There is no safe online network, that’s what the group of hackers in movie “Who am I” said. Indeed, working online, remote, from home or whatever you call it increase the risk of cyber-attack. While the number cyber-attack increases, especially during pandemic, the demand for cyber security specialist also increase. If you ever thinking how to have a Freelance Career in Cyber Security. You can check the top demand skills for a freelance cyber Security in this reading and get the skills here.
As per the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, cyber security job growth rate is projected at 37% from 2012 to 2022. This growth is faster than the average for all other careers. National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) in India estimated that India will need 1 million cyber security professionals by 2020.
What about small and medium businesses who have limited technological resources and therefore a smaller hiring budget? This is where someone can work on contract as a cyber security freelancer. It can be you.
Here are top demand skills for a freelance cyber Security :
Web Application Security
Using web vulnerability scanner like Acunetix or Nessus or the open-source ZAP, one can find vulnerabilities and flaws in a web application. Freelancers can help fix these flaws as per the given recommendations and best practices. You need to know not only the programming language but also some cross-domain knowledge on networking and cryptography for this.
Vulnerability assessment is the process of identifying, classifying and prioritizing vulnerabilities (weaknesses) in IT infrastructure and applications. Vulnerability assessment report provides information about weaknesses in an organization’s systems. As freelancer, you can do vulnerability assessment using various free and paid tools including automated vulnerability scanners.
Penetration testing is an approved cyber-attack on a system. The objective of penetration testing is to assess the security of the system. Freelancers who are skilled in ethical hacking can perform penetration testing using a variety of free and paid tools.
Incident Handling and Response
The aim of incident handling and response is to identify and respond to unexpected disruptive events so as to limit the impact within acceptable levels. These events can be result of cyber-attacks mounted on the network or due to errors, accidents, and system / process failure. As freelancers, you can help the business to understand the impact and how to contain it as also prevent its recurrence.
Firewall/IDS/IPS/SIEM Administration or Support
Those entities who don’t have the technical resources to help configure various security devices like firewall, IDS, IPS etc, seek help from freelancing consultants. Freelancers need to have hands-on experience on the devices and should partner with security vendors / distributors.
Audit and Compliance
Organizations have to comply with various regulations for their stakeholders’ safety and security. For example, GDPR compliance is mandatory for anyone having customers in Europe, irrespective of the business’s location. Freelancers can help organizations achieve this compliance and even audit them. Similarly, businesses who want to be reassured go for ISO 27000 and similar certifications. Freelancing consultants can audit or certify such organizations.
Training for Cyber Security
In Cyber security field your experience and skills much matter therefore if you are a skilled hacker, getting an OSCP certification puts a stamp on your skills and clears the career path. You can also get certifications such as CISSP, CISA, CISM, CEH, OSCP and Security+ to leverage your career.
Now you already know the top demand skills to be a professional cyber security. If you already have basic IT skill you can continue to learn the skill about cyber security here. After that you can launch your freelance profile as a cyber security professional on Flexgigzz. According to Ziprecruiter a Freelance Cyber Security in the US makes on average $101,324 per year. So, get the opportunity now !
Source : www.how2freelance.com
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