Entry Level Cybersecurity Jobs

TOT 015: Entry Level Cybersecurity Jobs

John Barker
October 29, 2023
Read Time: 6 Minutes

You are probably interested in hiring someone to help with cybersecurity in your company or looking to enter the field. In the 2nd part of my cybersecurity series, I’ve put together a list of entry-level cybersecurity jobs.  This is clearly not an exhaustive list.  But I want you to start thinking about the way you structure your position descriptions.

People are really confused with the cybersecurity industry. You can clear up some of the myths around cybersecurity by reading my “26 Cybersecurity Myths & Facts” column.

I hear from business leaders “We need cybersecurity help!’  But what does that mean?  There are many technical and non-technical roles in the cybersecurity field.

There are too many hiring posts that say entry level with senior level requirements, and senior level certifications, that want to pay $10 per hour.

It’s no wonder there are so many vacancies.

The list I’ve compiled below is for people with 0-2 years of experience.  They do not need the certifications to start working with you.  Most can be earned within 6-12 months of the hiring date.

Take the time to understand your true needs and align the job description to fit your needs at the appropriate level.

If you wonder why no one is responding to your online posts or answering the recruiter it’s because your position description is awful.

Next week in the third part of this series will discuss senior and executive-level cybersecurity positions.

Job Title: Cybersecurity Intern

 

Job Description: Cybersecurity Interns are individuals who are gaining practical experience while still in school or after completing their formal education. They assist senior cybersecurity professionals, learn about security tools, participate in security awareness training, and often work on specific projects to enhance an organization’s security posture. This role provides a foundation for understanding the cybersecurity landscape.
Certifications: CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+)

Job Title: Security Awareness Trainer

Job Description: Security Awareness Trainers are responsible for educating employees about computer security. They design and deliver training programs, create educational materials, and organize workshops to ensure that staff understand and adhere to security best practices. Their role is crucial in reducing human-related security incidents.
Certifications: CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+), Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU)

Job Title: Entry-Level Security Analyst

Job Description: Entry-Level Security Analysts monitor and analyze an organization’s security alerts and threats. They assist in incident response activities, generate reports, and learn to use various security tools to protect the organization’s digital assets. They work under the guidance of senior analysts and play a role in maintaining the organization’s security infrastructure.
Certifications: CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)

 Job Title: Cybersecurity Technician

Job Description: Cybersecurity Technicians support the implementation and maintenance of security solutions. They assist in monitoring security alerts, installing patches, and ensuring that systems are compliant with security policies. They often collaborate with IT teams to address security concerns and ensure the safe operation of computer systems.
Certifications: CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Security Fundamentals

 Job Title: SOC Analyst (Level 1)

Job Description: Level 1 SOC Analysts are the first line of defense in a Security Operations Center. They monitor security alerts in real-time, categorize and prioritize them, and escalate serious threats to higher-level analysts. They play a crucial role in early threat detection and help in maintaining continuous surveillance over organizational assets.
Certifications: CompTIA Security+, Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate

 Job Title: IT Security Coordinator

Job Description: IT Security Coordinators assist in managing an organization’s security initiatives. They coordinate security projects, schedule meetings, maintain documentation, and ensure that security protocols are followed. They act as a bridge between technical teams and management, ensuring smooth communication and execution of security strategies.
Certifications: CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Security Fundamentals

 Job Title: Cybersecurity Policy Analyst (Junior)

Job Description: Junior Cybersecurity Policy Analysts assist in the development and review of security policies, procedures, and guidelines for an organization. They ensure that policies align with regulatory requirements and industry best practices. They also help in communicating these policies to employees and ensuring that they are understood and adhered to.
Certifications: CompTIA Security+, ISACA Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate

 Job Title: Security Research Assistant

Job Description: Security Research Assistants support senior researchers in studying and analyzing cybersecurity trends. They gather data, conduct basic analyses, and assist in preparing research reports. Their role contributes to the broader understanding of the evolving threat landscape and emerging security technologies.
Certifications: CompTIA Security+, eLearnSecurity Junior Penetration Tester (eJPT)

 Job Title: Entry-Level Penetration Tester

Job Description: Entry-Level Penetration Testers, under supervision, simulate cyber-attacks on systems to identify vulnerabilities. They use a controlled environment to test the security of applications, networks, and systems, providing insights into potential weaknesses.
Certifications: eLearnSecurity Junior Penetration Tester (eJPT), CompTIA PenTest+

 Job Title: Compliance Assistant

Job Description: Compliance Assistants help ensure that an organization adheres to industry-specific cybersecurity regulations and standards. They assist in gathering data for audits, maintaining documentation, and ensuring that security controls are in place to meet compliance requirements.
Certifications: CompTIA Security+, ISACA Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate

 Job Title: Threat Intelligence Analyst (Junior)

Job Description: Junior Threat Intelligence Analysts gather information about emerging threats and cyber risks. They analyze data, track threat actors, and provide insights to help organizations stay ahead of potential cyber threats. Their role is crucial in proactive cybersecurity defense.
Certifications: CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)

 Job Title: Digital Forensics Assistant

Job Description: Digital Forensics Assistants support investigations into digital crimes. They assist in collecting digital evidence, documenting findings, and preserving the integrity of the evidence for potential legal proceedings. They work under the guidance of experienced forensic analysts.
Certifications: CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+), eLearnSecurity Digital Forensics Professional (eDFP)

 Job Title: Security Software Developer (Junior)

Job Description: Junior Security Software Developers focus on writing secure code for applications. They work alongside development teams to integrate security measures into software development life cycles, ensuring that applications are free from vulnerabilities.
Certifications: Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Security Fundamentals, Secure Software Assessor (SSA)

 Job Title: Malware Analysis Intern

Job Description: Malware Analysis Interns study and analyze malicious software under supervision. They learn to understand malware behavior, its origin, and techniques to counteract its effects. They contribute to the development of countermeasures and protection mechanisms.
Certifications: CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+), eLearnSecurity Malware Analysis Professional (eMAP)

 Job Title: GRC Analyst (Junior)

Job Description: Junior GRC Analysts assist in the implementation and monitoring of governance, risk, and compliance initiatives within an organization. They help in assessing and documenting processes, identifying potential risks, and ensuring that the organization’s cybersecurity practices comply with internal policies and external regulations. They also assist in preparing reports for senior management, detailing compliance status, and recommending improvements.
Certifications: ISACA Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate, OCEG GRC Professional (GRCP)

 Job Title: Security Systems Administrator (Junior)

Job Description: Junior Security Systems Administrators assist in managing and maintaining an organization’s security infrastructure. They help configure security tools, update software, and ensure that systems are running optimally to prevent security breaches.
Certifications: CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Security Fundamentals

 Job Title: Entry-Level Risk Analyst

Job Description: Entry-Level Risk Analysts assess potential risks that may hinder the reputation, safety, security, and financial prosperity of an organization. They assist in identifying, evaluating, and prioritizing these risks, providing insights to mitigate potential threats.
Certifications: CompTIA Security+, ISACA Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate

See you then.

John

Whenever you’re ready, there is one way I can help you:
I can help if you need help whipping your technology back into shape, looking to improve your cybersecurity, or just need someone to look over shoulder.
Click the above link, send me some details about your business, and schedule a zoom meeting.
Simple as that.

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John Barker

John Barker

John has over 25 years of technology experience and earned a Bachelor’s in Business Management & MBA.  He also holds CISSP and PMP certifications.

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