Cybersecurity Jobs: What Are Potential Employers Looking For?

You’ve read our articles, researched the statistics, and determined a career in cybersecurity could be a perfect fit for you. Now, what?

Do you have what it takes to thrive within this comprehensive field of study? Read on to discover what cybersecurity employers are looking for in their next professional. 

DO YOU HAVE THE QUALIFICATIONS?

Managers are looking to answer one fundamental question: Is this person qualified? A decision to pursue a career in cybersecurity requires proper education, training, and certification.* We provide our students with the opportunity to gain all three attributes

Degree

According to the (ISC)² 2019 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, you need a degree to qualify for most cybersecurity career opportunities. This includes entry-level positions, as well as those requiring experience. Cybersecurity is an essential function of the contemporary business world. Employers need to know that you are well-trained and knowledgeable in various cybersecurity areas and up-to-date with today’s industry standards.

Experience

Since risk management is critical to the success of modern organizations, employers value real-world cybersecurity experience when making hiring decisions. Candidates who have hands-on experience with simulated cybersecurity risks, threats, and vulnerabilities are better prepared to handle these scenarios when they happen on the job.

Certifications

Earning and maintaining cybersecurity industry certifications* shows employers that you have the knowledge and skills required. Credentials are created by independent, third-party organizations with high-quality standards. By earning these professional certifications, you’re showing employers that you have met these standards.

With these three relevant credentials on your resume, business owners will be more inclined to pursue an interview and begin the screening process. Your educational background assures them that qualified professionals manage their data, programs, and software.  

DO YOU HAVE THE SKILLS?

A career in cybersecurity involves a compilation of skills and skill sets that differentiate candidates from their competition and can be used toward the professional success of their company.

Employers need candidates ready to hit the ground running and use their hands-on skills to prevent, detect, and combat cybersecurity threats. Alongside these specific skills, employers will be looking for a set of soft skills that enable candidates to learn while on the job. 

Some of those skills include: 

Writing Skills

Cybersecurity professionals deal in detail with data breaches, system mockups, and other informative documents. Therefore, the ability to write technically about these areas is necessary for your success in cybersecurity. 

Interpersonal Skills

Most cybersecurity professionals work in a team environment and are involved in many functional areas of the organization. The ability to work with others isn’t going away anytime soon, so candidates in this field shouldn’t think of themselves as stuck behind a computer screen and away from human interaction. 

Quick Thinking

The ability to think critically and with speed to mitigate potentially threatening damage to network systems is the priority of the cyber manager. Therefore, candidates should assess their ability to act quickly and efficiently under pressure before pursuing a career in cybersecurity. 

The cybersecurity field is alive with opportunities and is very competitive. The best jobs go to the best candidates, and the best candidates are often those who are the most qualified, prepared, and motivated. 

READY TO BEGIN YOUR CAREER IN CYBERSECURITY? CONTACT WVJC ONLINE TODAY!

WVJC Online offers a Cybersecurity program designed to give you the necessary tools needed to become a valuable asset to many private, non-profit, and government entities.

 Do you think you have what it takes to make it in the growing field of cybersecurity? At WVJC Online, you’ll learn to develop and maintain skills under the guidance of qualified educators, undergo the necessary certification* processes, and receive real-world experience through our externship program. 

Learn more about our program or give us a call at 877-25ONLINE.

You can also download our FREE Ebook to begin learning about what it takes to get your degree in cybersecurity!

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam.

How to Tell if a Career in Cybersecurity is Right for Me?

Have you ever considered a career in cybersecurity? If so, you may have some questions before moving forward.

The demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing. In 2019, 70 percent of qualifying organizations regularly implemented protective network systems to prevent cyber threats from compromising daily operations. As this trend continues, the door to a rewarding career in cyber technology and protection should follow. 

Below we’ve detailed a list of questions you should consider before pursuing a career in cybersecurity and how WVJC Online can help you reach your goals. 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Before entering any technology field, you should ask yourself, “What will I spend my time doing?” There are various entry-to-high level field opportunities in cybersecurity. It would be best to begin by researching each position. This will help you start formulating opinions about your level of interest and whether a cybersecurity career would be a good fit for you. 

At WVJC Online, we will help to prepare you for a career in any one of the following fields:

  • Junior Security Analyst
  • Cyber Operation Specialist
  • Data Recovery Specialist
  • Incident Responder
  • Malware Analyst
  • Pen Tester
  • Computer Support Analyst
  • Help Desk Analyst

Do you have an ability to uncover and reporting sensitive information related to the success of an organization (Incident Responder)? What about simulating a company’s black hat attacks to improve back-end protective systems (Pen Tester)? Would you enjoy identifying, examining, and understanding various forms of malware and their delivery methods (Malware Analyst)?

