Can Cybersecurity Pros Develop More Business Acumen?

09 April 2019 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

Darkingreading.com posted a story included a reference to an ISACA survey on the State of Cybersecurity 2019 that “49% of security leaders believe the biggest skills gap they see in today’s cybersecurity professionals is in that very arena — the ability to understand the business.”  The April 3, 2019 story entitled “6 Essential Skills Cybersecurity Pros Need to Develop in 2019” included the comments about the ISACA survey:

…the most-prized hire in a cybersecurity team is a technically proficient individual who also understands business operations and how cybersecurity fits into the greater needs of the enterprise.

This is one of the hardest skills to build.

It requires coalition building, reading up about the business and the vertical in which it operates — for example, by taking the time to pour through the company’s 10k if it is publicly traded — and actively listening to business stakeholders and C-level leaders to understand their strategies and pain points.

All of that work will result in a very good payoff for those willing to put in the time.

Here are all 6 Essential Skills from Darkreading.com:

#1 Automation and Orchestration

#2 Data Science

#3 Coding

#4 Privacy Expertise

#5 Secure Cloud Management

#6 Business Acumen

What do you think?

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