A focus on architecture requires someone who can create original ways to deploy security infrastructure for maximum impact and efficiency. Separately, transformation managers guide investment prioritization, align projects and capabilities, and ensure proper resourcing is in place.
Machines aren’t replacing humans in cybersecurity, but rather displacing them — pushing them to evolve their skills and take on jobs that serve as important enablers to the machines.
Humans Need Timeless, 'Soft' Cybersecurity Skills
What’s special about the jobs listed above is that they’re not machine-driven. While machines might support them, these jobs rely on innately human skills centered on the “four C’s”: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. These are the skills that change hearts and minds, inspire a following, devise compelling technical solutions and — ultimately — change the world.
The four C’s are timeless skills that don’t get nearly enough attention in the cybersecurity field, either on the job or in formal education forums. Cyberprofessionals moving up the ladder or simply seeking to exert more influence will find these are make-or-break skills that can propel them forward.
Those with extraordinary cyber career aspirations should think hard about the skills they’re developing. Don’t just develop the hot technical skills of today; build specific skills that will endure as well.
Senior executives, midlevel security operations center analysts and aspiring high school students alike need to know that investing in these skills could mean the difference between having an amazing professional experience and losing out to a machine.