Even though you are already in an IT career field, that doesn't mean you don't have IT skills gaps. In this video, discover how to determine your IT skills gaps and steps you can take to quickly fill them in. Marc also recommends IT skills you may not have considered which could be helpful in a security career.
- [Instructor] The information technology field includes many different skills, everything from application systems analysis to web systems development. Some of these IT skills, like network infrastructure and operating systems, will be important if you are pursuing a security career. Even if you have some IT experience you may have skills gaps you may want to fill in, especially if they relate to a security specialty you're targeting. In the handout for this course is a worksheet that lists many common IT skills.
Take some time to go through the list and rank your current experience level for each skill on a scale of one to 10. If you're an expert in help desk support, for instance, give yourself a nine or 10. If you barely have any programming skills, give yourself a one or two. Then for each of the skills you rank lower than five, decide if you should invest the time in additional training for those areas. Of course, just because you have some IT skills gaps doesn't mean you need to fill them in.
You might not have strong graphic design skills, but are they important for your cybersecurity career? When thinking about IT skills you should develop, consider areas that might not seem related to security. Cloud computing, for instance, doesn't sound like a security skill, but it's becoming more widely used. If you don't understand how cloud computing works, you may be limiting your security options. And programming skills can also be important to security, you can use Python or PowerShell scripts to automate security processes, and you can use your programming skills to conduct code reviews looking for security flaws.
These and many other IT skills can be applied to your security specialization. Develop a training plan for each of the skills you know you need to improve. Take advantage of resources like LinkedIn Learning to come up-to-speed in those areas. In the handout that goes with this course, I recommend LinkedIn Learning courses that might be helpful to fill in any IT skills gaps you may have. Decide what you should brush up on to feel comfortable in areas that aren't your strengths right now. Depending on how much IT experience you already have, filling in your skills gaps may not take a lot of time.
The goal is to be prepared when the time comes to apply those skills in your cybersecurity career.
- Identifying your potential
- Targeting a career or specialization
- Researching jobs
- Locating training
- Shadowing cybersecurity experts
- Earning certifications
- Studying IT basics
- Revising your resume
- Applying for jobs
- Acing the interview
- Creating a professional brand