Frequently asked questions

General

How do I go about getting a job in Cyber Security?


There are numerous opportunities in the field of Information Security with the ever-growing adoption of varying technologies across many businesses. If you are keen on getting a job in Information Security, you need to prepare yourself for the industry by gaining knowledge and required skills. This can be done through multiple means such as personal research, self-study or enrolling in a training programme (at CyberGees). We have a blog specifically covering this topic, highlighting the various roles, opportunities and desired skills. A link to the blog can be found here




I heard the Cyber Security profession is wide-ranging; how will I know which area is best for me?


Yes, it is true that the cyber security profession is wide-ranging, including both technical and non-technical roles. There are roles for self-starters, the social ones or the geeks. On our courses, we will introduce you to various roles and what it takes to succeed in each of them.




What is the difference between Cyber and Information Security?


Terms such as: Cyber Security, Digital Security, Information Security and Data Security are often used interchangeably these days in relation to the security of organisations' information systems. Whilst there are subtle differences between them, they are mostly used to represent the same things.

In general, the broadest of these terms is 'Information Security' which often represents the security of information in all forms, including both digital and non-digital representations such as paper and diagrams. All other terms generally refer to data in digital forms such as those found in computers, mobile phones and tablets.




Being new to the world of Information Security, what certifications would you recommend?


Whilst each individual certification has differing requirements, there are some certifications which are specifically intended for individuals with many years of experience in the world of IT or Information Systems.

There are also a few which are well suited to individuals without much experience or just starting out in Cyber Security such as: GIAC's Information Security Fundamentals; ISACA's Cybersecurity Fundamentals; BCS's CISMP; CompTIA Security+ or ISC2's SSCP.




How much time do I need to prepare for an entry level certification?


This depends on multiply factors such as your current knowledge of the subject; how quickly you can assimilate new information and how much time you are able to dedicate to studying. We generally advise candidates to allow about 6 to 8 weeks when studying between 15 to 20 hours a week for new certifications.




I am not good with computers, can I still get a role in the Cyber Security industry?


A basic understanding of computers and how they work, generally provides an advantage for individuals in most industries. This remains the same in the world of cyber security, however; there are other skills you can bring to the party such as: effective communication, business and financial awareness; project management and critical / analytical thinking. We support candidates and help them run through the options / cyber roles available to them during our courses.




I am not technical, can I work in Cyber Security?


Yes. Cyber Security requires both technical and non-technical skill as delivering Cyber Security requires 'People', 'Process' and 'Technology'. So, if you are a good communicator; a people person or interested in creating or optimising processes then you could be a cyber security professional even without ever writing a single line of code.




Is Cyber Security all about hacking?


Not all Cyber Security professionals are hackers. It is essential to understand how attacks are carried out but a lot of security professionals work on other aspects such as governance, risk management, audit, vulnerability management and a whole lot more.




Where do I search to find Cyber Security jobs?


Most jobs are advertised online on numerous job boards offering both permanent and contract roles. You should use your favourite search engine to find listings for "information security" vacancies.




In simple terms, what does a Cyber Security professional do?


A cyber security professional primarily helps to secure any organization from information risks that may impact the organization in realising it's business objectives. The core function is to ensure the continued 'Confidentiality', 'Integrity' and 'Availability' of information and information systems.




Do I need a certification before I can get into a Cyber Security role?


You could think of a certification as similar to a driving license. It does not prove you are the safest driver, but it is a validation by a third party that you are competent enough to drive. Certifications are a great way to tell an employer that you have some of the skills and competencies they require so we encourage candidates to get certified. This is however; not a fixed pre-requisite for landing a job.




What certification courses can I take?


There are so many certifications available but they are broadly along two lines: vendor specific certifications such as those from Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, AWS and Google, and vendor neutral certification such as those from ISC2, CompTIA, ISACA, BSC, SANS, EC-Council etc. A good analysis of these certification on Wikipedia can be found here. A certification roadmap from the CompTIA organisation can also be found in this link. Kindly note these external sites are not affiliated with CyberGees and are not liable for the accuracy of content or security of sites.




