May 12, 2021

Thoughts and opinions on entry level Cybersecurity jobs with the federal government

Hello r/Cybersecurity
My question is for everyone here, regardless if you are employed with the federal government or not. All thoughts and opinions are helpful.

TL;DR
I have my Comptia Sec Plus. Have several years of Helpdesk experience. I’m looking into entry level Cybersecurity roles with the federal government. Looking for thoughts, opinions and expectations.

I recently become certified in Comptia Security Plus (looking into other certifications). This certification didn’t come out of the blue. I have been entry level IT for several years now and I finally have the confidence to try and break out. I’m also certified in AWS (Solutions Architect Associate).
With that being said, I was told that I may have some luck getting a remote entry level Cybersecurity job with the US federal government (I reside in the US). I have browsed the website, usajobs.gov and saw some listings for my city. Problem is, there’s not much detail about these jobs. I wanted to know if any of you have any insight of what an entry level Cybersecurity job would involve for the federal government.
With my current employer, the entry level Cybersecurity team would handle tickets my team and other teams send to them. Issues are usually related to Zscaler, firewall inquiries, whitelisting and blacklisting known applications, collecting information on new request that would be security related and routing the tickets higher up the ladder.
You have to start somewhere right?
If you are inquiring why I do not look into this role with my current employer, the answer is I tried. They are only hiring contractors and I’m a full time employee. I would have to quit then apply through a employment service to get the job. The positions I see available on the government site are permanent with full time benefits. I would like to leave a full time position for another full time position.

Any advice, thoughts and opinions would be greatly appreciated. Advice that would help me move up the ladder would be appreciated as well (such as certifications).

Comments

L0gic23

Just apply and find out. You have nothing to loose.

You will probably be surprised (pleasently or unpleasantly).

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