Technology remains a hot industry for the job market and the demand for talents has been accelerated when the pandemic hit. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors are at an advantage when applying for jobs in various tech-related fields like software development, engineering, IT, and many more.

Rizki Jaka Maulana, Cybersecurity Consultant at Primary Guard Indonesia, shared his experience becoming an expert in the cybersecurity field at a webinar titled ‘Bedah Industri’ (Dissecting the Industry) hosted by Binus University last Sep 11, 2021.

Rizki started his presentation by explaining what is cybersecurity: “Cybersecurity is the effort to design, implement, and maintain security for an organization’s network, which is connected to the Internet. It is a combination of logical or technical-, physical-, and personnel-focused countermeasures, safeguards, and security controls.”

He further explained that cybersecurity is a popular industry today is because its market size is forecast to grow to USD345.4 billion by 2026. Global security spending on identity and access management (IAM) is forecast to reach almost USD14 billion in 2021. Spending security services, the largest segment of the information security market, is projected to reach USD72.5 billion in the same year.

Along with the growth, the cybersecurity industry opens up numerous job opportunities. There are 3.5 million cybersecurity positions expected to be available by 2021 with more than 2 million vacancies will be in the Asia-Pacific region, and nearly 400,000 will be in Europe. Despite the high demand in the industry, many job seekers or graduates are not aware of the crucial steps in becoming cybersecurity specialists.

“The first thing you need to do is to plan your education. While studying at the university, you may take cybersecurity courses from any online learning platform such as LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, and Coursera. Then, you need to keep improving your communication skills and connect with the cybersecurity or IT communities. Try your best to be as proactive as possible. As a student, you also need to do some research on the typical responsibilities of different roles in the cybersecurity field. Understanding the various cybersecurity career paths is essential in deciding your interest so that you will ensure your career does not get averted.” — Rizki Jaka Maulana, Cybersecurity Consultant at Primary Guard.

In his last remark, he emphasized that having specialized certifications in cybersecurity will be an added value for graduates who are interested to pursue a career in the industry. Some of the popular professional certifications suggested by Rizki include Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), GIAC Security Essentials, Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Comp TIA Security +, and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Primary Guard is a data protection company providing innovative IT solutions and new computing technologies that help minimize impact from cyber threats, improve business efficiency & maintain essential functions during or after a disaster occurs. Based in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, Primary Guard’s innovative solutions help organizations all over Malaysia improve uninterrupted day-to-day operations, which in turn helps the country have a competitive advantage in the international market. Its services include cybersecurity, business continuity, optimization and analytics, and ICT services.

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