Computer security specialist skills

With cybercrime being on the rise today, the need for security specialists continues to grow. As a computer security specialist, you will use your skills and knowledge to prevent and halt cyberattacks that can affect the public and, or, the government. In order to be a successful computer security specialist, you will need to have certain skills and traits that will aid you in your profession. Keep reading to see what the skills are.
• You must be a critical thinker. You must always be a critical thinker and try to always plan ahead. Using logic and unbiased reasoning can help you identify the situation and also allow you to assess what the strengths and weaknesses are as well. Once you are able to identify all these components, you will have a better ability to find a solution and approach the problem.
• You must be an active listener. Often times in this career you will work with a team to confront the issues you encounter. You must be able to give your full attention to those you work with and take the time to understand their viewpoints. Besides fully taking in what they are saying, you must know when it is the best time for you to then interject with your points and ask your questions when appropriate. By being an active listener, you will be able to apply the points that you were given to the situation.
• You must be proficient in computers. One of the main skills you will need to have is computer efficiency. Along with this efficiency, you must be able to continue to grow and learn. You never want to stay stagnate and stop learning. Technology is always ever changing and in order to continue to stay relevant and successful in your career you will need to keep up with the times.
• You must be organized. As with any profession, the messier or more disorganized you are, the harder it will be to produce the results you want. If you find yourself getting disorganized, take the time to file everything away appropriately. This goes for your computer as well. Like a filing cabinet, a computer can become filled with documents that clutter your desktop, always be orderly and neat.
• You must be able to troubleshoot. Given the unpredictability of cybercrime, you must always be on your toes. Sometimes you will need to make decisions on the fly and not be able to do as thorough of an assessment as you would want. Sometimes it’s more important to find a quick solution to the problem to give you more time to find a more permanent solution later.
• You must be able to think out of the box. As stated above, cybercrime is something that is very unpredictable and not always formulaic. Those who are successful specialists usually are able to think outside of the box to find the best solution. They must piece together the puzzle and at times think the way the criminal would in order to see what would be the best solution.
Sources:
1. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1122.00?redir=15-1071.01

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