Almost every day, I read articles about more than 750,000 job openings within the #cybersecurity industry that are offering north of $86,000. For an entry-level professional like myself, this sounds almost too good to be true, but it continues to make weekly news headlines. When I search for jobs on LinkedIn with the keyword "cybersecurity" and filter the results to "Entry Level," I am bombarded with positions asking for five or more years of experience and that candidates hold a CISSP.
Per Wikipedia, an entry-level job is defined as a job that is usually designed or designated for recent graduates of a given discipline and typically does not have prior experience in the field or profession. The CISSP certification typically requires five years of full-time work, demonstrating that this is not an entry-level certification. Many companies leverage applicant tracking systems to filter out certain candidates who don't have specific desired credentials like five years of experience or a CISSP meaning many quality candidates are eliminated from the decision-making process.
This continuous misrepresentation of what skills are required of entry-level candidates is incredibly frustrating and only deters quality people from entering this line of work and exacerbates this labor shortage. It makes me question, do realistic entry-level cybersecurity jobs even exist. Is there some secret website or message board with all of these so-called positions with high starting salaries that many other recent college graduates and I don't know about?
This is a good observation. I had a short stint with security, but I had considerable experience in IT Industry. Though I did clear CISSP which was an enabler to get a Security Architect/Lead role, I would like to know more about entry level jobs and what companies would hire them as it is a bit of risk for the hiring company, but nevertheless a good investment for the company and the entry level graduates. I am interested to know as I mentor some would be soon graduates and guiding them will require this information.
A cyber security internship opportunity is a good pathway for entry level jobs. But companies should be willing to invest and advertise for such positions.I would like to hear other's experience and thoughts on this.