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Cybersecurity career options & Getting started

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Cybersecurity Career
Options & Getting Started
Balaji Rajasekaran
Cyber Security Solutions Architect

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About me
 12+ years of experience in IT.
 Worked in Zoho, Netsurion, Trustwave and BT
 Experience in ...

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Personal
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What’s ahead?
 Why cybersecurity?
 What’s missing?
 CyberSec Roles
 Breaking down the roles
 Gettin...

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This is a presentation I have delivered to under graduate students who are interested in cyber security and want to know the strategy to get into cyber security by preparing themselves while studying their under graduation.

This is a presentation I have delivered to under graduate students who are interested in cyber security and want to know the strategy to get into cyber security by preparing themselves while studying their under graduation.

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  1. 1. Cybersecurity Career Options & Getting Started Balaji Rajasekaran Cyber Security Solutions Architect
  2. 2. Personal Personal About me  12+ years of experience in IT.  Worked in Zoho, Netsurion, Trustwave and BT  Experience in following areas of Cybersecurity  Security Operations  Threat hunting  Product/Solution Designing & Implementing  Consultant/Presales & Support  Vulnerability Assessment  Risk Analysis
  3. 3. Personal Personal What’s ahead?  Why cybersecurity?  What’s missing?  CyberSec Roles  Breaking down the roles  Getting started  Preparing yourself  Further reading
  4. 4. Personal Personal Why Cybersecurity? Source: Cybersecurityventures.com
  5. 5. Personal Personal Why Cybersecurity? (contd.) Source: Cybersecurityventures.com
  6. 6. Personal Personal What’s missing?  Skills gap - Less skilled people for more jobs  Retaining people is hard  Less CyberSec specific curriculum  Less awareness
  7. 7. Personal Personal CyberSec Roles Security Analyst Penetration Tester Security Architect Forensics Analyst Security Auditor CISO
  8. 8. Personal Personal CyberSec Roles – Security Analyst  Incident analysis  Threat hunting  Vulnerability Analysis  Compliance reporting  Incident response
  9. 9. Personal Personal CyberSec Roles – Penetration Tester  White hat hacking  Finding gaps  Break into network  Analyze security measures and report  Can work independently - Bug Bounty $$$$
  10. 10. Personal Personal CyberSec Roles – Penetration Tester Social Engineering
  11. 11. Personal Personal CyberSec Roles – Security Architect  Designing security solutions and framework  Identify new security requirements  Tune existing security controls  Closing the gaps
  12. 12. Personal Personal CyberSec Roles – Forensics Analyst  Recover and examine evidence  Prepare reports based on evidence  Work with law enforcement  Maintain chain of custody
  13. 13. Personal Personal CyberSec Roles – Security Auditor  Ensuring organization are adhering rules.  Assess the security risks and report it.  Recommends standards and practices.  Work with top management for remediation measures.
  14. 14. Personal Personal CyberSec Roles – CISO  Top management role in cyber security.  Heads all department in security and decision maker.  Identifies security objectives and metrics.  Managing Incident Response plan.
  15. 15. Personal Personal Getting started  Strong Basics  Networking, OS, Cryptography  Decide between security analyst/ penetration tester. Security Analyst Penetration Tester • Big data analysis • SIEM - Splunk, Qradar, ArcSight • Scripting (Python, JavaScript, SQL) • Know the tools
  16. 16. Personal Personal Getting started (contd.)  Free resources  TryHackMe  Hackthebox  Cyberdefenders  Cybrary  US Department of Homeland Security  Open Security Training  Heimdal Security  Sans Cyber Aces Online  Paid resources  Udemy  Future Learn  Coursera  Pluralsight
  17. 17. Personal Personal Preparing yourself  Make a plan.  Strong Basics.  Set up a lab and start experimenting.  Effective use of LinkedIn, Twitter, Blog.  Start planning a cyber sec final year project.  Stay updated.
  18. 18. One more thing
  19. 19. Personal Personal One more thing Password hygiene  Stop using one password for multiple accounts.  Start using a password manager. (Bitwarden, Keepass)  Enable 2FA wherever available.  Subscribe to data breach notifications from https://haveibeenpwned.com
  20. 20. Personal Personal Further reading  https://securityintelligence.com  https://thehackernews.com  https://security.stackexchange.com  https://osintframework.com  https://github.com/onlurking/awesome-infosec  https://github.com/showcases/security
  21. 21. Personal Personal Questions?

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