Those thinking of working in cybersecurity-related positions in the federal government—one of the most in-demand occupations—should be aware that not all positions in the field require a technical background, according to a blog posting by the Partnership for Public Service.
“You don’t have to be a hacker, a developer or a computer scientist to land a job in cybersecurity. Even without cyber-related technical training, you could work within the cybersecurity field in positions such as policy analyst, program manager or data scientist,” it says.
While technical training may not be needed for such positions—in contrast to positions such as network engineer, vulnerability analyst or penetration tester–it says, it would be wise to educate oneself on the overall field, how it operates in the federal government, and take advantage of free training available through agencies such as DoD and DHS.
The posting adds: “It’s important to understand that cybersecurity threats change constantly and quickly, and certifications are not a guarantee that technologies, processes and techniques employed will provide successful responses to cybersecurity challenges.
“The key to pursuing a successful cybersecurity career is to be flexible and willing to adjust course when looking for ways to solve cyber-related problems, while staying focused on the end goal—keeping our nation secure. Just as the threats, technologies and approaches to cybersecurity constantly evolve, so should anyone who works with them,” it says.