May 24, 2021

How to Get Into the Cyber Security Field?

Hey all—I was wondering if I could solicit the collective group’s opinion. I’m having a hard time figuring out how to transition into Cybersecurity after having a career in Financial Regulation/Compliance/Risk. I’m interested in switching because of my interest in technology & policy generally and I feel the progressiveness of cyber security is something that really attracts me.

I’ve done a fair amount of transaction monitoring within trading and money transmission & conceptually it seems comparable to some areas I’ve learned about in cyber security. I currently work as an Investigator in Regulation. I don’t have a degree in Computer Science, took some stats in college (I’m in my early 30s) and have used a bit of SQL. I’m looking to apply to Georgia Tech’s online Cybersecurity masters focusing on policy, but, if I get in it’d be 2022 and I’m looking to switch jobs sooner rather than later. Are there job titles I should particularly check out? Do I need certs since I don’t have any direct experience to get my foot in the door? I’m extremely appreciative of any or all insights cause I don’t know anyone in the space really. Thanks so much! 🙏

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