In the realm of cybersecurity, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of advice articles and YouTube tutorials promising the ultimate blueprint to kickstart your career. These resources often make it seem like there’s a single, well-paved path to success. But the reality is far from it.
As a cybersecurity professional, I often hear the phrase “you need to learn python” thrown around without much context or explanation as a piece of advice for people aspiring to join the field or people already in the cybersecurity field looking to level up their skills. Here is what has been behind the “you need to learn python” for me, thus far.
If you are trying to join the infosec industry, or are part of it already but you are looking to expand your knowledge/skills, I am sure you have heard blanket statements when it came to choosing an area of focus. I am referring to sentences like “You need to learn linux”, or “You have to know networking”, or “You have to focus on coding”. While most people will only have good intentions, sharing these very broad opinions with no further guideance or context can be counterproductive for an industry desperately searching for new talent. I am of the opinion that we do not check often enough how low or high the barrier of entrance is when it comes to learning fundamentals on ever-growing pillars of our industry.