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I want to transition into the Cybersecurity Field. I have the education but no experiance. What roles should I be applying for in order to land a job.


Benny Rodriguez Blythewood, SC

I need help navigating the cybersecurity field and its many roles. I'm confused as to where I fit in with my MS cybersecurity and security + certification. I also need help deciding what additional education I need to obtain to land a job in this field once I retire. Thanks for your advice.

18 May 2020 3 replies Military to Civilian Transition



Mark Young Salem, NH

Benny,Raytheon Technologies hires veterans. look for a position like ISSO information System Security Office, it is an entry level job that can lead to very good work.
Do you have a security clearance?

Cyber Defense Technologist II, ISSO Req # 161033BR


19 May 2020 Helpful answer


Deb Yeagle Tampa, FL

Thanks for your service!
Have you checked out Fortinet?
They provide military to civilian transition guidance specifically for the cybersecurity field.

Some career options include security for the cloud, systems security (as a systems administrator), network security (as a network engineer), security architect (planning and designing infrastructures with built-in security), incident responder, computer forensics expert, penetration tester, ethical hacker (to support offensive / defensive operations and Red / Blue Team exercises), compliance auditor, and cybersecurity analyst (to analyze reporting data and support threat prediction).

Of these many roles, I recommend focusing on your passion. Do you enjoy hardening systems? - then maybe a Systems Administrator or Network Engineer role is right. Do you like assessing if systems and networks meet security requirements? - then maybe a compliance auditor role is right for you. Do you like reviewing log data and applying analytics? - then many a cybersecurity analyst role is for you. Once you identify your passion, then you can figure out what types of certifications you should pursue in your chosen specialty area.

I also recommend you find an ACP Mentor in the IT / Cybersecurity field who can help you think through the options and help you with a transition plan / professional development plan.

I hope this helps!
Good luck!

19 May 2020 Helpful answer


Brock Renshaw Tampa, FL

Hi Benny

Would like to setup an hour chat with you to find out how I can help you.

There are so many paths one can take in this space. Just need to figure out which ones you’d prefer.

Please email your resume to:

And let me know a couple of times and dates you have available to chat.

Thank you

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