According to a research report from the SANS Institute, a US-based security research and training firm, anyone looking to break into the cybersecurity industry should focus more on in-demand skills. With that in mind, if one wants to plunge into a career in cybersecurity, here are some of the in-demand skills to focus on.
Application development security:
Application development security is the fastest-growing cybersecurity skill and is predicted to see a 164% increase in available positions over the next five years (source: Burning Glass, a leading labor market analytics firm).
As organisations migrate to the cloud, they need security professionals who are cloud-savvy. Thus, cloud security skills can help build the foundation that one needs to secure data in the cloud.
Advanced malware prevention:
The increasing number of malware attacks calls for experts who can leverage advanced malware protection software designed to prevent, detect, and help remove threats in an efficient manner from computer systems.
Security information and event management (SIEM) is a set of tools and services offering a holistic view of an organisation’s information security. It is one of the strongest tools in a cybersecurity professional arsenal. As a SIEM expert, one needs to know how to generate insights from the tool’s analytics as those can help identify patterns of suspicious behaviour to help organisations combat cyber threats.
Cyber threat intelligence is knowledge that allows security teams to prevent or mitigate cyberattacks. Threat intelligence sources include open-source intelligence, social media intelligence, human intelligence, technical intelligence, and intelligence from the deep and dark web.
Organisations are increasingly moving beyond DevOps to DevSecOps. It is a culture shift in the software industry that aims to bake security into the rapid-release cycles that are typical of modern application development and deployment.
Security incident response:
Incident response (IR) is a structured methodology for handling security incidents, breaches, and cyber threats.A well-defined IR plan allows organisations to effectively minimise the impact of cyberattacks, thereby reducing IR costs.
Identity and access management:
Users need to access systems seamlessly from anywhere while addressing expanding regulations, evolving identity theft risks, high-impact data breach incidents, and theft of user credentials. Thus, identity and access management skills are gaining visibility. Organisations need experts to implement programmes, processes, and technology to mitigate access-related risks.
Computer forensic experts acquire and examine potential evidence during an investigation, including data that has been deleted, encrypted, or damaged. They should have a good understanding of the forensic tools used to find anomalies and malicious activities.
Mobile device management:
A cybersecurity practitioner with mobile device management capabilities should be able to work with the IT department to integrate cybersecurity in mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Further, he/she needs to have a deep understanding of data loss prevention strategies.
Get ready for the future
Cybercriminals can quickly turn any digital tool into a digital weapon. Moreover, they are constantly reinventing themselves according to the changing scenarios. The only thing that can help tackle such risks is a team of well-equipped cybersecurity specialists with all the necessary skills in their armoury. The cybersecurity industry has great growth potential and can offer promising career opportunities. And since it lacks the desired cybersecurity professionals with the necessary expertise, this is the best time to acquire such skills and be future-ready.
By Neelesh Kripalani, Sr. VP & Head – Center of Excellence, Clover Infotech