Cyber Security Consultant

If you’ve been following the headline news, you’re probably aware that the needs of the cybersecurity space are far outpacing the number of people entering the field. We’ve already written about the universities, colleges and research institutes that are focusing their efforts on training the next generation of cybersecurity experts. Giving appropriate training and internship opportunities to those interested in protecting online privacy and security will certainly go a long way when it comes to staffing issues. And while training helps prepare for the future, there are also certain innate characteristics that will help any security professional bolster their career.

If you’re squeamish around the sight of blood you might not be interested in becoming a surgeon, and if numbers aren’t your thing – well, accounting could be out for you. Every professional requires a certain skillset that can’t always be taught.

While there are many qualities that are beneficial for a career in online security, here are five traits that can help you succeed in the field of cybersecurity:

Be Creative
Solving an online problem is not always going to be a cut and dry scenario. With technology constantly evolving, there may not be a textbook solution available to meet your needs. You have to be able to use your imagination to think on your feet, using creative problem solving to provide the best solution – fast.

To secure regular clients and sustained employment as a Cyber Security Consultant, you will need to boast a bachelor’s degree in the field of cybersecurity. 

Be Flexible
Online attacks aren’t going to work around your schedule. Security breaches can happen on weekends, and vulnerabilities do punch their timecards at 5PM. The situation dictates your schedule – you must be able to be flexible when it comes to organizing your priorities and handling incoming requests.

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