Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Internet Security employment is booming - get you some of that

I've written a lot about how an alternative to College is to study Internet security.  The pay is good, you can work wherever you like, and the problem is getting worse - this field will be booming for a while.

Cisco has just jumped into the arena here, with a $10M security scholarship program and an security add-on to their CCNA program.

This isn't a College scholarship.  It is instruction at a Cisco authorized training center, but quite frankly in this field nobody cares where (or even if) you went to College.   The entry requirements for the program don't mention University at all:
Basic competency (one or more of the following):
  • Cisco certification (Cisco CCENT certification or higher) 
  • Relevant industry certification [(ISC)2, CompTIA Security+, EC-Council, GIAC, ISACA] 
  • Cisco Networking Academy letter of completion (CCNA 1 and CCNA 2)
  • At least three years of combined experience in approved U.S. military job roles
  • Windows expertise: Microsoft (Microsoft Specialist, MCSA, MCSE), CompTIA (A+, Network+, Server+).
  • Linux expertise: CompTIA (Linux+), Linux Professional Institute (LPI) certification, Linux Foundation (LCFS, LCFE), Red Hat (RHCSA, RHCE, RHCA), Oracle Linux (OCA, OCP)
If you're young and looking for a change of direction (or if you have a kid who is), you might want to check into this.


Steve Parker, M.D. said...

What's the pay scale for these types of jobs?

Thank you.


Borepatch said...

Steve, Entry level CCNA certified people should expect maybe $40k/year. With a couple years experience and an additional CCIE certification, I'd think $70k would be a chip shot. If you go through with this security cert I'd think you'd be looking at 6 figures.

Steve Parker, M.D. said...

Thank you! My 17 and 19 year old kids are considering various careers. I've mentioned cyber-security to them several times. I'm sure it requires a certain type of mind.

Ted said...

Like any IT path, It requires someone who has a basis in logic. If they excelled at Algebra, & Trigonometry, and have the ability to solve word based logic problems and most of all the ability to then apply the concepts to new problems and situations - then yes that kind of mind.

But if you are the kind of person who relies on a set of rules and facts all committed to memory and are at a loss when something new comes along ....... then probably not so much.

....... and don't forget this isn't just for young students, this can be an opportunity for a career change as well.

There is a strong demand for Sr. IT people at $ 100K and North

Steve Parker, M.D. said...

Very helpful, Ted!