8 IT Cybersecurity Skills You Need Now

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Jun 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, Job Trends, Job Search Tips

IT workers should take notice of the changes in the cybersecurity industry. These days, there's a shift to create a laser focus on early detection and preventing fraud and hacking before it starts. As a result, cybersecurity professionals are scrambling to lock shields against would-be invaders.

Security Analysis and Investigation

IT professionals with a curious nature and who love to solve puzzles are well-situated for this shift that is expected to go viral in 2018. If threat hunting and incident response kills sound sexy to you, join the growing cybersecurity profession.

ESG/ISSA released a report called Through the Eyes of Cybersecurity Professionals. It found that 33 percent of the 371 respondents thought their companies had an acute and dangerous shortage of security and investigation talent. Demand for these skills is already on the rise and expected to continue. Digital forensic skills enable analysts to find and isolate ransomware and state-sponsored attacks, for example.

Let's look at eight essential skills you need to make it in this field.

Cloud Security

The dearth of cloud security talent is not new, but organizations that have a cloud security architecture need skilled professionals to fill open positions, and that demand will grow over the coming year.

Do you have cloud security skills or the capacity to pick up the necessary skills? Cloud-security architects are highly sought after and one of the most in-demand skill sets in the industry. If your company has certain platforms, like Microsoft Azure or Amazon's AWS, you can find a job at any large tech firm.

Twenty-two percent of ESG/ISSA respondents say that cloud security talent is in short supply. In the future, the need is expected to increase because companies use cloud security to deal with risk posture. Vigilant, capable and highly skilled talent will do very well over the next few years.

Customer Service

Gone are the days when programmers waited for assignments to come into their inbox without having to interface with their clients. Customer service skills have become a top priority across the IT industry, but cybersecurity is coming late to the game. Now, more than ever before, cybersecurity leaders and analysts are called upon to explain esoteric threats in real-word language to executives, who desperately need good information to base decisions on.

Discretion is also important since leaking information about a breach, before the executive team can act. is usually not well-received.

Secure Application Development

In the ESG/ISSA report, 32 percent of those who responded say there's a huge sharp shortage of IT talent that can develop applications within the security field. This shortage of programmers includes mobile developers because of the call for prebaked security features in phone apps. Previously, security used to be added later on to phone apps, probably due to the uncertainty of success. 

We can expect to see app security grow in prominence for relevant organizations in the near future. Security professionals have long complained how life would be easier and security more cost-effective if security was addressed while an app was in development. This proactive shift would put the developers and stakeholders in a better position to plan security rather than react to breaches. Threat analysis and investigation at the outset can save time and reduce risks. 

Risk Analysis and Negotiation

Risk analysis is essential for cybersecurity professionals and one that has long been a hallmark of this sector of the IT industry. Negotiation is a bit newer to the cybersecurity toolkit. These two important skills are required for any security operation to be proactive and successful in fending off cyberattacks. IT professionals who possess them are great at analyzing risk and can negotiate with other departments to keep risks down without bringing operations to a screeching halt. This soft skill during a fire drill is essential for risk management to prevail beyond the noise of angry users who can't access compromised artifacts.

IoT Security

IoT devices are fabulous conveniences if you have a smart home and want to keep an eye on things remotely. However, in the workplace, they widen the landscape for points of attack for cyberattacks. The software for smart devices is rarely secure. So, IoT skills that can secure platforms on these devices is greatly needed to counteract the potential chink in the armor presented by these devices.

Network administrators might not think their printers are IoT devices, but they still present a juicy invitation for attackers. Because of this, administrators and chief security architects need to hire talent with IoT security skills to look into such potential threats.

Data Management and Analytics

Data scientists and other IT professionals that possess data management and predictive analytics skills can most easily fall into the skills needed for cybersecurity data management skills.

The sheer volume of data compiled and guarded by cybersecurity watchdogs is overwhelming. In order to respond to vulnerabilities or threats, data management and analytics superstars are needed. IT professionals willing to move into these slots in security can expect generous perks at some companies.


Risk compliance and security leaders must have superior communication skills. Otherwise, they can't explain imminent threats to the stakeholders who must make decisions. Without a great sense of communication, the ability to read a room, and the previously mentioned ability to negotiate, cybersecurity leaders won't get the resources they need to keep the company and its data safe from attacks.

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