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Maximizing Human Capital to Fill Cybersecurity Jobs

Valuable cybersecurity professionals may already be in your employ.I also like it very much that Gilheany understands the overwhelming importance of soft skills in this equation. He quotes Tim Erlin, vice president of product management and strategy at security monitoring company Tripwire.


Here's the key Erlin quotation: “Security practitioners need to be good communicators who can connect cybersecurity issues to business priorities, rally the rest of the organization to get involved, solve tough problems, and handle sensitive issues.” Shoot! I couldn’t have said that better myself.


Gilheany then goes on to identify characteristics of good prospective cybersecurity employees based on their interests, backgrounds, and experience. Here’s a quick list of those topic headings, each of which is worth reading through:


● Degree in Sociology or Psychology
● Law enforcement experience
● Military experience
● Women and minority groups
● Teaching experience
● Degree in English, Literature, or Communications
● Scientists
● Administrative assistants and staff
● Accountants and financial staff
● Talent with puzzles and mysteries
● Oddballs


Gilheany promises a Part 2 to this ongoing saga. I’ll keep my eye out for same and follow up when it appears, if I deem this story worth continuing. Seems like a pretty good bet, based on Part 1 covered here.


How does all this info play for the IT pros who usually read this blog? If you’re interested in working in cybersecurity, maybe you should let your current employer know. If you share this blog post with them, and show some strong interest, they may actually decide to get you some training to help you make such a career move.


If they’re not interested, then maybe it’s time to look for another organization. All of us should at least be intrigued by the opportunity to work for employers who understand this particular value proposition!



ed-tittel120Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran who's worked as a software developer, technical marketer, consultant, author, and researcher. Author of many books and articles, Ed blogs on certification topics for Tom’s IT Pro, and on Windows desktop OS topics for TechTarget. Check out his website at