This article contains the breakdown of everything you need to know to become a cyber security consultant. A good consultant can look at this breakdown and put a check mark on each section.
We have compiled this list after thorough research and by talking to the best in the business. We are also celebrating the launch of the new Star Wars film by making this article with the help of the force. Enjoy the ride as we begin this journey in a galaxy far far away.
To put it in simple terms a cyber security consultant is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of the IT world. He or she must be able to an expert, a trainer and an enforcer of the force.
The doctrine of the Jedi
- Be able to come up with ways to protect the company he or she is serving for with the best possible solution to protect them from all forms of external threats such as breaches, malware, theft, phishing, etc.
- Understand the hierarchy of the company and ask the right questions to know what sort of fight he or she is going to get themselves into. There is no point joining a battle if they don’t have the skills to combat the threat.
- The biggest part of their work involves them to test the programs and software that is being run by the company for their everyday functioning. In addition, they would be required to assess the vulnerability of the system along with programs being used to ensure that a third party entity cannot gain access.
- Ensure that the force fields are running smoothly and ensure that there are failsafe and prevention protocols if there is a breach by the dark side.
- A good cyber security consultant will be required to train the next generation of in-house security team to ensure that once they are gone, the service is not hampered in any way.
Why them and not someone else?
Knowledge is key, and they should be able to boast a degree in the ways of the IT force. But knowledge is only the start of the journey; a good cyber security consultant would have honed his skills at least for 3-5 years before venturing out into the world of consultancy.
- The High Council’s GIAC certification
- The Senate’s OSCP certification
- The House’s CSC certification
- The Council of the People’s CPP, PSP and CISSP certifications