Evolving technologies leave cybersecurity professionals no other choice than to stay up-to-date on the latest cyber threats and skills needed to prevent hacks.
The information security and cybersecurity industry is constantly evolving and continuous learning will help you always bring your A-Game. When leaders are asked how their employees can better themselves, most of them say that they should take the time to learn new things, explore other paths and have an open mind to trying new or different solutions. There are always new technologies and it can not ever hurt to explore them. You never know, maybe a new technology will be better than your existing set-up.
In addition to technologies constantly evolving, hackers’ techniques are always changing. The bad guys are not going to stop trying to find new ways to steal information, so we need to be on the defense and find new ways to stop them and prevent them from attacking. It is better to be one step ahead than one step behind.
In addition to bettering yourself for your current position, learning more will help you stand out amongst a sea of candidates, when you decide to make a change in your career. Hiring managers appreciate people who take it upon themselves to learn more and gain additional skills. If it comes down to you and one other candidate who has a very similar resume and personality, the employer is going to choose the candidate who has taken an extra step to be an expert in their field.
Advice? Take training courses, get more certifications, or get another degree. If you have to choose one, work towards getting a certification. More often than not in a cybersecurity job requirement, the employer requires a current certification, such as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), or a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), more than anything else. That being said, certifications are not the be-all and end-all. Taking even just one additional training course and gaining experience can help you stay current in your field. Investing in yourself will pay off in the long run.