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What Language Does Cyber Security Use?

What Language Does Cyber Security Use?

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What Language Does Cyber Security Use

Cyber security is what protects your organization’s networks, programs, and systems from malicious digital attacks. Cyber attacks attempt to access, change or destroy sensitive or critical business information while interrupting normal business operations, often in an attempt to extort money. More business owners are becoming aware of the importance of implementing effective cyber security measures, as attacks continue to rise in frequency and sophistication.

Currently, the need for qualified cyber security professionals is stronger than ever. However, many regions are faced with a talent crunch as there is a steep learning process involved to become a cyber security expert. Understanding multiple programming languages is an essential skill as well as being able to learn new programming languages as they develop in order to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals. If you are wondering what language does cyber security use most commonly, below we will highlight which programming languages are used most often today.


A high-level and incredibly popular web programming language, almost every single website today is backed by JavaScript. What does it do? JavaScript is what adds interactivity to websites. Hackers will often look for an input flaw and if located, use the script to overtake the website. This is often done by trying to manipulate event handlers and by XSS, a popular cross-site scripting hacking technique.

By having in-depth programming knowledge of JavaScript, cyber security professionals can eliminate XSS attacks and ensure that the site is secure.


In recent years, Python has emerged as a popular programming language. This high-level language is popular amongst computer data scientists and cyber security experts alike largely due to its simple syntax and code readability.

By being an expert in the language of Python, cyber security professionals can implement intrusion detection systems, personally scan wireless networks and develop custom detection systems, without having to rely on third party tools.

SQL (Structured Query Language)

In today’s data-driven world, having a secure database management system is critical. Structured Query Language (SQL) is currently the most sought-after data management programming language. Understanding SQL is important for cyber security professionals to help make databases more secure and fix any vulnerabilities or risks before hackers find them as databases are a major target. Cyber criminals will diligently search for SQL vulnerabilities, trying to find an opportunity that they can exploit, which can be detrimental to a business.

C and C++

While anyone from a computer science background is familiar with this must-know programming language, it is important for cyber security professionals as well. C and C++ are low-level programming languages that can be easily exploited, which is problematic as they provide access to certain low-level IT infrastructure that isn’t always well protected. When a cyber security professional is well-versed in both of these programming languages, they can find vulnerabilities via reverse engineering tactics and effectively respond to any attack attempts. 

Now that you know what some of the most essential languages are that cyber security professionals need to know to keep your business secure, get a free assessment of your organization’s security health today.

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