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Posted by David Brown, EVP, Veredus, a Hays company on Thursday, Feb 16, 2017
Most businesses have long been aware of the evolving nature of attacks, but even the lexicon has changed. It seems everyone is now talking about cyber crime, yet it’s not that long ago that the focus was on IT security. This may seem like a subtle change, but Siân John, EMEA Chief Strategist at Symantec, says it is a reflection of the growing expertise on both sides of the fight.
“You can see in the explosion of malware, as well as the targeted attacks, that we’ve witnessed the ‘professionalization’ of cyber crime. You have extremely sophisticated nation-scale attacks at one end, but you’ve also got the mass-market, mass-money-producing criminals taking out smaller companies at the other end,” she says.
So what does this mean for an IT professional?
The changing approach to cyber security has driven a demand for those who can manage and assess risk, as much as build ways to combat it. It’s no longer just about being able to combat by code but to combat by strategy. Many businesses, particularly in the financial services sector, have a huge number of security systems, producing vast numbers of reports. The new challenges come from organizing teams to analyze these pieces of information as one, and then acting on them accordingly.
This doesn’t mean that if you’re a coder then you need to learn to strategize, or that if you are good at strategic thinking you need to learn to code. But either way you should emphasize your ability to collaborate and work with others when applying for a position in cyber security. Show that you have the skills to be a team player to work on current and future challenges. It might sound cliché, but it’s what employers need.
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