I often get asked about specific, detailed technical requirements – certifications like CISM and CISSP, SANS training, specific vendor technologies, degree programs, programming skills. When I ask people what type of role they are interested in, I often get confused answers – people who don’t really know what type of role they want. There’s such a huge diversity of jobs – technical, operational, governance, leadership, support, dev, red team, blue team – that there is no one set of skills or experience that leads to success.
Start by identifying the type of job you want or are suited for based on previous experience or skillset. If you come from IT or appdev, it may be a technical role. If you come from project management or business, it may be governance. Talk to professionals at events to get a sense of what they do in their jobs day to day, and then select a career track that appeals to you. Once you know the track, you can dive into the specific qualifications that will help you be successful.