Cybersecurity is an all-encompassing field that requires professionals from a large range of disciplines to achieve success. These may include traditionally technical areas, such as the mathematics used by Cryptographers or the technology skills required to be a Cybersecurity Software Engineer, or non-technical roles, like cybersecurity lawyers and policy specialists.
In the article1 provided, I chose to research the “Digital Forensics Analyst” and “Incident Responder” listings. According to CISA2, Digital Forensic Analysts utilize logs and other digital footprints to examine a cybersecurity incident and determine the weaknesses of the system. Analysts must be versed in digital forensics tools, like Sleuthkit. They must also have great attention to detail and be skilled in writing comprehensive reports of their observations. This job is vital in understanding why an incident took place and creating improved mitigation strategies for the future.
CISA also has a page3 for Incident Responders. These firemen of the cybersecurity realm must be ready at any time to respond to a cyberattack and mitigate any possible damage. As such, they must be comfortable with firewalls and Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems. Like Digital Forensic Analysts, their job also requires a decent amount of skill in writing reports. This is one of the most important jobs on this list because Responders are one of the first lines of defense for a company’s assets.
I also researched the “Cybersecurity Lawyer” job, as it surprised me the most. Although it makes sense in hindsight, the necessity of this type of lawyer has never crossed my mind. In cases where a customer or client might sue for a data privacy violation or data loss incident, someone who intimately understands cyberlaw is invaluable.
All 50 of these jobs must work together to ensure comprehensive and effective mitigation and response strategies for the technology of the world.