Career pathway in Cyber Security

Today’s generation lives on the internet and since every business is going digital the demand for cyber security is on hike. The demand for cyber security has also led to the demand for cyber security professionals. These professionals have ample of responsibilities but their chief task is to protect the data from being exploited by the hackers.

What is Cyber Security?

Cyber security is the protection of internet connected devices, including software, hardware and data from cyber attacks and threats. It basically secures the data from unauthorized access, unauthorized modification and unauthorized deletion.

Skills required for career in Cyber Security

Hard skills

  • Programming skills

  • Learning security principles

  • Risk analysis and management

  • Understanding network protocols

  • Project management

Soft skills

  • Problem solving skills

  • Communication skills

  • Critical thinking

  • Enthusiast

  • Stay up to date on industry trends

Job Role and Salary

“There has never been a better time to consider cyber security as a career”

Common cyber security feeder roles

  • Networking

  • Software Development

  • System Engineering

  • Financial and Risk Analysis

  • Security Intelligence

Core cyber security career roles

These career roles are based on experience and education level and hence classified as:

1. Entry-level

Security Specialist/Technician: Corporate or organizations use security specialists to look over their day to day operations and data structures. They manage the system from threats and conduct risk analysis. The average salary of security specialists is ₹7.5 lakh.

Incident Res-ponder: They are the savior of the digital world. They prevent breaches and are the first ones to resolve an emergency. The average salary is ₹5.2 lakh

Security Auditor: They make and implement audits on the policies constructed by governments and organizations. They make reports about the systems. In early career the average salary with experience of 1-4 years is around ₹5.2 lakh. In mid career the average salary with experience of 5-9 years is around ₹10 lakh.

2. Mid-level

Security Analyst: They give digital security to the company. They analyze the future and make results. An analyst acts as a shield for the company against hackers. The average salary of an analyst starts from ₹4.5 lakh and goes to around ₹6 lakh.

Security Consultant: They act as both attackers and defenders for a device. They figure out how to secure the system and prevent the hackers from exploitation of data. The average salary of a consultant is ₹6.9 lakh.

Penetration Tester: They examine the security weakness of networks and servers and improvise the security. They work in many industries like finance, business and healthcare. The average salary of a penetration tester is ₹2.9 lakh.

3. Advance-level

Security Manager/Administrator :They concentrate more on managing and administrating rather than doing technical work. They delegate resources and responsibilities to employees. Their average salary is approx ₹10.5 lakh.

Security Engineer :They design, implement and secure networks against hackers. They assist any security breach investigation. The average salary is ₹3.8Lakh to ₹5.5 lakh.

Security Architect : They plan, research and design security architectures for companies and IT projects. They make and test the organization's final security structure. The average salary is around ₹19.9 lakh.

Importance of Cyber Security

We live in a digital world. Our work lives, personal lives and finances have all begun drifting towards the world of internet, mobile and electronic devices. Unfortunately, this event makes us more vulnerable than ever to malicious attacks, fraud and threats. That’s why cyber security is such a vital part of a secure digital world. Cyber security keeps us safe from hackers, cyber criminals and frauds.


  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

  • Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)

  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

  • SANS

  • IT Infrastructure Library (ITFL)

  • CompTIA's popular base-level security certification (Security+)

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Note: The above listed salaries must vary from individual skill sets, knowledge, certifications and also from city to city.

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