In order to remain relevant and last long in this field, you need to do invest in yourself and put in the work. There are a lot of things to do to hone your skills and make you a better cybersecurity professional. Here are my top 5
Do your research
- Get training
There will always be new tools coming out to perform cybersecurity tasks such as monitoring, data protection, malware analysis, vulnerability detection, risk management, etc. You need to stay on top of this and get training on how to either use these tools or how to perform certain processes and procedures. There are many avenues out there to get training: online, classroom, course videos, streaming, and even podcasts.
- Do your research
On the job. You will be faced with different operating systems, devices and technologies and you will be expected to know everything or at least, know how to secure them. Research best practices, NIST guidelines, common issues, commands and configurations. You also need to research tools and who the authority or subject matter expert is on a particular subject or tools. Follow them on social media, look for white papers and study. Buy books and read them.
- Get certified
Certifications show employers that you have the level of competence to do the job and could also be a badge of honor for you. The process of obtaining the certification also helps you learn and improve your skills.
- Stay informed
You need to know what’s out there, what the emerging technologies are and what is hot in cybersecurity. How do you do this? By networking and attending seminars. Linkedin is a great online forum to network with likeminded professionals. Also, try and join local cybersecurity organizations and get involved.
Take the time to put what you learned into action. If you need to practice setting firewall rules or using tools like Splunk, do so. You might even have to build your own virtual lab and practice. Kalinux, Wireshark, Metasploit, Nmap, OpenVAS are some open source tools you could add to your tool belt
by Ola Agun