Cybersecurity is primarily considered a technical domain. It is fueled by technical disciplines doing technical work on both old and new technologies alike. Underpinning all of that, though, is people and organizations. Those people must organize, communicate, resolve problems, negotiate, and so much more to get things done. Effective cybersecurity demands the ability to work well with other people and within organizations. Why? Because they're all different. Why else? Because underneath and on the other side of that tech is people.
This site is all about helping you become a more effective cybersecurity professional by focusing on soft skills. If you want to move up in your career, break through a plateau, or crack that hard shell of a team you've been trying to work with, this is where you need to focus.
If you've been to a conference, browsing the internet, or even engaged in corporate training at your organization, you've experienced the dominant technology focus. However, soft skills are not just for senior leaders or managers; here are a few examples:
- You're a penetration tester who just found a lot of juicy findings. You need to communicate them effectively in a way that conveys risk and encourages the customer to fix them.
- You're working on your organization's vulnerability management program, and you need to negotiate with another team patching several servers between pre-planned feature delivery work.
- You're writing policy for your organization, and you need to engage with others to collect feedback and build a communications plan.
This list could go on, but suffice it to say no matter what level or role you play in cybersecurity; there will always be a mix of technical and soft skills. If you choose to invest in this area, you can become more effective in your role, make a more significant impact, or create the career progression you're striving for if it's in your goals.
This journey will last your entire career; it's never over or done. But this kind of work will make every technical skill you have much more impactful. We are dedicated to helping you in this area, and if you'd like to keep up with what we're doing and get content right in your inbox, we invite you to subscribe today.