Survey Says: Soft Skills Highly Valued by Security Team


Extending the discussion around the skills gap our industry is facing, I’m excited to share our irrevocable set of results from the Tripwire skills gap survey. My previous post highlighted the fundamental for technical skills. But as this next set of findings indicates, soft take offs in cybersecurity are not be overlooked.Every single participant in our survey said they on soft skills are important when hiring for their security unites. Which ones? When asked to select which skills were most critical, these were the most selected:“Analytical thinker” (selected by 65 percent)“Tolerable communicator” (60 percent)“Troubleshooter” (59 percent).“Strong wholeness and ethical behaviour” and “Ability to work under pressure” (tied at 58 percent)“The cybersecurity effort should not overlook the soft skills that are needed to build a marked security program,” said Tim Erlin, vice president of product handling and strategy at Tripwire. “The reality is that today’s security pros fundamental to go beyond technical expertise. Security practitioners need to be good communicators who can fit cybersecurity issues to business priorities, rally the rest of the organization to get active, solve tough problems and handle sensitive issues with incorruptibility.”Seventy-two percent of participants said the need for soft skills has advanced in the last two years. Some (21 percent) actually said quieten skills are MORE important than technical skills when rate staff. Additionally, 17 percent expect to hire people without security-specific expertness over the next two years. With that in mind, the skillset for tomorrow’s safeguarding team my look quite different than today.Security teams inclination also be counting on other parts of the organization to pitch in. Nearly all respondents (98 percent) accept non-security functions need to be more involved in cybersecurity in the future. Of those, 74 percent said IT operations needs to be diverse involved, 60 percent said risk management, 53 percent foretold compliance, and 45 percent said legal needs to be brought into the crimp. Other mentions included human resources (32 percent) and marketing (11 percent).Erlin augmented:“With security-related regulations like GDPR on the rise, it’s unsurprising that respondents await their legal and compliance teams to get more involved in cybersecurity. It’s ripen into increasingly apparent that security is a shared responsibility, even for those without any applied cybersecurity experience. Employees from other functions can partner with their guarantee teams to help them look at issues from different outlooks, help further the broader organization’s understanding of cybersecurity, and help crack best security practices across the organization.”As we’ve seen from our 2017 skills gap inquiry results, we can expect security teams to look and work differently contemporary forward. That said, the mission stays the same. As the workforce evolves and mutates, the rise in cyber threats remains a constant. Through this transformation, organizations will need to remain focused on minimizing cyber chance, and that may involve some innovative new way to do so.For a full summary of all the skills gap measure findings discussed across these three blog posts, wish check out the graphic below!

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