What It Takes to Work in Cybersecurity

by | Mar 31, 2021

With the growing interest and demand for cybersecurity, you may be wondering, is it worth it to have a transition into this field? What future awaits you if you choose to work in cybersecurity? What are the job openings across the region? And what are the best fields or sectors that need cybersecurity talents?

To give you an idea, here are some quick stats and facts on cybersecurity in APAC:

Why work in Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity has gained more traction because of the surge of digitization in many parts of the globe. Notably, the global pandemic has ushered in a whole new era for technology. In effect, this has forced companies, organizations, and government institutions to keep up with the demand.

According to NY Times, the pandemic has pushed the demand for cybersecurity talents by 350 percent higher than in 2013. This translates to about 3.5 million positions created by the end of 2021. 

Besides the opportunities available, working in cybersecurity also offers plenty of perks including:

  • New roles evolve quickly in this field as tech continues to develop – As a result, you won’t run out of options to explore. For example, if you have a knack for figuring out riddles or detecting loopholes, you might want to try working as a penetration tester. Alternatively, if you prefer analyzing data, you can hone your skills and work as a data scientist and work hand in hand with AI and machine learning specialists. 
  • Promising compensation and benefits – Because if talent crunch, companies offer highly competitive salaries and benefit packages to cybersecurity talents. While the rate may vary depending on the role or region you’re applying in, generally you can find plenty of high paying jobs if you satisfy the requirements. 
  • Continuous learning – Because the tech and cybersecurity landscape is ever-evolving, you definitely have more options to continue your training and learning. You can choose from a variety of training and certification courses to help you boost your credentials and climb up the corporate ladder. 

So now we got your interest, what skills do you need to work in cybersecurity?

What are the skills needed?

Previously, we shared about the top cybersecurity roles in APAC this 2021. Some of the positions included in our list include cybersecurity engineers, cybersecurity analysts, cybersecurity consultants and ethical hackers. 

If you’re aiming to land a job in any of these highly competitive roles, here’s a glimpse of the most in-demand skills for cybersecurity. 

Hard skills for Cybersecurity

  • Audit and compliance
  • Firewall, IPS and IDS background
  • Malware prevention
  • Mobile device management
  • Risk prevention and management
  • DevSecOps
  • Digital forensics
  • Digital information management

Soft skills for Cybersecurity

  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Networking
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to details

Are there specific certifications you need to work in Cybersecurity?

Most of the time companies hiring for cybersecurity positions require applicants to have at least a degree in Information Technology or Computer Science. In addition, some job posts specifically ask for talents with specific training certifications. 

Here are a list of the most common cybersecurity certifications and examples of cybersecurity roles that may require them:

1. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

This certification course essentially teaches you how hackers think and behave, allowing you to quickly pinpoint vulnerabilities in a system. 

Positions that often require CEH: Security analyst, cybersecurity analyst, penetration tester, security engineers, computer forensic analyst and vulnerability tester

2. CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ is a basic certification course that newbies and entry-level talents usually take to understand the fundamentals of cybersecurity. It covers various concepts including disaster recovery and creating security policies. 

Positions that often require CompTIA Security+: Basic certification for risk managers, security engineers, IT auditors, etc.

3. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

CISA certified professionals have the basic knowledge and skills in auditing and managing vulnerabilities. They have expertise in domains such as information asset protection and information systems auditing. 

Positions that often require CISA: IS or IT auditors, accounting auditors, IT risk managers

4. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

In most cases, IT and cybersecurity organization hiring for network security talents require the CISSP certification. The course includes various domains including telecommunication, cryptography and networking. 

Positions that often require CISSP: CISO, IT director, security analyst, security auditor, security architect


Take note that even if you’re from a non-technical career or background, it’s still possible to transition into cybersecurity. You simply need to determine what sort of position you want to work in, then start acquiring the skills and training certifications needed. 


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Indeed, working in cybersecurity sounds exciting. As the world opens up to digitization, we can expect to see more and more industries like healthcare, accounting, real estate, eCommerce and even supply chain management and procurement actively searching for cybersecurity talents.

If this is something that you want to pursue or if you are ready to look for jobs in the cybersecurity space, you can work with our team of specialist recruiters here at Datasearch Consulting. 

With the tight competition in the market, working with our team of professional recruiters will help you get in front of top-notch positions that fit your credentials. 

Feel free to get in touch with us today or join our newsletter to get the latest buzz on cybersecurity recruitment. 


Phoebe Lagasca is a Senior Associate at Datasearch Consulting, a leading executive recruitment firm specialising in the Financial Technology & Data sectors.

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