturers will be current industry professionals, so tap into their knowledge and keep in touch.
Make the most of Swinburne’s Cybersecurity Lab – a research platform that drives investigation and innovation – to get involved in projects and connect with cybersecurity thought leaders.
Consider joining an industry body – it’s a great way to connect with future colleagues, collaborators and employers.