The idea of the cybersecurity industry might seem like something out of a spy movie or a Y2K party. But despite the alien ring of words like cyberattacks, the industry is no longer niche or obscure. From banks to governments to social media companies, organizations across the board require an increasing number of professionals trained in cybersecurity to help protect them. The field is growing at an ever-quickening pace.
Simply put, cybersecurity is the application of technologies and processes to protect systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These attacks typically attempt to uncover sensitive information, extort money, or exploit businesses. As the world becomes increasingly digital and the information on the Internet becomes more valuable, these attacks are increasing in frequency.
Cybersecurity is an international industry with professionals across the globe. Canada is no exception, and the country is home to more than 11,000 people with well-paying jobs in cybersecurity, representing $1.7 billion of GDP. The industry’s only expanding from here on out, making this an excellent time to transition into a career in cybersecurity.
To help more professionals reskill into cybersecurity and bolster Canada’s industry, the strategic and community-focused CyberNB is here. CyberNB is on a mission as a connector and multiplier working towards the collective advancement of Canada’s booming cybersecurity sector. CyberNB takes a holistic approach to the success of this sector by spearheading initiatives that align schools, skills and jobs. CyberNB’s latest initiative is the Cybersecurity Bootcamp, powered by Lighthouse Labs. Now you can upskill into cybersecurity through a 12-week remote program.
To explain more about the cybersecurity industry in Canada and beyond, what a job in cybersecurity might look like, and why it’s a great time to upskill into the industry, we spoke with Dolev Farhi. Dolev is a Principal Security Engineer at Wealthsimple, who has a genuine love for the industry and a wealth of insider knowledge. Read the interview to learn more about cybersecurity from an industry expert.
LHL: What is your main area of expertise within cybersecurity?
D: “...My area of expertise is security engineering, which is a pretty generic term and can mean many things to a variety of people. It boils down to solving advanced engineering problems companies face that require applied security in a wide variety of domains to support the business goals.
Whether it’s a new product that’s about to get released or a new feature of an existing product, everything has some security element that could break. They need to be reviewed, tested and vetted to reduce the risk to the business and support the day-to-day operations.”
LHL: What is the cybersecurity industry in Canada like? Is there a lot of growth happening at the moment?
D: “Canada’s cybersecurity industry is interesting, because we have a variety of businesses in banking and healthcare. Both of these sectors have been significantly impacted by cybersecurity breaches in the last few years.
With remote work now being the norm, we are seeing more US-based companies start to tap into the local Canadian market, whether by hiring remote engineers or by opening local Canadian branches to better serve their local customers. Some recent examples are Reddit, Netflix, Cloudflare, and Square, among others.
Hackers are not going away any time soon and the world is only going to get more connected. As long as this is our reality, cybersecurity professionals will always be required…”
LHL: Is there a need for more professionals trained in cybersecurity?
D: “... Cybersecurity needs more diversity from people of different backgrounds and cultures who can bring their unique perspectives. The industry needs to innovate and move faster than the bad actors do, and this requires human resources to grow the talent pool required to develop long-term strategies. Security is not only an engineering problem, it’s much more complex than that.”
LHL: What can a job in cybersecurity look like?
D: ”...Cybersecurity is a pretty large industry with multiple disciplines within it: Cloud Security, Network Security, Application Security, and Data Security, to name a few. A career can be built in each one of them, or across multiple disciplines.
You could be in a customer facing role providing recommendations to companies on how they should protect themselves against attacks. Or, you could be configuring your own company’s firewall to allow employees to securely work remotely. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
If you think about how militaries operate, cybersecurity is similar. A military protects their country and its citizens by having skilled troops in their lines, who can operate at one or more spaces, such as combat units, domestic and international intelligence gathering, airspace defence, back office work, etc.
Cybersecurity is similar - its goals are to support the business by reducing risk, to develop strategies to detect, and to respond and prevent various threats that put daily operations at risk.”
Upskill into Cybersecurity with CyberNB’s Bootcamp
If you’re interested in a career in cybersecurity, CyberNB can help you train into the industry with their new Cyber Bootcamp, powered by Lighthouse Labs. This virtual training program provides digital upskilling for those with non-technical backgrounds, or with basic digital experience. The 12-week program offers mentorship and practical, hands-on skills that will help you successfully launch a new career in cybersecurity. Demo Days allow you to showcase your new skills to potential employers, and virtual job fairs will have you connecting with CyberNB’s large network of partners across the country. All this will set you up for success in an exciting new field that needs more skilled professionals.
Is Cyber Bootcamp for me?
Whether you’re a recent grad or someone who’s looking for a career change, this program is great for applicants that thrive on problem solving, collaboration, and attention to detail. This bootcamp is well suited for beginners or intermediates with some experience in computing. The field of cybersecurity can also be a unique opportunity for those transitioning out of the military and looking to apply their skills to a civilian career.
What Will the Program Cover?
Learn at your own pace as you tackle modules on server administration, network security, threat modelling, analysis, and incident response.
Learning these subjects will qualify you for entry-level roles, including (but not limited to):
- Cybersecurity Specialist/Technician
- Cybersecurity Incident Analyst/Responder
- Cybersecurity Analyst
The first Cyber Bootcamp cohort starts in September 2021 for students across Canada.
Are you ready to start your new career?