That’s true reporting almost one in five jobs are highly exposed to generative AI. The technology has proven beneficial for cybersecurity careers, automating threat data analysis and allowing cybersecurity professionals to better focus on mitigating risks. And let’s face it, considering the number of high-profile breaches we’ve seen in recent months, from MOVEit to Johnson Controls, cybersecurity pros need all the help they can get.
Generative AI can be a powerful tool for identifying new risks and alerts, but using it requires a unique skill set. When interviewing cybersecurity candidates, I look for three critical soft skills: lateral thinking, persistence, and communication.
1. Lateral thinking
While many employers emphasize problem-solving skills in job descriptions, the ability to think outside the box is essential in cybersecurity. Candidates must be able to pivot quickly when responding to risks and threats in real time. For example, a good candidate with lateral thinking skills will consider how new technologies such as generative AI can be integrated with existing resources to more quickly identify security risks and streamline the operations.
Candidates must be able to pivot quickly when responding to risks and threats in real time.
In addition to its benefits, generative AI introduces data security and privacy concerns that we cannot ignore. While candidates must know how to use this technology to their advantage, they must also understand how large language models (LLM) can be used and compromise the internal data of organizations. Not surprisingly, nearly half of executives are concerned that the integration of generative AI will result new attacks against their AI models, services, or data. Security professionals must be proactive and ask how new threats can circumvent existing tools and processes. They need to find new ways to deal with challenges, whether it’s thinking from an attacker’s point of view or discovering new vulnerabilities.
To determine if a candidate has lateral thinking skills, the interviewer should focus on situational questions that show how they use different resources to overcome a challenge. I often ask, “Tell me about a time when you were faced with great confusion or limited information and needed to take action.”