Cybersecurity: The Must-Have Skills

Thought-Leader Names Top Skills Necessary for Emerging Pros
Cybersecurity: The Must-Have Skills
What is least protected when it comes to cybersecurity? People, says Dr. Charles Palmer, Director of the Institute for Advanced Security at IBM.

"They make the decision whether to do something securely or not regardless of the business they are in," says Palmer in a new podcast interviewwith Tom Field, editorial director for Information Security Media Group. "So to me the biggest security exposure is in security usability and security awareness."

He lists the skills he looks for in people pursuing cybersecurity careers:

  • Curiosity -- Professionals need to be curious to think about how to stop the bad guys and think ahead in terms of what they will do next to stay ahead.
  • Creativity -- and problem solving skills are ranked high. People need to have the ability to solve puzzles and recognize patterns.
  • A networking and technology background -- to clearly understand applications and operating systems- to know how these things work and not work together.
Palmer also discusses the challenges in finding qualified cybersecurity professionals, and identifies factors leading to this shortage.

For more details, please listen to the recorded interview.

About the Author

Upasana Gupta

Upasana Gupta

Contributing Editor, CareersInfoSecurity

Upasana Gupta oversees CareersInfoSecurity and shepherds career and leadership coverage for all Information Security Media Group's media properties. She regularly writes on career topics and speaks to senior executives on a wide-range of subjects, including security leadership, privacy, risk management, application security and fraud. She also helps produce podcasts and is instrumental in the global expansion of ISMG websites by recruiting international information security and risk experts to contribute content, including blogs. Upasana previously served as a resource manager focusing on hiring, recruiting and human resources at Icons Inc., an IT security advisory firm affiliated with ISMG. She holds an MBA in human resources from Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa.

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