Cybersecurity Needs You!

The demand for cybersecurity talent is high and critical roles go unfilled each year due to a years-long talent shortage. If you are looking for a career that offers lots of opportunities for learning, rewarding work, and zero stagnation, consider cybersecurity.

This page features information about how to get into cybersecurity with little to no technical experience, information on the types of roles within cybersecurity, and resources to help you learn more about the exciting, in-demand field. We add new content often so make sure to visit us regularly. If you have any questions about getting into cybersecurity, email us at new2cyber@sans.org.

Learn the Fundamentals

Gain real-world skills and knowledge from the top experts in cybersecurity. SANS New to Cybersecurity curriculum features multiple options to meet the needs of anyone looking to enter the field. From zero technical experience to basic IT knowledge, SANS has a solution that will enable you to select a starting point for your cybersecurity learning journey.
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New to Cyber Field Manual

This manual contains several sections, each focusing on different ways to develop cybersecurity skills. If you focus your efforts on each one, you will gain exposure to the industry and be able to better define your specific pathway and interests.

Degree Programs and Scholarship Academies

In addition to courses and certifications, SANS also offers academic and scholarship-based programs for people looking to enter the cybersecurity field. You don't need a technical background or experience to apply.

Cybersecurity Offers a Variety of Job Roles

There are a variety of different job roles in cybersecurity and every industry is in need of skilled talent. There are entry-level to mid-level in audit, cyber defense, red team, purple team, forensics, and cloud. There is also a high demand for managers and executives with cybersecurity skills and knowledge.

Here are some resources where you can learn more about cybersecurity job roles and their current demand:

Cyber Seek 

Cyber SN 

National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies

 We complied a list of the 20 Coolest Cybersecurity Jobs and highlighted what the role does, why it is important and what certifications are needed to land this job. 

Free Resources

No technical experience is required to start your journey towards a cybersecurity career. Begin learning the basics with these free resources.

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