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12/20/2019
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6 Traits to Develop for Cybersecurity Success

Cultivate these half-dozen qualities and watch your career soar.
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Be Open to Multiple Viewpoints

'Within cybersecurity and threat intelligence, getting multiple perspectives on various issues is key to forming a concrete and inclusive analysis,' says Harrison Van Riper, strategy and research analyst at Digital Shadows. 'Whether you're conducting an investigation of a threat actor or performing incident response, it's important to understand all of the different views and perspectives which may be impacted.'

One of the key reasons experts say diverse viewpoints are so important is that attackers and criminals have diverse motivations and are highly creative in finding new ways to exploit vulnerabilities. Defenders locked into a particular viewpoint or way of thinking are less likely to be able to recognize novel attacks and exploits.

'We all need a greater diversity of thought and background, in addition to traditional diversity concerns, in order to attack the complex problems we face,' says Dan Basile, executive director of the security operations center at Texas A&M University System. 

Focus can be a good thing, but if it's the only tool in your mental tool chest, then it's likely you'll miss something critical during an attack. Broaden your mental horizons, and you'll increase your value to cybersecurity teams.

(Image: NOBU/Adobe Stock)

Be Open to Multiple Viewpoints

"Within cybersecurity and threat intelligence, getting multiple perspectives on various issues is key to forming a concrete and inclusive analysis," says Harrison Van Riper, strategy and research analyst at Digital Shadows. "Whether you're conducting an investigation of a threat actor or performing incident response, it's important to understand all of the different views and perspectives which may be impacted."

One of the key reasons experts say diverse viewpoints are so important is that attackers and criminals have diverse motivations and are highly creative in finding new ways to exploit vulnerabilities. Defenders locked into a particular viewpoint or way of thinking are less likely to be able to recognize novel attacks and exploits.

"We all need a greater diversity of thought and background, in addition to traditional diversity concerns, in order to attack the complex problems we face," says Dan Basile, executive director of the security operations center at Texas A&M University System.

Focus can be a good thing, but if it's the only tool in your mental tool chest, then it's likely you'll miss something critical during an attack. Broaden your mental horizons, and you'll increase your value to cybersecurity teams.

(Image: NOBU/Adobe Stock)

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1/23/2020 | 12:54:21 PM
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This article is pretty obivious.  Sorry, but be a puzzle solver is about the only true trait to specifically necissary to cybersecurity. That and a huge dose of "how does this work" curiosity which is not quite mentioned although the more general be curious is although that in particular is not unique in cybersecity. Sorry. I am very disappointed lately with the click through and in general with Dark Reading's articles.  
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