January 18, 2021

Transition from Finance to Cybersecurity possible?

Hi all,

I currently work in finance in manhattan and was looking for a switch. I am beyond bored of the tedious, and mundane work I am doing. Also, since my job is kind of niche, the exit opportunities aren’t plentiful.

My friend works in the cyber security field, and after researching the wide variety of roles, it seems like the sec+ would be a great place to start. I had a few questions though:

1. Making the switch from finance to cyber security path, is the help desk THE ONLY way I will be able to get my foot in the door? Researching the help desk salaries, this would be a massive paycut that I can’t afford at the moment. I realize there are alot of benefits from starting there, but economical it’s not practical for me. Are there any other alternative ways to getting in?

2. Will my sec+ (and end goal for now OSCP) be able to get me in the field with no relevant experience? My worry is that I will obtain sec+, but during this economy will not mean much in securing a role.

Thanks for the help!

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