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How to Transition into a Cyber Security Career

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How to transition into a cyber security career - Craig Evans | Trident Talks

This episode is brought to you by our Senior Consultant in Cyber Defence, Samuel Berti and SOC Manager, Craig Evans, revealing his career journey into cyber security. The latest discussion reveals Craig’s dedication and motivation to break into the industry and offers excellent insight into the importance of improving your technical abilities and continuously attaining qualifications necessary to expand your knowledge and move higher up in a career in security operations.

On life before cyber security

I took a non-traditional path into cybersecurity. 

I didn't complete a degree. Instead, I worked for 20 years before entering cyber. I worked within hospitality in a part-time bar position for a well-known high street company and didn't know what I wanted to do.

There weren't many opportunities for me; people were happy that I was doing the job I was doing, I never really got any personal development further from them. So I took the approach and said to myself, "well, you know what, let's take my career back into my own hands, let's not just do something because it pays well".

I looked at different sectors such as HR and other areas and started getting into cyber. A role in cyber security is where I want to be, where every day is a new day.

On his path to landing an entry-level role

I made the leap and started completing courses with a training provider. I worked through CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ and the EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker. Once I passed, the training company put me into a careers program. They then helped me network, do all the right things to get myself out there and support me in landing myself an entry-level role.

On the importance of expanding your knowledge 

If I don't know something, I throw myself into it, I don't fear the unknown, which is what people will naturally do.

I'm very much an advocate of planning out the next six to 12 months, what courses am I going to do, even if it's not a certified course. If you're looking to improve your knowledge, you know there's as much value.

You should always strive to want to learn more.

On recruiting professionals from different industries

There are benefits to employing people from different industries. 

I think diversification in the workplace makes the team stronger. You don't want ten Analysts working for you who exhibit the same skillset and personality. 

You want professionals with different experiences to build and improve the team.

I believe employers should look to do that even more in the future.

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