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Cybersecurity Careers

Career Pathway

Entry Level

Intermediate Level

Advanced Level

Information Security Analyst

Cyber Crime Analyst

Incident Analyst

Information Security Specialist

IT Auditor

Entry-level cybersecurity roles primarily revolves around the responsibility of aiding in the prevention of data breaches, security threats, and network attacks by hackers. Their core objective is to safeguard the regular functioning of business operations.

Cybersecurity Analyst

Penetration Tester

Cybersecurity Consultant

Security System Administrator

At this level, the role involves gaining a comprehensive understanding of the company's IT infrastructure, with a specific and detailed focus on ensuring the protection of all company assets, including hardware, software, and network integrity. Responsibilities may also include conducting authorized attack simulations to assess system vulnerabilities and mitigate their potential impacts.

Cybersecurity Manager

Information Security Manager

Cryptography Engineer

Cybersecurity Architect

At the senior-level, professionals are tasked with the comprehensive monitoring of information flow within an organization's information network, overseeing both incoming and outgoing channels. Moreover, they play a pivotal role in the observation and management of infrastructure and operational aspects. Further, at this level, cybersecurity engineers are responsible for the encryption of a company's sensitive data using intricate algorithms.

How To Get Started

High School Classes

Math and Science Courses
Computer Science Courses
Any Technology Courses


Women in Cybersecurity
RBC Graduate Scholarship

Majors At Universities

Information Technology
Cybersecurity/Information Security
Business Technology Management
Computer Science
Computer Engineering
Software Engineering

Additional Ways to Get Ahead

Check resources on cybersecurity

Ask your guidance counsellor about opportunities in cybersecurity

Participate in cybersecurity competitions

Read and follow cybersecurity news

Student Internships

Government Cybersecurity Student Internships

Communications Security Establishment (CSE)

Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)

Public Safety Canada (PS)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

Federal Student Work Exchange Program (FWEP)

Government Cybersecurity Student Internships

Opportunities can be found by browsing through job boards, such as Linkedin, Indeed, Glassdoor, etc. Large companies like IBM and Facebook hire interns regularly, where you can apply directly from the official website.

Required Skills

Problem solving: The ability to solve technical problems efficiently.

Analytical skills: These include the ability to conduct risk analysis, enabling the identification, assessment, and mitigation of potential risks through the implementation of well-defined strategies and control measures. 

Coding proficiency: Familiarity with coding and command-line usage. Knowledge of coding languages, such as Python and JavaScript is beneficial.

System and application management: Competence in configuring and maintaining organizational PCs, virtual machines, and personal mobile devices.

Automation skills: the ability to automate tasks is essential for reducing human errors and potential threats.

Security awareness and control: A cybersecurity professional should possess knowledge of routers, firewalls, cloud platforms, and the internet of things (IoT). Further, understanding policies is crucial to prevent violations and protect against malicious attacks. 


ISC Certifications

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

ISACA Certifications

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Certified Information Systems Author (CISA)

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

CompTIA Security+ (Security+)

Offensive Security Certifications

Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)

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