Six Skills You Need to Succeed in Cybersecurity

Obviously, a solid technical foundation is key. These are the general skills that are must-haves.

  • Cray ClusterUnderstand architecture, administration, and management of operating systems, networking, and virtualization software
  • General programming/software development concepts and software analytical skills
  • Proficiency in programming in Java, C/C++, disassemblers, and assembly language and  programming knowledge of two or more scripting languages (PHP, Python, Perl, or shell)
  • Understanding of how the different type of firewalls and network load balancers work
  • Deep understanding of how network routers and switches work
  • Evaluate and design systems and network architectures

And there’s more on the next page…


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4 Responses to “Six Skills You Need to Succeed in Cybersecurity”

March 03, 2012 at 6:45 am, bob said:

Not a comment but a question. Where can I have a good training on this field?


March 03, 2012 at 1:47 pm, John Zavgren said:

Excellent article. I agree with the author’s attitude about certification. I’ve taught courses (cryptography, Internet security, defensive coding practices, etc.) that have enabled my students to pass the CISSP examination. But, I’ve never seriously considered taking it, because it costs too much and the certification isn’t sufficient for professional competence.

I’ve seen a lot of job postings over the years that emphasize certification. I’m not sure that the potential employers really understand anything about security. One telecommunications company, who’s recruiter (a friend of mine) contacted me, merely wanted to fill a position for the lowest possible salary. The recruiter leveled with me: the executives of the company merely wanted someone to point to when the issue of security came up. “Look guys, we’re doing the best job with the best people”. I see all too much of this.


March 03, 2012 at 3:05 pm, Thomas W Thompson said:

I have 25 + years in IT. I hve been labelized as a PM generalist. I need help to take the next step in Cybersecurity. PLEASE HELP ME.


May 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm, Latrese said:

I would like to become marketable for employment in the wireless security sector. What type of education/certifications should I persue. I have Cisco CCNA and experience in LAN/WLAN Networking and Mobile Platforms


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