Answering positively to some of these questions will help push you in the right direction towards a career in cybersecurity. 

WHAT DOES THIS COMMITMENT LOOK LIKE?

In almost any profession, a commitment to lifelong learning is essential to establishing a successful career. Therefore, you should consider if a commitment to self-education in cybersecurity is worthwhile. With each passing year in the modern world, methods, field knowledge, and technology will continue to improve — as will those cyber threats you are tasked to mitigate. 

You should ask yourself the following three questions:

  • Do you enjoy learning about technology?
  • Do you like the prospect of implementing your skills in a professional work environment?
  • Are you willing to keep your skills up-to-date and continue developing them over time?

Cybersecurity is a field alive with opportunities. The best candidates are those who take a long-term approach to learn in their respective fields.

WILL I HAVE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE?

A decision to pursue a career in cybersecurity will require proper education, training, and certification.* At WVJC Online, we’re committed to providing all three. Our 90 credit program will provide you with the quality education, training, and opportunity for certification* that you’ll need before pursuing a career in cybersecurity. 

However, nothing is better than firsthand experience. We help students gain hands-on experience by providing an externship at the end of their program.

If you’ve made it this far, but aren’t sold on the idea of a career in cybersecurity just yet, look in your community for employment opportunities, externships, or related engagements into gaining experiential knowledge of this field.

Just like a prospect for the police academy, a ride-along might be what you need before making a well-informed decision about your future. This could be a place for you to garner and hone the skills necessary for a satisfying and rewarding career in cybersecurity and protection. 

READY TO BEGIN YOUR CAREER IN CYBERSECURITY? CONTACT WVJC ONLINE TODAY!

WVJC Online offers a cybersecurity program designed to develop cybersecurity and system administration skills that will make you a valuable asset to many private, non-profit, and government entities. 

Choosing a career in cybersecurity can be an excellent move for you and your future. The exciting field of cybersecurity is growing, and employers are hiring trained candidates to fill these positions. In our program, you can learn to succeed without prior cybersecurity knowledge, making it beginner-friendly.

If you would like to learn more about our Cybersecurity program, call us at 877-25ONLINE or click here to apply to our Cybersecurity program and find out how you can start your journey to a new career in cybersecurity today!

 

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam. 

Randy Holcomb – Student Highlight

Randy is a thirty‑one-year-old working toward obtaining an associate degree in information technology.  His favorite class so far has been Networking 103.  When asked why that class was his favorite said, “that’s the class where you finally put your knowledge and hard work to use.  You’ve spent all this time creating your ‘baby,’ and now you can start working with it.”

Randy comes from a labor background, has an 18-month old son, and even though he is older than the traditional student, he is highly driven to succeed in his academic goals to give his family a better future. Randy decided to start a career in the IT field because he feels it would give him a career doing something interesting and new. Randy also stated that a career where you can sit while you work sounds pretty appealing after so many years of labor.

Randy feels that many WVJC faculty and staff have helped him along his academic journey, but most of all, he is grateful for Mr. Powell and Ms. Middleton. Randy stated that Ms.  Middleton worked with him and understood the financial struggles that college brings. She was patient, helpful, and did whatever she could to make sure he was able to attend WVJC. Mr.  Powell is understanding and accommodating. If it wasn’t for him, Randy feels he would not fully understand the content in the difficult IT courses. Randy states that Mr. Powell is a phenomenal instructor who goes above and beyond for his students.

Randy enjoys the challenges that college-level learning brings.  One tool he said that has been an asset to him in his college career is the “inability to lose.”  Randy is very competitive, and luckily some of his classes allow him to use that as motivation.

When asked what his favorite part of WVJC was, Randy stated, “The class structure and small class sizes are extremely beneficial.  Knowing your instructors have your back and truly want you to succeed is incredible.  The entire staff has a fantastic, helpful attitude.  Honestly, WVJC as a whole is my favorite thing.”

Randy’s advice to other students would be to put in as much work and as many hours as your instructors do.  Do not lose your motivation.  Remember your reason for being there.  You have to have accountability.  Most importantly, you have to be driven to succeed.  Your instructors can only do so much.  You’re taught 90%, and the other 10% has to come from you.

To learn more about WVJC’s Information Technology program, request information here!

Donna Hendrickson – Graduate Highlight

Donna Hendrickson, CCMA, is a graduate of the Clinical Medical Assistant program at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport Campus. She originally heard of WVJC from a radio ad and decided to look into the campus. After she visited the campus, she decided to enroll in the program. Donna was always dedicated to her work, grades, and attendance record while a student, and because of that, Donna graduated in August of 2020 with her associate degree and obtained her National Healthcareer Association, Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification.

