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Getting an Information Security Job For Dummies

Book Description

Get prepared for your Information Security job search!

Do you want to equip yourself with the knowledge necessary to succeed in the Information Security job market? If so, you've come to the right place. Packed with the latest and most effective strategies for landing a lucrative job in this popular and quickly-growing field, Getting an Information Security Job For Dummies provides no-nonsense guidance on everything you need to get ahead of the competition and launch yourself into your dream job as an Information Security (IS) guru. Inside, you'll discover the fascinating history, projected future, and current applications/issues in the IS field. Next, you'll get up to speed on the general educational concepts you'll be exposed to while earning your analyst certification and the technical requirements for obtaining an IS position. Finally, learn how to set yourself up for job hunting success with trusted and supportive guidance on creating a winning resume, gaining attention with your cover letter, following up after an initial interview, and much more.

  • Covers the certifications needed for various jobs in the Information Security field

  • Offers guidance on writing an attention-getting resume

  • Provides access to helpful videos, along with other online bonus materials

  • Offers advice on branding yourself and securing your future in Information Security

  • If you're a student, recent graduate, or professional looking to break into the field of Information Security, this hands-on, friendly guide has you covered.

    Table of Contents

      1. Cover
      2. Introduction
        1. About This Book
        2. Foolish Assumptions
        3. Icons Used in This Book
        4. Beyond the Book
        5. Where to Go from Here
      3. Part I: So You Want to Be an InfoSec Professional
        1. Chapter 1: Securing Your Future in Information Security
          1. Why Does Information Security Matter?
          2. A Brief History of Cybercrime
          3. Knowing Your Adversaries
          4. Organizations Hiring InfoSec Professionals
        2. Chapter 2: Understanding InfoSec Roles: One Day in the Life
          1. Getting Security Experience Where You Are Now
          2. Getting an Entry-level Security Position
          3. Rolling Up Your Sleeves as a Security Practitioner
          4. Getting to the Top in Security Management
          5. Understanding Success in a Security Job
        3. Chapter 3: Exploring Current Issues in Information Security
          1. Malware and Exploits
          2. Assaults on Organizations
          3. Disruptive Trends
          4. Regulatory Compliance and Privacy
          5. Information Security Standards
      4. Part II: Having the Right Stuff
        1. Chapter 4: Education, Training, and Certifications
          1. Higher Education
          2. Vendor Certifications
          3. Industry Certifications
        2. Chapter 5: Key Technology Concepts
          1. Access Control
          2. Telecommunications and Network Security
          3. Software Development Security
          4. Cryptography
          5. Physical and Environmental Security
        3. Chapter 6: Key Management Concepts
          1. Information Security Governance and Risk Management
          2. Security Architecture and Design
          3. Security Operations
          4. Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
          5. Legal, Regulations, Investigations, and Compliance
      5. Part III: Finding a Job with the Right Organization
        1. Chapter 7: Life as a Security Consultant
          1. Is Consulting Right for You?
          2. Working for a Consulting Firm
          3. Going It Alone as an Independent Consultant
          4. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Consulting
        2. Chapter 8: Working for a Security Vendor
          1. Working in Sales as a Pre-Sales Engineer
          2. Rolling Up Your Sleeves as an Implementation Engineer
          3. Helping Customers in Technical Support
          4. Watching the Fort for a Managed Security Service Provider
        3. Chapter 9: Working as an In-House Security Professional
          1. Living Your Destiny
          2. Working in the Private Sector
          3. One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Small and Large Businesses
          4. Chaos versus Calm: Growth, Mergers, and Acquisitions
          5. Working in Global Enterprises
          6. Living on the Edge with a Startup
          7. Working for a Nonprofit Organization
        4. Chapter 10: Serving in the Public Sector or Academia
          1. Working for a Federal, State, or Local Agency
          2. Working for a Military or Defense Contractor
          3. Going Back to School
      6. Part IV: Getting Hired!
        1. Chapter 11: Branding Yourself for Your Dream Career
          1. Meeting People
          2. Business Networking with LinkedIn
          3. Networking through Facebook
          4. Tweeting with Twitter
          5. Starting a Blog
          6. Writing Articles and E-Books
          7. Segregating Your Personal and Professional Lives
          8. Working with Recruiters
        2. Chapter 12: Creating a Winning Resume
          1. The Basics of a Great Resume
          2. Formatting Your Resume
          3. Tailoring Your Resume
          4. Types of Resumes
          5. What Not to Put in Your Resume
          6. Examples of Winning Resumes
        3. Chapter 13: Getting Attention with Your Cover Letter
          1. Cover Letter Scenarios
          2. Essential Elements of the Cover Letter
        4. Chapter 14: The Interview: Bringing Your Resume to Life
          1. Knowing Why Interviews Are Important
          2. Being Prepared for the Interview
          3. Types of Interviews and Tips for Each
          4. Your Turn to Ask Questions
          5. Focusing on the Goal
        5. Chapter 15: After the Interview
          1. Writing a Thank-You Letter
          2. Following Up
          3. Other Sources of Information about You
          4. Negotiating the Offer
          5. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
          6. Welcome Aboard!
      7. Part V: The Part of Tens
        1. Chapter 16: Ten Organizations for InfoSec Professionals
          1. ASIS International
          2. Center for Internet Security (CIS)
          3. CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC)
          4. Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)
          5. International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council)
          6. Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
          7. InfraGard
          8. International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium [(ISC)<sup xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">2</sup>]]
          9. ISACA
          10. SANS (System Administration, Networking, and Security) Institute
        2. Chapter 17: Ten Security Resources to Help You Stay Current
          1. Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)
          2. Dark Reading
          3. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report
          4. Computer Security Resource Center: NIST Special Publications
          5. Hakin9
          6. Information Security Magazine
          7. ISACA Journal
          8. Risks Digest
          9. SANS Reading Room
          10. Hacker's Quarterly
        3. Chapter 18: Ten Essential Security References
          1. Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
          2. Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM)
          3. Unified Compliance Framework (UCF)
          4. ISO27001
          5. Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
          6. Center for Internet Security (CIS)
          7. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)
          8. COBIT 5 Toolkit
          9. U.S. and International Technology Laws
          10. Top 125 Network Security Tools
          11. Bonus Resource: InfoSysSec
        4. Chapter 19: Ten Great Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
          1. How Has Your Department Contributed to the Success of the Company?
          2. What Are Some of the Biggest Challenges Your Department Is Facing?
          3. What Keeps You Excited About Coming to Work Every Day?
          4. What Do You Like About Working Here?
          5. Can You Describe How We Would Be Working Together?
          6. What Is the Makeup of the Team or Organization?
          7. What Are the Key Traits of Your Most Successful Employees?
          8. How Would You Define Success During the First 90 Days?
          9. Do You Have Any Concerns About Me That I Can Address Now?
          10. What Is Your Next Step in the Selection Process?
      8. Glossary
      9. About the Author
      10. Cheat Sheet
      11. Connect with Dummies
      12. End User License Agreement