5 self-reflections for Infosec professionals looking to capitalize on the cybersecurity talent shortage

The Problem

International work polls all agree – that a drastic shortage of cybersecurity talent is putting the security and safety of organizations globally at risk. In the U.S. alone, there are currently 500,000 cybersecurity job openings, with not enough qualified candidates to fill the demand.

As a cybersecurity professional with this in mind, you may find yourself asking;

– If there are so many open positions, why am I not getting hired for the job I want?

– Why am I not getting offers or passing the first round of interviews?

The Answer

Simply put, in too many cases, cybersecurity professionals lack robust foundational skills, and can’t demonstrate the business and leadership qualities necessary for success in the cybersecurity industry.

As a cybersecurity professional struggling to secure a desirable role, an honest self-review of your current skill set compared to the job you’re aiming for is where your journey towards success begins.

If you’re not getting hired or getting the opportunity that you are looking for, you need to analyze why and then address the gaps in your capabilities.

The Questions

To help with your self-review, and begin your journey towards a rewarding, successful and enjoyable career as a cybersecurity professional, we at Action Threat suggest you start by asking yourself these five questions;

1) Do you have well-rounded skills in operating systems, incident response, wired, and wireless network security?

Gaps in foundational knowledge frequently hold cybersecurity professionals back.

2) Can you communicate and adjust your message to different audiences, to different people in and out of your organization?

Being able to discuss and debate security threats and protocol with people of all backgrounds, at all levels of management is key in being an effective cybersecurity professional.

3) Can you convince others of the value of your ideas and projects according to the tight timelines involved in effective cybersecurity?

Time is of the essence in cybersecurity – and being able to effectively explain yourself can mean the difference between a security breach or protecting your organization.

4) Are you, as an individual contributor, confident in demonstrating effective leadership qualities?

Cybersecurity professionals need to remember that leadership is not restricted to management, and taking charge of a situation and responsibilities for one’s own actions shows maturity, confidence, and preparedness.

5)  Are you delivering measurable and tangible results that are exceeding expectations?

Successfully going above and beyond what is expected of you is key to proving your value and ability.

If you’ve asked yourself these questions, and been honest in your answers, you may find that there is room for improvement in your skillset. Acknowledging this is the first crucial step towards more rewarding roles as a cybersecurity professional.

ActionThreat’s two-day training helps address the gaps in your skillset and put you on the path towards growth and success as a cybersecurity professional. Enquire now about our course dates, or register to secure your position in our next training.