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6 Hot And Sought-After IT Security Skills

What companies and government agencies are really looking for in today's IT security professional
6. Leadership experience

An oft-ignored skill in information security is leadership, but Kushner says that's the No. 1 qualification he would recommend. "This will separate you from the others," he says.

Experience here could be in leading a team or project or a professional organization, for example. "Taking a leadership role shows you're not afraid of challenges," he says. "Even if you fail, you walk away with the experience."

Meanwhile, some positions are harder to fill due to their need for technical depth and business collaboration requirements, including software security and identity and access management, according to Kushner. "The hardest jobs to fill are ones where people are looking for a certain level of technical depth, as well as the ability to fully articulate it and communicate with senior [business] leaders," he says.

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