I am new to the cyber field and have received two job offers they are both in consulting .One of them is entry level IT Audit which I think could be a really good experience for me.

The other is a bit more technical and is considered IAM Engineer after year one but until then the title is “cyber specialist”. It looks a little more hands on and working with products like sailpoint, cyberark, forge rock , Okta etc..

I feel inclined to take the second one as I feel that it will lead to a more in depth technical knowledge and experience ( I could be totally wrong about that statement) . Audit also Intrigues me and another question I have is it is possible to pivot into audit/compliance from a more technical position? Which career sets me up more for success?

Any input is appreciated :)

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  • n4rf

    November 11, 2021

    I’d do the second. You’ll probably find yourself doing some auditing anyways, probably for PCI or SOC2, and IAM is pretty important worrk.

    My opinion as well is that collecting technical experience is far more useful to understanding products you support. It’ll shine more on interviews wherever you go.

  • bitslammer

    November 11, 2021

    Which of them interest you more and where do you want your career to go? Those are 2 pretty different tracks so each can set you up for very different growth.

    Most of my career was in security operations until I switched to a pre-sales SE and more to the consulting side. I’m now back inside a company in what is more of a GRC/consulting type role which I love. I get to pull on my 20 some years of being hands on and I’m no longer on call or fighting fires.


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