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What Do Cyber Security Experts Do?

What Do Cyber Security Experts Do?

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With all the talk regarding cyber attacks and the importance of keeping your business secure, you may have wondered what exactly do cyber security experts do? There are many different titles for individuals in this profession, including cyber security consultants, security administrators, or cyber security specialists, however, for the most part, the daily job tasks are similar. Probably the easiest way to explain what the role of a cyber security expert is would be by making a comparison to a security guard. Where a security guard protects the physical assets of a business, a cyber security expert protects a business from unauthorized access, theft or illegal duplication of their data, networks and IT systems.

One of the major tasks of a cyber security expert is to monitor and focus on identifying and finding possible network vulnerabilities or possible data leaks. As well as diligently working towards protecting data on cloud servers, computer networks, software, devices and more.

In some ways, you can think of a cyber security expert as somewhat of a superhero, responsible for fighting cyber criminals, hackers and other malicious people or attempts that want to steal sensitive information from your business.

Below, we will outline more about the day-to-day functions of a cyber security expert, so that you can understand how they can be of benefit to your organization.

Main Responsibilities

First and foremost, cyber security experts have to excel at teamwork due to the broad scope of their duties and how closely their work is tied to Information Technology. The primary responsibilities of a cyber security expert include, but are not limited to:

  • Understanding exactly what needs to be protected for a business
  • Knowing what type of security measures are most appropriate for the type of information and systems a business uses
  • Being able to communicate with employees and provide security training in a simple to understand, non-technical language
  • Identifying potential security risks
  • Protecting sensitive and personal data from unauthorized usage or access
  • Monitoring systems for unusual activity
  • Designing protection strategies and defense systems to block intruders
  • Attempting ‘break-ins’ to identify potential vulnerabilities
  • Testing security defenses and strategies
  • Attempting to ‘break-through’ firewalls and other security applications
  • Creating new layers of network protection
  • Updating security systems
  • Testing and reporting
  • Granting permission and access rights to users
  • Running diagnostics and checking for undetected breaches
  • Keeping abreast of the latest trends and industry best practices
  • Studying new methods of attacks and trends used by cyber criminals

Skills and Qualifications of Cyber Security Experts

There are several skills necessary to be a cybersecurity expert, one of the most important being able to stay one step ahead of constant change and attacker strategies. At a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Information Technology is typically required to enter the field in addition to some experience working with computer systems and networks. Some of the main sought-after skills of cyber security experts include:

  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional IT and computer knowledge
  • Expert knowledge of computer security systems
  • Understanding of network safety protocols
  • Ability to deploy, configure, monitor and maintain various security programs
  • Ability to identify problems or breaches in security software
  • Able to visualize how hackers may attempt to access information
  • Possessing a logical and methodical approach to assessing situations under pressure and determining the best course of action
  • Detail-oriented and ability to multitask
  • Trustworthy and able to handle sensitive and private information

Choosing a Cyber Security Expert

While some organizations may hire their own in-house cyber security expert, many businesses are realizing the value of working with a Managed Service Provider. This will often ensure that their systems are monitored 24-7 by an entire team of experts with a diverse skill set, not just a single individual. To see how MBC may be the right fit for your organization, get a free security assessment of your business today.

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