• Think use-cases as well as misuse-cases - Develop your thinking style to focus on making things work but also on how to break them. And then think about how to remove those breaking points. This way, it helps to understand what the business needs, why and why not.


  • Don't chase certifications, instead pursue knowledge -Certifications are an excellent way to gauge your understanding, though based on a dated body of cybersecurity knowledge. Increasingly people are realizing collecting certification badges doesn't help much in real-world problem-solving. Only when you are having a good understanding of cybersecurity, you can contribute meaningfully at work, not so if you have certifications.


  • Know your fundamental subjects, very well - Unlike some disciplines of IT that are nicely contained and compartmentalized, cybersecurity is all about interaction and interconnection. A database professional doesn't often have to worry about OS internals, or a web UI developer may not worry about network communication. But as a cybersecurity expert, you will need to understand their work and then secure it. Therefore, you need to have command of simple fundamentals of networks, operating systems, databases, and communication. These are your Lego blocks, and using them, you can rather quickly conceptualize and built your security solutions. 


  • Learn to learn - The cybersecurity domain is like a living entity. It is constantly adapting, changing shape, absorbing new techniques, and solving new problems. It is anything but boring or routine. You need to develop a style of quickly noticing new ideas, understand their fundamentals, find resources to master them, and use them in your work. This mindset is especially valid as security is utilizing ideas like machine learning, automation, and artificial intelligence.


  • Comfort with code - While some cybersecurity professionals contribute through their domain knowledge and systematic management of the large number of aspects in security work, many others derive their success through their expertise and comfort with code. Even if you are not a full-time programmer, the ability to understand code, tweak it and not to be afraid of it is always a powerful secret weapon in your arsenal and in your quest to become a cybersecurity master professional.


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