The best entry-level jobs in cyber security tend to be those that are commonly referred to as some type of IT administrator, or similar position, such as manning a help desk. This is a very broad term and can encompass other job titles as well.
The logic behind entry-level jobs is that they mean people have some level of computing experience.
This can be in areas such as IT systems and networks, hardware and software, an understanding of cyber security and a willingness to help sort out technology related problems and issues.
Even entry-level jobs are likely to require some degree of experience and skills related to computers and technology.
They will be seen as a building block towards more detailed and specialised roles in cyber security, with additional training and qualifications needed on top.
Role of an IT administrator
This job will in theory, do everything, depending upon the size and scope of the organisation, but does offer unique opportunities in terms of learning the intricacies of an IT infrastructure.
This normally involves understanding and managing business systems and software, software and system licenses, network and network boundaries, i.e. the procedures and processes and data entry and recording.
In addition, an IT administrator is likely to be required to communicate and negotiate with all members of the organisation, at all levels, which provides valuable experience, and can increase confidence considerably in the employees understanding of their role.
Cyber Security Entry Level Job Training
Traditionally, most entry-level jobs in IT do not provide formal training training in cyber security, or very many related technology qualifications.
This is changing quite considerably as companies recognise the need to hire and retain talent, and they recognise the ever-changing nature of the cyber security landscape.
However it is a slow work in progress for a lot of organisations, and the gaining of qualifications and certifications is something that most individuals will need to take responsibility for themselves.
There are many courses, degree and certification courses, that include a significant level of practical work experience.
Training providers recognise that employers are looking for practical proof that prospective employees have experience in solving cyber security problems, and this is one way for people to do it.
Some degrees offer an industry placement as as part of their course, and some online courses offer what they refer to as laboratories, which people can use to gain practical experience, and get certification for their practical skills.
This type of training can be an invaluable add-on to someone working in an entry-level job, and gives them valuable academic qualifications and practical experience, allowing them to move up the ladder.
Quite often, it is a good idea to progress from an entry-level job to a more significant role in cyber security within the same organisation is possible.
This makes moving from one organisation to another easier in the long-term, as the individual will have significant relevant experience that should match whatever a new organisation is requiring