Striving for Excellence in Cyber Security Management

The cold hard truth.

Jan 23, 2018

Let’s face it – the cold hard truth; true success as a cyber security manager rides on more than knowledge and credentials. Oh, knowledge is crucial, of course - you can’t manage what you don’t know and understand, and credentials prove you did the work -  you earned your way; but there’s a third strand that’s needed for ultimate strength. Some call it personality, others say character, but for today will call it personal traits.

In any field, being excited about what you do – and eager to learn more is an essential. In cyber security, this is especially pertinent because technology is constantly changing. Managers need to be:

  • Enthusiastic – excited about every aspect from the minute details that require careful diligence to the big picture.
  • Persuasive – able to inspire your staff and draw them into your enthusiasm for work that can often be tedious.

Every week brings a new and more sophisticated threat to cyber security – new viruses, hacking methods, criminal tricks of the trade, etc. As a manager you have to be:

  • Analytical - able to analyze each situation and potential solutions – quickly.
  • Innovative - creatively thinking outside-the-box and willing to try new approaches for new threats.
  • Adaptable - continually bending and shaping your response to stay a step ahead

The constantly-changing/evolving aspect of cyber security increases the need for excellent time-management skills. As a manager, you will need to be:

  • Organized – able to prioritize the urgent versus the critical – sometimes hourly.
  • Able to delegate – cultivating the insight to know what responsibilities to delegate and to whom.
  • A communicator – able to save time by quickly and efficiently communicating the details to the appropriate parties.

A manager is responsible for the whole team. Being able to work well with others is essential - it’s your job to pull diverse personalities and skills into a cohesive unit. This requires an individual who is:

  • Collaborative – able to receive input and feedback from various individuals – often from different departments, sort it out and then present a plan that brings everyone together; and do it on a daily basis.
  • Respectful – listening well and giving credence to the thoughts of your team.
  • Commanding – with a servant heart; able to not only influence others but also to lead without crushing, earning respect and loyalty.

Whether you’re a cyber-security professional who has developed these skills in addition to having an in-depth knowledge of cyber security and the credentials to document it, or you’re a company searching for cyber security management talent, Lofton Staffing is on your side. Since 1979, we’ve been bringing clients and candidates together to form unbeatable teams. Contact us today.

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