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How to get started in cyber security when everyone wants only experienced workers?


clyde underhill Jacksonville, FL

I know everyone wants this question answered but I was hoping to hear from someone in infosec or cybersec, what else can I do to get a start in that field.

9 September 2020 5 replies Mentoring



Jeff Martin Ashburn, VA

I’d suggest that you network at the target company or industry. Use LinkedIn to find people already working there and reach out to them. Ask them the process they used to get hired and ask them to help you navigate the hiring process and if they are willing, ask them to submit you as a referral. These activities require much more time on your part but in my opinion would greatly increase your chances for success. Good luck!


Brock Renshaw Tampa, FL

Have you considered a head hunter in the JAX area who specializes in field? Or a temp agency?


William Munroe Dunstable, MA

Hi Clyde
There are a couple of organizations out there that helps vertans move into IT and cyber security. Rhere are hundreds of thousands of opennings in cyber security that no one can fill and a majority of the roles are for junior analysts. Take a look at and - both have specific vertans focus.

What you need to get a cyber security job is hands-on experience to show you can get in and do the work. Look for all the free online training you can find and then talk to those folks.

My company is a cyber security training company and I am work with both of them and give them highly discounted training that leads to a security analyst level 1 cert. If you send me an email address or connect with my on LinkedIn, I will also send you all the training we offer through promotion - we have another one next week.

What is your cyber experience?

Best Regards


Charles Lewis Darien, CT

Hi Clyde,

Great question but unfortunately it is not the easiest one to solve. You have the degrees and certifications to get you in the door. There is the standard "hands on" experience many security folks expect you to have that may be missing, however. I recommend three approaches. First, demonstrate how your previous experience aligns well with what you want to do. It may not match perfectly but you can frame your story that way. You can also work to join hackathons and conferences to network and make connections. Second, apply for some of the entry jobs and know you can rapidly move up, especially in the banks in Jacksonville. Finally, look at cybersecurity specific organizations. These will recognize your skills and have HR folks targeting cybersecurity specifically.

Hope that helps!


Andrea Bryant New York, NY

Hello Clyde,

Thank you for your question, and thank you for your service! I will reach out to a couple of folks I know who may be able to speak to your question to hopefully get some more tailored advice for you.

In the meantime, I would recommend checking out past questions similar to yours, especially this one:
It is recent and would give you an idea of Advisors with the experience you are looking for on this site. Should they have it indicated in their profile, you can send them a direct message for more detailed answers to your question.

I realize my answer is more than a little general, but I will direct my responsive contacts to your inquiry as well once I get in touch.



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