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EXPLORING CAREER PATHS IN CYBERSECURITY FOR
TECHNICAL COMMUNICATORS
Ben Woelk, CISSP, CPTC
AGENDA
Transferable Skills
Roles and Responsibilities
Certifications and Credentials
Pathways
My Path
Discussion
WHAT SKILLS ARE NEEDED?
 Technical skills: Knowledge of networking,
operating systems, programming languages, etc.
 Analytical and problem-solving skills: Ability to
identify and mitigate security threats.
 Communication skills: Writing clear and concise
reports, communicating with stakeholders.
This Photo by Unknown author is licensed under CC BY-
SA.
WHAT IS OUR SKILL SET?
Techcomm
 We explain things
 Audience analysis
 Contextualization
 What else?
Transferable?
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 Security Analyst
 Incident Responder
 Security Consultant
 Security Engineer
 Compliance Officer
 Privacy Officer
 Security Awareness Practitioner
CERTIFICATIONS AND CREDENTIALS
 ISC2 CC—Certified in Cybersecurity
 CompTIA Security+
 GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)
 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate (ISACA)
 ISC2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
 Security Awareness certifications (SANS)
 RIT Certified; Cybersecurity Mastery Certificate;
other college programs
 Certified Professional Technical Communicator
 Anything demonstrating professional growth
PATHWAYS
This Photo by Unknown author is licensed under CC BY-SA-NC.
MY PATHWAY
 Liberal Arts
 Graduate School
 ABD
 Technical Communicator
 Rochester Institute of Technology
 Communications Specialist
 Awareness Analyst
 Program Manager
 Governance, Awareness, and Training
Manager
INTERACTIVE CYBERSECURITY CAREER MAP
https://niccs.cisa.gov/cybersecurity-career-resources/interactive-cybersecurity-career-map
WORKFORCE FRAMEWORK FOR CYBERSECURITY (NICE
FRAMEWORK)
https://niccs.cisa.gov/wor
kforce-
development/nice-
OPEN DISCUSSION
 What would you like to discuss?
RESOURCES
 The Successful Security Awareness
Professional: Foundational Skills and
Continuing Education Strategies, Ben Woelk,
EDUCAUSE ECAR Research Bulletin 2016
 STC Intercom, 2021, v4
 Interactive Cybersecurity Career Map
 Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity
(NICE Framework)
 How To Get Into Cybersecurity With No
Experience [Job Guide]
THANK YOU
BEN.WOELK@GMAIL.COM
LINKEDIN
BENWOELK.COM

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Exploring Career Paths in Cybersecurity for Technical Communicators

  • 1. EXPLORING CAREER PATHS IN CYBERSECURITY FOR TECHNICAL COMMUNICATORS Ben Woelk, CISSP, CPTC
  • 2. AGENDA Transferable Skills Roles and Responsibilities Certifications and Credentials Pathways My Path Discussion
  • 3. WHAT SKILLS ARE NEEDED?  Technical skills: Knowledge of networking, operating systems, programming languages, etc.  Analytical and problem-solving skills: Ability to identify and mitigate security threats.  Communication skills: Writing clear and concise reports, communicating with stakeholders. This Photo by Unknown author is licensed under CC BY- SA.
  • 4. WHAT IS OUR SKILL SET? Techcomm  We explain things  Audience analysis  Contextualization  What else? Transferable?
  • 5. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  Security Analyst  Incident Responder  Security Consultant  Security Engineer  Compliance Officer  Privacy Officer  Security Awareness Practitioner
  • 6. CERTIFICATIONS AND CREDENTIALS  ISC2 CC—Certified in Cybersecurity  CompTIA Security+  GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)  Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate (ISACA)  ISC2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)  Security Awareness certifications (SANS)  RIT Certified; Cybersecurity Mastery Certificate; other college programs  Certified Professional Technical Communicator  Anything demonstrating professional growth
  • 7. PATHWAYS This Photo by Unknown author is licensed under CC BY-SA-NC.
  • 8. MY PATHWAY  Liberal Arts  Graduate School  ABD  Technical Communicator  Rochester Institute of Technology  Communications Specialist  Awareness Analyst  Program Manager  Governance, Awareness, and Training Manager
  • 9. INTERACTIVE CYBERSECURITY CAREER MAP https://niccs.cisa.gov/cybersecurity-career-resources/interactive-cybersecurity-career-map
  • 10. WORKFORCE FRAMEWORK FOR CYBERSECURITY (NICE FRAMEWORK) https://niccs.cisa.gov/wor kforce- development/nice-
  • 11. OPEN DISCUSSION  What would you like to discuss?
  • 12. RESOURCES  The Successful Security Awareness Professional: Foundational Skills and Continuing Education Strategies, Ben Woelk, EDUCAUSE ECAR Research Bulletin 2016  STC Intercom, 2021, v4  Interactive Cybersecurity Career Map  Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework)  How To Get Into Cybersecurity With No Experience [Job Guide]