After graduation, she went on to work at the Clarksburg Health Department, where she was working alongside the staff in the fight against COVID-19. While working, Donna decided that she wanted to go back to school for nursing, so she contacted WVJC Bridgeport to further her education. In January of 2021, Donna utilized the bridge program between the Clinical Medical Assistant program and Practical Nursing program to further her career from CMA to Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)*.

Donna says, “I cannot express how much the CMA program changed my life. I would not be accomplishing all that I am in the LPN program without that foundational knowledge.”

Donna’s favorite parts of WVJC are the instructors, the small campus, and how supportive everyone is to each other. She says, “Even after you leave, the instructors like to hear of your news and adventures in your new career.” The instructors that made the biggest impact in her life during her studies as a CMA student were Mrs. Syrews and Ms. Holyfield. In her current studies as a practical nursing student, Ms. Prusa, and Mrs. Foster.

In five years, Donna would like to be in a job that she enjoys, where she is helping patients and making their experience in a medical setting the best it can be, whether it’s working as a school nurse or an LPN in an outpatient setting.

When asked if Donna would recommend WVJC to a friend, Donna smiled and said, “I would definitely recommend WVJC to a friend. There is great support, encouragement, and career guidance if you are willing to commit to studying and attending classes.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the fast-track, career-focused programs at WVJC, request information here!

 

*Passing the NCLEX-PN exam is required to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Information Technology – Program Highlight

The fast-track Information Technology (IT) Associate Degree Program at West Virginia Junior College Charleston is an 18-month program that prepares graduates for a wide variety of entry-level positions in the technology field.  The IT Program begins with courses in PC repair and troubleshooting, operating systems, peripherals, and mobile devices. Students then progress into an in-depth course sequence focusing on networking skills and technologies, such as routing and switching.  The IT Program also focuses on security and server management, and administration. During the last 12 weeks of the program, students complete an externship to apply the IT skills learned in the classroom in the workplace.

Professional certifications are important in the technology field. In addition to earning an associate degree, WVJC students in the IT program prepare for three leading industry certifications from CompTIA. These include the A+ certification, which focuses on PC troubleshooting and repair, the Network+ certification, which focuses on networking skills and technologies, and the Security+ certification, which is optional and focuses on information security.

The Information Technology program is now enrolling for evening classes.  If you are interested in learning more about the fast-track, career-focused programs at WVJC, such as Information Technology, request information here!

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Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting and defending against unauthorized access of networks, devices, programs, and data. With the constant changes in technology, companies need trained cybersecurity professionals to accomplish this goal.

Small businesses, large corporations, nonprofits, government agencies, and educational institutions all need qualified employees to help them defend against attacks.

The need for trained cybersecurity professionals is projected to increase well into the future as technology continues to change and the world gets more digital. Choosing a career in cybersecurity can set you up for success now and in the future as you advance your career in this growing field.

Now is your chance to get information about a cybersecurity career that could change your life! This could be a perfect career choice for veterans, women, career changers, and beginners with no computer experience.

Join us for this exciting cybersecurity webinar and find out:

  • What is cybersecurity
  • Why you should choose a career in cybersecurity
  • What cybersecurity career opportunities are available
  • What employers need in cybersecurity candidates
  • What cybersecurity certifications are valuable
  • WVJC Online Cybersecurity Associate Degree

You will discover what cybersecurity jobs employers are hiring for and what skills, education, experience, and certifications they need in candidates. Learn all about WVJC’s Cybersecurity Associate Degree and how we support our students every step of the way.

Space is limited for this exciting webinar, so register now to reserve your seat and find out how to start your cybersecurity career today!

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Kaitlyn Pack – Student Highlight

Kaitlyn Pack graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in 2019. During her senior year, Kaitlyn was trying to decide where she wanted to go to college. She met with High School Admissions Advisor, Stephanie Duncan, while she was still in high school. “Stephanie is the reason I am here at WVJC! She told me WVJC is a lot of fun, and we are like a big family, and I am now part of the WVJC family!” Kaitlyn knew she wanted to be close to home, and after exploring her options, she decided WVJC was the best fit for her!

It was an easy decision for Kaitlyn to pursue an education for an Associate Degree in Clinical Medical Assistant because she has always loved the medical field! Kaitlyn said, “My favorite part about attending WVJC is the teachers! Everyone is like a big family! We all communicate, and everyone is there if you need them, no matter the situation.”

She continued, “My favorite person at WVJC is Mrs. Kellie! She is always in a good mood, and when I see her, it makes me happy because she is always happy!”  We asked Kaitlyn what her favorite medical assisting class was, and she said, “Clinical Laboratory Procedures is my favorite class because we got to take blood, and I loved it!” It seems like just yesterday that Kaitlyn started college at WVJC!  Now she is preparing for her externship and is looking forward to applying her medical skills in a hands-on medical office.

