How To Get A Cybersecurity Job In Singapore in 2023
Updated: Apr 15
What Is Cybersecurity Like Today?
Cybersecurity has been and will continue to be an essential yet often invisible part of our everyday lives. The growth of the internet, digital services, online connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) has led to the exponential growth of the cybersecurity industry. Companies, government organisations and even individuals all rely on cybersecurity.
As hackers and threats online increase in their sophistication and strength, the cybersecurity industry needs to keep evolving and growing to keep up with these changes. As news of breaches and leaks continue to increase, communities have sprung up worldwide to talk about cybersecurity and discuss the latest trends in the industry to keep up. So naturally, interest in cybersecurity as a career has grown; everyone from fresh graduates to mid-career professionals are now looking to ride the wave.
According to a study done by the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA), the cybersecurity industry will grow to reach US$889 million in 2022, and with 70% of that comprising of cybersecurity services.
Would you like to be part of this exciting new industry?
Navigating a Vast & Blooming Industry
Trying to begin your career in cybersecurity can often be confusing.
Questions such as 'Where can I go to learn cybersecurity?' or 'What do I need to learn first?' are common for individuals looking to begin their cybersecurity education. Similar to software engineering, one can pick up cybersecurity skills in a variety of ways – there are universities offering cybersecurity courses, online programmes, training organisations and, of course, self-learning.
Not only is deciding where to begin a daunting task, figuring out which area of cybersecurity to pursue first is also a feat in itself. There are many programmes in the market, all offering multiple configurations of cybersecurity education depending on job scope, industry roles, certifications, team colours and more. While this gives you more choice in terms of what you can do in the industry, it also makes it hard to choose where to begin.
Cybersecurity is a highly dynamic and vast industry, with multiple specialisation options across different sectors and because of that, there are many options to pursue. Due to the nature of cybersecurity, there is no 'best path'. It depends on what area of cybersecurity you find yourself most interested in.
For instance, if you're drawn towards hacking and malware, being in the Red Team as a penetration tester or vulnerability assessor would be perfect for you. On the other hand, if you find defending against threats and different agents more enticing, sitting in the Security Operations Centre (SOC) as a Blue Team member is where you should be.
You may also find yourself playing management roles in the cybersecurity industry as a Purple, White, Green or Orange Team member whose jobs are to manage stakeholders within the company regarding digital security in a variety of ways.
Cybersecurity Roles & Job Scopes
We have listed the six most commonly identified teams below with the corresponding job scope and associated certifications. If you're new to Cybersecurity, researching into each job scope and certificate may be challenging and cumbersome. Hence, we highly recommend that you contact our Career Consultant who is dedicated to guide you through each step of the way from Career to Curriculum to Certification. Contact us at https://www.centreforcybersecurity.com/contact, or join our 1-hour 'Entering Cybersecurity' information session for free.
Black Box Testing
Web App Scanning
CEH (Master only)
Incident Response (IR)