Catherine A. Allen, CEO of Shared Assessments, lists math as a useful degree when translated to a cybersecurity role. "The issues we face require a holistic approach to problem solving, the ability to communicate with others, and the ability to create ways to educate people on the dangers," Allen explains.
Jason Kent, hacker in residence at Cequence Security, praises math majors for their ability to think critically. "Critical thinking and being able to look at things from varied perspectives gives one an advantage, especially if facing a challenge they've never faced before," he says. "People with these skills tend to be willing to accept that the way [something] works is the way they'll use it, even if it's unconventional."
For Texas A&M's Basile, the most important trait of a math major has to do with personality. "Personally, I look for passion and the drive to solve a puzzle," he says. "The technology can be taught. These two cannot."
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