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Flatiron School Lists 16 Soft Skills for Cybersecurity Success


This February 2021 article published by the Flatiron School discusses the huge gap between candidate qualifications and job descriptions for cybersecurity and IT roles. As part of the solution, the article proposes a list of 16 “soft skills” which correlate to success in a cybersecurity career. It’s well worth the time to read!


Now available for presale on Amazon, Can. Trust. Will.: Hiring for the Human Element in the New Age of Cybersecurity is packed with insights into solving the cybersecurity hiring crisis including Chapter Seven: Onboarding Cybersecurity Hires. This chapter addresses the importance of teamwork and outlines effective strategies for building high performance cybersecurity teams. It also shows how cybersecurity teams impact all business lines across the entire organization. This book also includes insightful commentary from CIOs, CISOs, Talent Recruiters, Cybersecurity Professional Service Providers, Consultants, Private Sector Attorneys, Academics and U.S. Government Officials.


Today’s highlight is the contribution from Bill Bender, Senior Vice President - Strategic Accounts & Government Relations at Leidos. Bill’s contribution to Can. Trust. Will.: Hiring for the Human Element in the New Age of Cybersecurity centers around the importance of thought processes and behavioral characteristics in building high performance cybersecurity teams.


One of the things Bill told us was: “The theory goes - and I subscribe to it - that it's the creativity and the ingenuity, and the innovative spirit of a human individual and those inherent personality traits that are likely to be the things that will make you a better cyber operator. And it's not all about just walking in the door with the technical skills and the geek science and engineering training, but it's instead, some of the soft skills that you would bring in terms of ingenuity, innovation, creativity, and the like.” We agree!


Here’s a bit more about the Can. Trust. Will.® System.


Building a successful cybersecurity team is no longer optional. Cyberthreats evolve at a staggering pace, and effective cybersecurity operations depend on successful teams. Unfortunately, statistics continue to illustrate that employers are not finding the people they need. The Can. Trust. Will.® System guides the C-Suite, HR professionals and talent acquisition to build unbeatable cybersecurity teams through advanced hiring processes and focused on-boarding programs. Additionally, this book details how successful cybersecurity ecosystems are best built and sustained, with expert analysis from high- level government officials, Fortune 500 CSOs and CISOs, risk managers, and even a few techies. Those already in the field (and newbies) will glean invaluable knowledge about how to find their most effective position within a cybersecurity ecosystem. In a tech-driven environment, cybersecurity is fundamentally a human problem: and the first step is to hire for the human element.


Don’t miss out on Can. Trust. Will. Hiring for the Human Element in the New Age of Cybersecurity. Pre-order on Amazon today!


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