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As the 21st century progresses, how we perceive security continues to evolve.  This growth in security is obviously in direct reaction to the rise in various new and unforeseen means of malfeasance.  While intimidating to the average person, these new issues have also given the increase in demand in cybersecurity.  There are various cybersecurity positions available to the workforce, each with its unique opportunities and challenges.  For those interested in both technology and serving their community through protecting them digitally, looking into cybersecurity positions might be a great way to find a fulfilling career.  What’s more, even at its most basic level, cybersecurity can be a reasonably lucrative career.  If considering a specialized education, this field is evergreen, secure, and pays well.  Here are a few positions that you can strive for if you enter the profession.


Cyber Security Engingeer


This role is beneficial for those with a nose for teamwork and curiosity.  Generally in a position that works in conjunction with others, cybersecurity engineers utilize electrical engineering and computer science skills to inform their research h into digital forensics, security policy, and network defense.   The day-to-day work of a cybersecurity engineer consists of performing assessments of the security net and doing penetration testing,  creating and executing secure network solutions, managing audit/intrusion and security tech systems–among many other miscellaneous tasks.  Troubleshooting is at the forefront of a cybersecurity engineer’s mind, and you need to have an inquisitive mind willing to tackle problems you might not readily have a solution to.  Some basic requirements for the role: proficiency in Java, Python Net, C++, bash and power shell, understanding of OSI model, collaborative skills.


Systems Engineer


This field is for those with more interdisciplinary interests.  Systems engineering is where engineering and engineering management intersect to focus on designing and managing composite systems.  Systems engineers tend to bridge the people creating a product and the consumer it’s targeting.  Systems engineers work particularly close with a project manager and with an engineering crew.  Systems engineers will look at previous operating systems and look for holes, flaws, and means for improvement.  Where engineers tend to look at how a product needs to be made, a systems engineer needs to look at how and why a product is being developed.  A systems engineer’s general tasks include: management of installed system infrastructure, creating, installing, testing, and maintaining operating systems, guide the creation of personalized software and hardware–among many other tasks.


Vulnerability Analyst/Penetration Tester


In many ways, this role is relatively self-explanatory.  A vulnerability analyst or penetration tester essentially plays the part of a hacker to test any security systems a company might have safely.  These jobs are different but similar.  A vulnerability analyst will search for weaknesses in networks and software and provide corrective measures to the system.  Penetration testing identifies the risk in a network and system but rarely offers solutions to the issues.  Either way, both roles are pivotal for companies to assess their vulnerabilities and security level safely.