Unique Cybersecurity/IT Jobs
By contributor Lyan Ware
When thinking about job roles in cybersecurity, we typically conjure images of UV-deprived hermits lit only by a cold glow emitting from a wall of PC monitors; myopic eyes straining to decipher strings of characters—waterfalls of information. Red Team. Blue Team. Purple Team. White Hat. Threat Hunters. We think in battle terms: good versus the forces of evil. It’s an industry that definitely has covert ops and espionage aspects, lending to its overall appeal. Not to mention, the exponential growth and possibilities of a lucrative salary adds quite the persuasive cherry to the toppling sundae of possible careers to consider.
But not everyone considering a career pivot into cybersecurity wants to work in a Security Operations Center (SOC) or look at network traffic and deal with ticketing systems all day. So, for those still very intrigued by the cybersecurity industry, but are more interested in a different kind of work environment, or a better utility of talents and experience they already possess, there are many other unique roles in the industry to consider. Below I’ve listed a few examples and descriptions of these jobs, as well as provided names of some companies that typically hire for these roles.
As the name suggests, this role is responsible for identifying and recruiting top technical talent for cybersecurity and IT positions. You’d be working closely with hiring managers to understand their needs and develop strategies to attract the best candidates. This involves sourcing candidates, screening resumes, conducting interviews, and negotiating job offers. Companies that typically hire for this role include cybersecurity firms, IT staffing agencies, and technology companies. For those with an HR background, a technical recruiting role would make for a seamless transition.
Example Companies: CyberCoders, Robert Half Technology, Google
In this role, you would be responsible for selling cybersecurity and IT solutions to potential customers. This involves developing relationships with clients, meeting sales targets, and providing ongoing support to customers. Companies that typically hire for this role include cybersecurity vendors, IT consulting firms, and technology companies. All those companies you get your certifications from require their own sales teams. What better pool of candidates to choose from than previous clients who’ve used the training and can vouch for their products from personal experience?
Example Companies: CompTIA, Cisco, Symantec, Accenture, Splunk
Project managers are responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of new cybersecurity products and services. They work closely with technical teams to ensure that products meet customer needs and are delivered on time and within budget. This would involve developing product roadmaps, conducting market research, and collaborating with sales and marketing teams. Companies that typically hire for this role include cybersecurity vendors, technology companies, and IT consulting firms.
Example Companies: Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, IBM
In the industry, technical writers create technical documentation, including manuals, user guides, and online help systems for cybersecurity and IT products and services. Those interested in this position need to possess a deep understanding of the technical concepts and terminology used in these fields to accompany an already well-developed writing and communication acumen. Companies that typically hire for this role include cybersecurity vendors, technology companies, and IT consulting firms.
Example Companies: Amazon Web Services, McAfee, Deloitte
In this role, you would be responsible for developing and delivering training programs on cybersecurity and IT topics, such as network security, cloud computing, and data protection. Technical trainers are required to have a deep understanding of the subject matter, as well as strong presentation and teaching skills. Companies that typically hire for this role include cybersecurity vendors, technology companies, and IT consulting firms.
Example Companies: Oracle, FireEye, KPMG
The world of cybersecurity and IT is vast, so take the time to explore the myriad of career possibilities. Create a career roadmap for yourself. Pursue trainings and entry-level certifications, so that you’ll be prepared to carve out a place in the industry where you can fit all of your relevant experience and unique skills.