The 8 Personality Traits to Succeed in Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity threats are on the rise. With the rapid increase of security breaches, company hacks and data leaks, cybercrime has become one of the most significant threats to global business. Skilled cybersecurity professionals are key for the safety of companies and governments, but there is an anticipated skills shortage of 1.8 million workers by 2022. The demand for talent in this space is at an all-time high, and there are some unique personality traits that recruiters and companies need to look out for. Hogan Assessments, a leading provider of personality assessments, has helped some of the world’s top IT and cybersecurity firms recruit the right individuals. Hogan’s science- based assessments and 30 years of validated research found that there are eight personality characteristics best suited to a successful career in cybersecurity. 1. Modest. Those that tend to excel in cybersecurity typically prefer to avoid the spotlight. A successful cybersecurity agent is not egotistical or fame hungry, and instead favours a more low-key lifestyle. After all, most of the well-known names in cybersecurity are notorious cyber-criminals.
2. Altruistic. Cybersecurity professionals should want to help people. While they are working all day with systems and programming, protecting and helping people is at the core of this profession. They should work well with others and avoid isolating themselves. Fighting threats will require cooperation and trust between colleagues as they are striving together towards the same security goals.
3. Composed. The enterprise systems they are protecting from attacks are always under threat. Cybersecurity agents naturally need to have a sense of urgency, but it is crucial that they stay composed handling cyber threats. Unnecessary outbursts when the pressure is rising can be counterproductive and shift their attention away from what is at stake.
4. Scientific. The perfect cybersecurity professional wants to solve problems using data and analytic skills. Cyber criminals are increasingly sophisticated in their attacks and this requires individuals who are highly technical and value evidence-based decision making.
5. Inquisitive. The world of cybersecurity is ever changing. When threats are prevented, new ones emerge which can
require a completely different set of skills than the ones needed previously. A successful cybersecurity candidate is imaginative, curious and creative. They need to figure things out quickly, show motivation to learn and be open to new ideas.
6. Sceptical. ‘Trust no one’ would be a useful motto for a cybersecurity worker. To get ahead of the game and prevent attacks means sometimes having to think like a hacker. This means maintaining suspicion about what’s going on around you, because in a world of constant threats, naivety can be a dangerous thing.
7. Responsive. In cybersecurity, things can go wrong quickly, and you might be blamed for breaches that weren’t your fault. If someone in the company opens a phishing email and exposes sensitive information, you might be held accountable. It is thus very important for a cybersecurity worker to be open and responsive to criticisms and avoid being passive- aggressive.
8. Diligent. In a pressured environment with a firm’s security at stake, a successful candidate needs to be detail-oriented and constantly pushing projects to completion. One small oversight could lead to attacks, so cybersecurity specialists need to scrutinise every detail. They also need to value achievement and making an impact.
Ecommerce fraud increases
Figures from the annual BRC Retail Crime Survey out today report an exponential increase in ecommerce fraud, specifically fraudulent Card Not Present (CNP) refunds. As consumers shift away from spending on the high street and adopt a proclivity for online shopping, ecommerce fraud is growing at twice the rate of ecommerce sales. It’s expected that retailers will lose around US$130 billion in digital CNP fraud between now and 2023. To combat this risk, online retailers have spent a staggering
£8 million, adopting a reactive measure rather than a proactive one. However, by investing in fraud detection and prevention solutions that verifies a user’s identity and cross-references it against fraud data before allowing transactions, merchants can curb significant losses from fraud, according to Zac Cohen, General Manager at Trulioo.
Zac comments: “A data trail is at the heart of every transaction,
even the fraudulent ones. If used effectively, data can expose malicious actors, especially when verifying identities at account creation. With the rise in ecommerce fraud, the use of specific data points can create barriers that prevent criminals from gaining access to ecommerce accounts, while simultaneously authorising legitimate customers to effortlessly access their accounts. In mere seconds, smart data can be referenced, verified and used to prevent fraudulent transactions – saving online retailers time, money, and resources – while allowing legitimate customers to easily and efficiently complete a purchase.”
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