May 26, 2021

How realistic is learning python and pentesting or ethical hacking from Udemy, then getting certifications, to enter the cyber security field?

I’m a computer science grad, and I studied it mainly to build sites and apps, but I’ve lost interest in that, and I’m thinking of entering the infosec/cyber security field, as I enjoyed practical networks classes while getting my degree. From going through posts and research, there are some needed certifications, but before trying to get them, is a Udemy course going to be helpful?

– What resources and/or path advice can you give to a newbie?

– What’s “A day in the life of” someone in cyber security?

– Is it more theoretical or practical?

– Also, how realistic is it to freelance in this field?



>What resources and/or path advice can you give to a newbie?

Certifications. Certifications. Certifications. Udemy and tryhackme are nice to get familiar and practice, but employers don’t care about that. A+ (by CompTia) if you’re weak in intermediate IT concepts, Network+ (by CompTia) or CCNA (By Cisco) to get up to speed on networking, and finally Security+ (by Comptia) is basically a requirement to get started.

Certifications are how you prove your skills.

>What’s “A day in the life of” someone in cyber security?

I’m a CyberSecurity Engineer on the infrastructure, networking, and systems side. My day to day is typically a mix of threat hunting, vulnerability management, developing new solutions (NOT programming) and implementing them, and working on administrative stuff like disaster recovery or policies & procedures. As new corporate projects come up, I give advise on how to move forward securely.

>Is it more theoretical or practical?

Both. When it comes to things like “what makes a good encryption algorithm” or “how to best implement administrative controls for my specific business needs” it’s going to be more theoretical.

It’s mostly going to be practical: Identifying issues or weaknesses and coming up with solutions to fix it.

>Also, how realistic is it to freelance in this field?

Eh. Middle or advanced jobs can, but not so much entry level. Once you hit Engineering and ***ESPECIALLY*** architecture, you can basically make six figures over the course of a six month contract lol. Pentesters would be another common freelance job.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Note: By filling this form and submitting your commen, you acknowledge, agree and comply with our terms of service. In addition you acknowledge that you are willingly sharing your email address with AiOWikis and you might receive notification emails from AiOWikis for comment notifications. AiOWiksi guarantees that your email address WILL NOT be used for advertisement or email marketting purposes.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.