Should I take a neutral or vendor specific certification course?


It depends on what you are trying to achieve for instance if you want to be proficient with a particular technology or tool from a vendor then it would be appropriate for you to pursue a vendor specific certification. However, if you want to get general knowledge you could consider a vendor neutral certification.





Post-training support

Does my engagement with the CyberGees experts end after the training?


By popular demand, we have established a 'Post-training support' programme to allow our candidates remain engaged with us upon completion of the initial training programme. This allows us to provide services such as:

  • Access to pre-recorded training videos
  • Security resources and toolkits
  • CV review
  • Interview preparation
  • Cloud lab access
  • Certification examination token from one of our partner bodies (after 6 months)
  • Career coaching
  • eWork experience
  • eWork reference




I need on-going help with work. Can I schedule time with the CyberGees' experts?


Yes - candidates subscribed to our 'Post-training support programme' on the 'Gold' plan, are able to request time with the CyberGees consultants as required. More information on this can be found on the 'Post-training support' programme pages.




What certifications can I work towards on the 'Post-training support' programme


CyberGees works to help candidates subscribed to the 'Post-training support' programme on the 'Gold' plan towards achieving a number of certifications. The current certifications include:

  • ISC2 - SSCP
  • ISACA - CSX
  • BCS - CISMP
  • CompTIA - Security+
CyberGees will provide a free examination token, once the candidate has remained on the 'Gold' plan for at least 6 months. In addition, we will support candidates with additional resources such as practice questions, e-books and other useful links to support their self-study process.





Our training services

Will I get a certificate for attending a CyberGees course?


Yes, we provide course completion certificates for each of our courses.




Can CyberGees deliver training at a client's or company premise?


Sure, we are happy to deliver our training services away at client's or company premises. Why not drop us a line at its-us@cybergees.com for more information or use the contact us page to get in touch with us directly.




I am new to Cyber Security. Will I be able to understand all the cyber jargons?


Definitely. Our courses are delivered by highly experienced cyber security professionals who work with C-suite executive. We break down all jargons to simple English which is easy to understand.




What new skill will I gain from your courses?


There is no end to knowledge and we cover a lot of ground. You may be interested in understanding how Phishing works and want to set up a campaign yourself or maybe you are interested in testing your hands with vulnerable web applications or you want to understand how policies are used to govern the enterprise. There is plenty to choose from with a CyberGees training.




Will I become a hacker after taking your courses?


You will be introduced to real life cases of attacks and exposed to the practical steps taken by enterprises to protect themselves. With our training you will be equipped with the skills required to protect organisations from hackers.




How do I sign up for a course?


Registration for any of our courses can be made directly on our website via this link. Alternatively, you may contact us directly with any specific questions.




How do I pay for a course?


Payment for our course can be made directly on our website during the booking process. Alternatively, candidates can pay directly into our bank account whilst booking a course on our site. Candidates should note that their place is not confirmed at our courses until payment has been received.




How long do your courses run for?


Our Cyber Security professional course runs over 3 days. It is usually delivered in 8-hour blocks. Post-training support services are available for candidates who wish to remain engaged with our services.




How will CyberGees support my ambition to become a Cyber Security professional?


Once you attend one of our Cyber Security training sessions, you can subsequently sign up on one of our 'Post-training support' programmes depending on your needs.




How much exposure to Cyber Security tools will I have during the CyberGees course?


The CyberGees Cyber Security professional course is designed to provide practical and hands-on understanding of Cyber Security concepts. As part of this, we grant our candidates access to a lab environment from which they can run tools such as vulnerability management, architecture reviews, password cracking, threat modelling, phishing, logging and a whole lot of more. On-going access to the labs after the completion of the course can also be made available via our ' Post-training support' programmes.




What modules are covered during the Cyber Security professional course


The Cyber Security professional provides an extensive understanding of key cyber security concepts across a number of domains. The detailed course sheet can be downloaded here.





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