After graduation, Kaitlyn hopes to get a job as a medical assistant at a hospital. She would like to relocate to North Carolina or South Carolina.  In 5 years, Kaitlyn would like to be working as a medical assistant, have her own house, and driving a nice car. Kaitlyn said, “I would refer a friend to WVJC because it is a friendly place. The staff and students are all friendly, and if you want close to home, this WVJC is the place to go!” If you would like to know more about the fast-track medical assisting training program or other programs at WVJC, request information here!

Cybersecurity – Online Program Highlight

Technology is a huge part of everyday life, and is on the top of the list of frustrations when it is not working properly.  If you are an individual that loves to solve technical issues and are looking for a new career, you might be drawn towards information technology. At WVJC Online, we have developed a robust and fast-track Cybersecurity associate degree program. Our Cybersecurity program gives students the tools they need to become successful IT professionals and learn skills that will help protect businesses against cyber threats and attacks.

Within this program, students learn a variety of skills including, but not limited to: risk assessment, forensics, ethical hacking, intrusion detection, and security architecture. Since having a hands-on approach is so important when learning about new technology, students get to branch out from regular online classroom learning and have the opportunity to experience virtual simulations from the comfort of their own home, and then complete an externship where they will work alongside industry professionals for 12 weeks. At the end of the 18-month program, students will earn an associate degree and will have had the opportunity to sit for three industry certifications – Network+, Security+, and Cybersecurity Analyst+ (CySA+) certification. All three of these certifications are offered through CompTIA, a globally recognized certifying body for technology certifications.

Once a potential student decides that cybersecurity is the right path for them and they have taken that important step of requesting information, one of our online admissions advisors will be in touch! They will lead you on a personalized virtual college tour and provide details about the cybersecurity program, as well as everything else WVJC has to offer – career services, academic support team, and financial aid (to those who qualify). Potential students will then meet virtually with an instructor from our cybersecurity program, and they will work together to determine acceptance.

If you are interested in fast-tracking your career in cybersecurity, contact WVJC Online today!

Stacie Street – Graduate Highlight

The experience that a student has in college is often one that can never be forgotten. However, when that feeling is unexpectedly good, it is even better. Stacie Street is a graduate of WVJC Morgantown’s Clinical Medical Assistant Program. Like many students at WVJC, this was not her first attempt at college.  “I attended two other colleges before WVJC. The classes were too big, and the staff didn’t really take the time to help. I had one professor that seemed to really care (about me).”  Stacie came to us with a background in phlebotomy and experience as an EMT, but wanted to be more well-rounded. The reason for this is that she had a dream job and this job needed her to have a broader skillset.

Stacie stated that she came to WVJC because the classes were small and there was more individual time with instructors. She also liked the short term (18 month) associate degree. However, she realized something else once she became a student. She enjoyed being a member of student government.  “I never thought I’d say this but being the Vice-President of student government (was my favorite part of attending WVJC).” Stacie surprised herself by getting involved. She stated that had it not been for caring faculty, she may never have had the experience that means so much to her now. “I really can’t get over how much the staff seems to care about each and every student. I felt more at ease at WVJC than I did at the other colleges. It just felt right being there.”

Not only did Stacie have an unexpected experience, but she found herself with a different dream as well. “I’m hoping in 5 years that I will be working in OB or surgery. I already have 2 wonderful boys, so really the only thing I could hope for in 5 years is a happy family and successful career. “

If Stacie’s experience sounds like something you would like to experience for yourself request information here!

Latasha Hedrick – Student Highlight

Latasha Hedrick is a mother of three and looking forward to her new career as a dental assistant.   Latasha is not new to the West Virginia Junior College family. She graduated the first time from WVJC in 2019 with an associate degree in Medical Office Administration. After graduating from that program, she began working at Mountain State Medical Specialties in Clarksburg. She enjoyed her work and the facility but wanted something more hands-on.

As a mom of three and the youngest only being seven months old, Latasha decided to continue her education one more time. She thought about what her interests were and wanted something that was not only hands-on, but also fast-paced, so she decided on the Dental Assisting program. Picking the program was harder for her than picking the college. Latasha knew she wanted to go back to WVJC!  “WVJC was a great fit for me the first time. The 18-month program, reasonable schedule, and small class size fit my availability with being a mom of three.”

Latasha enjoys being a mom and chasing after her kids, as most parents do. However, she is looking forward to obtaining employment as a dental assistant. Latasha has a lot to offer to any dental facility. Her degrees in medical office and dental will serve her well as an employee. Her ability to assist the dentist as well as the front office will be greatly beneficial and look great on her resume. “I look forward to this career path and can’t wait to start working.” Latasha is confident that her skills, education, and work ethic will serve her well in this field of study.

To learn more about WVJC’s Dental Assisting program, request information here!