5 Aptitudes to Look for When Hiring a cyber security proffessional
June 15, 2017
Shah Sheikh (1294 articles)

5 Aptitudes to Look for When Hiring a cyber security proffessional

Even though a company might have all the resources whether in terms of financial capabilities, manpower, or actual products, one can easily argue that it is not enough. Having resources on one side and hiring the wrong people on the other side will set the company on a wrong path. The security and CIO lead of IBM’s Institute for Business Value (IVB), David Jarvis, outlined five critical aptitudes that an employer should look for when hiring a cyber security professional. I personally added some explanations to shed some light on the following points:

  1. An explorer – curious and investigative. An explorer could illustrate interest in the cyber security world. Moreover, with all the ongoing threats, one should have the ability and will to explore and investigate.
  2. A problem solver – analytical and methodical. Cyber security comes with a lot of problems. Being able to understand what went wrong and when is crucial to solving problems. In addition, being able to provide efficiency while maintaining security is another keystone to solving problems. As we all know, the more we secure a system, the less efficient it is for non-experts in the field. Achieving satisfaction for both worlds is highly important.
  3. A student of the discipline – a lifelong student with the ever-changing tech world. Cyber security keeps changing as defensive and offensive techniques are developing. One should be able to keep up with the trends to know what is best for securing the company’s assets.
  4. A guardian – ethical and reliable. With the job comes the integrity of the employee. An unreliable cyber security professional may expose sensitive data, or might as well have caused the company to be attacked.
  5. A consultant – flexible and communicative. Cyber security relies on professionals keeping each other informed, and having the ability to communicate to a customer. Lack of communication in the cyber security world means that people who are not in the “loop” cannot participate in securing assets.

“The threat isn’t going to go away. There are more attack platforms, more attack services, more devices that can be hacked,” Jarvis said. “But having the right talent is huge. It’s trying to do everything that we can, to go to every source that we can go to, to get the right people that are going to help our organizations, whether they are big industry or small.