As more people depend on cyberspace to manage their business growth, banking transactions, travel, shopping, social networking, and communication, it is apparent that cyberspace has become more vulnerable. Any interference with communication or a crash in the worldwide internet would indeed be a unique challenge to all industries. Due to this vulnerability, it has become evident that playing the role of a leader in the cybersecurity industry should be handled with precision––and not learned via a trial-and-error methodology.
The establishment of a strategic cybersecurity plan combined with leadership skills and technical knowledge to manage cyber-risks in government structures and business organizations is essential. However, acquiring skills to achieve a C-Level position is not a task that can be achieved overnight.
Attaining a degree in cybersecurity (Bachelor’s or Master’s) can help you score that leadership position by helping you hone these required skills:
1. Attain Technical Knowledge
Technical knowledge is the crux of every cybersecurity executive. Without it, there is no scope for growth or even an entry-level entrance. A degree in cybersecurity will give you knowledge on various technical skills that are necessary for every CISO or cybersecurity leader, such as:
- DNS, routing, authentication, VPN, and DDOS mitigation technologies.
- System and network security architecture development.
- Wireless devices and mobile software risk exposure.
- Disaster recovery planning and business continuity.
- Network security and firewall management.
- Identity management.
- System forensics – tools, techniques, and methods.
- OS security strategies like Windows and Linux platforms and applications.
- Penetration-testing methodologies.
2. Gain Leadership and Managerial Skills
Apart from the obvious technical skills, the main benefit of getting a degree in cybersecurity is the leadership and managerial skills that you will develop. In order to advance to a leadership position, it is vital that you possess the right leadership qualities:
- Analyzing the latest information security changes and trends to foresee cyber threats.
- Acting as a translator between IT executives and board members using a language that is appropriate for both to understand.
- Use strategic thinking to generate new cybersecurity strategies and implement them.
- Encourage teamwork, assign tasks, and ensure a positive outcome.
3. Cyber Law Awareness
When it comes to cybersecurity and privacy, it is important for every organization to align with global and local legal requirements. This will ensure that the organization is in compliance with the local laws. Topics in a degree should include:
- Cybersecurity and organizational laws, regulations, and international standards.
- Implications of non-ethical cyber activity in the modern era.
- Legal consequences of neglecting trademarks, copyrights, patents, and digital rights.
- Knowledge of pertinent laws and regulations, including FISMA and DoD, COPPA, GDPR, and many more.
4. Bridging Technology and Business Requirements
Every organization’s business and technology requirements must align. However, in order for this to happen, the CISO or C-Level cybersecurity executive of an organization must be able to understand the ramifications of what could happen to an organization without this alignment. A degree in cybersecurity will cover the essentials of a business, including:
- Translating technical jargon for board members to better comprehend cybersecurity initiatives and budgeting.
- The various processes of business principles globally.
- Organizational behavior and the skills needed to apply it to a real-life setting.
- Studying incidents in the past to design more appropriate, business-aligned cybersecurity strategies.
At EC-Council University we offer online and in-person classes for our Bachelor and Master of Science in Cybersecurity. Both of these concentrate on the importance of mixing technology and business management to create strategic cyber leaders of tomorrow who become boardroom material. Visit our academics page to learn more about our courses.