I had the pleasure to deliver a guest lecture to students of Hull University Business School. I spoke about current cybersecurity trends and what they meant to the businesses. I also used this opportunity to talk about various career paths one can explore while starting in or transitioning into security.
There is a misconception that you have to have a technical background to be successful in cybersecurity. In reality through, the field is so broad and roles can be so varied that the diversity of backgrounds, skills, experiences and perspectives is essential to help organisations across the world be more secure. Arguably, communication skills and understanding of the business can be more valuable in certain contexts than a proficiency in a narrow vendor-specific technology.
There are a lot of transferable skills one can bring to the profession regardless of their prior cybersecurity knowledge and I urge everyone who is considering a transition into this field to reflect on how they can contribute.