Myth No. 4. You need only technical skills for the job.
Computer technology can only do so much, and human makes the judgment call, whether it’s a bona fide threat or not. It’s like healthcare. If you look at a person’s health report, and you see high blood pressure, high pulse rate, high cholesterol, what does it mean? Is the patient leading an unhealthy lifestyle? Maybe, maybe not. It could be genetics. In this line, you also need soft skills because a security analyst has to explain the technical issues to the customers, and find out from them what their specific needs are. That’s how we train our staff. Going back to the same healthcare analogy, if you look at the indicators objectively, it seems like that patient is leading an unhealthy lifestyle. But if you ask him, he’ll tell you, ‘Look, I’m actually a vegan and I exercise three times a week’. That’s not information that you can just pull out from the report. You’ll have to ask the patient to understand the context, before applying your expertise.
Myth No. 5. Only governments and banks need cyber security.
That was what many would agree with about five years ago, when the spectre of cyber security threat did not seem as great. But the high profile incidences in the last few years have really brought the concept of cyber security to the fore. Several companies like K Box have been taken to task by the Personal Data Protection Commission. Enterprises do know that they are at risk of cyber attacks. In the past, the stereotypical hacker was an 18-year-old in a hoodie, hacking into systems to prove a point. Now, cyber-crime is very lucrative. Credit card data, healthcare data, and family tree data are very valuable. Companies and corporates pay for them although they may not be aware of how they were obtained. Data is the new oil of the new economy.
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