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May 30, 2018 at 3:38 pm

The Most Sought-After Cybersecurity Skills

IT security professional working on his laptopCybersecurity is among the most challenging and complex IT area to master. In fact, businesses worldwide are having a difficult time due to the cybersecurity talent shortage.

While having a CompTIA Security+ SY-501 certification would help put you on the right path towards a fulfilling IT security career, you would need other cybersecurity skills to get best job offers.

IT expert CertBlaster states that these skills include the following.

Risk Mitigation

This involves exploring new risks and monitoring identified risks. You need to know how to create a risk mitigation strategy that would reduce potential risks, damage to a project, and have a plan ready in case of a system breach.

Cloud Security

Demand for cloud security is very high because more and businesses use “The Cloud” for storing their data. There are various threats specific to cloud security, with the most dangerous being hijacked accounts, data breaches, malicious insiders, insufficient diligence, and system vulnerability exploits.

Intrusion Detection

This involves identifying dangerous activities that have the potential to compromise the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of data. You would need to learn various intrusion detection techniques such as physical detection to find hazards on physical systems.

This also includes host-based detection to find illegal activities on particular devices and network-based detection to try to identify unauthorized activities according to network traffic.

Cybersecurity Analysis

Plenty of cybersecurity professionals begin their careers as security information analysts. Security information analysts develop and implement security measures to safeguard systems.

But businesses nowadays need more focus on cybersecurity information analysis to prevent unscrupulous users from accessing corporate networks, stealing confidential data, and holding it up for ransom.

Network Monitoring

This is extremely critical since cyber attacks are based on letting spyware or malware get inside target systems. Cyber attacks are usually successful due to hackers exploiting network security vulnerabilities. Hackers could even be exploiting these vulnerabilities for months or years, without the target system knowing.

Do note though that you don’t necessarily need to have all of these skills to succeed as an IT security professional. However, specializing in one or two could provide your more career options and help fill in the shortage of cybersecurity skills in the industry.