Finding Your Feet in Cyber Security: Part One

My Motivation

Rewind three years, I was fresh out of the university, undecided on what do with my bachelor’s degree and knew next to nothing about Cyber Security. Truth is, like the average Nigerian graduate, my knowledge was limited to what I had learned in the classroom. In school, I was only ever interested in network functionality, implementation and security, and had never made any serious efforts outside of class. My curiosity about hacking computers led me to Cybrary (was almost free at the time) where I embarked on a journey to learn about ethical hacking and penetration testing (this didn’t end well). This culmination of self-study, multiple setbacks and the drive to learn provided me the bedrock needed to get where I was going.

I have barely just gotten my feet wet in the massive ocean that is Cyber Security, but lately, I’ve been asked quite frequently on how to get started, so I figured to turn it into a blog post. The following suggestions are as per my experience so far and the things that worked out for me. My two scents on this subject should only serve as a friendly advice rather than an ultimate winning formula.

Building Blocks

Before diving into Cyber Security it’s extremely important to identify which specialty or work role interests you, because, in numerous ways, cyber security is similar to engineering or healthcare. There are so many different paths you can specialize in, from digital forensics and incident response to penetration testing, security governance or security awareness. (trust me, there are way more than you think.)

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