Why are Cybersecurity Roles Confusing?

Why are Cybersecurity Roles Confusing?

Why are Cybersecurity Roles Confusing?

The roles in cybersecurity are constantly evolving, making it difficult for those who are seeking careers and those organizations posting jobs.

One simple question "what are the roles and what do they do?" leads to a discussion of frustration. Yet, there are resources available, depending how deep you really want to know the answers.

The cybersecurity field is dynamic and the roles and responsibilities are ever changing. 

People coming into the cybersecurity field often expect clearly defined positions and are surprised at the significant variance when looking at job descriptions or talking with professionals. 

It is a chaotic and confusing mess. But, if you are interested, there are several good resources to begin deciphering the basic categories and breadth of roles. There are even resources for those seeking more depth to understand the abilities, knowledge, skills, and capability indicators.


Here are the links I showcase in the video:

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  • Colin Renninger

    There are so many opportunities in cyber security.

  • John Murray

    I feel bad for cybersecurity analysts, they are always on the move, not an easy job.

  • Michael Levine

    Cybersecurity is confusing for those that aren't online, but if you have a website or manage a small business then you know exactly its importance. The internet wouldn't be successful without cybersecurity experts, they are the ones policing. Good video.

  • Andrew T

    Thanks for the links !

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Matthew Rosenquist 

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Matthew Rosenquist is an industry-recognized pragmatic, passionate, and innovative strategic security expert with 28 years of experience. He thrives in challenging cybersecurity environments and in the face of ever shifting threats. A leader in identifying opportunities, driving industry change, and building mature security organizations, Matthew delivers capabilities for sustainable security postures. He has experience in protecting billions of dollars of corporate assets, consulting across industry verticals, understanding current and emerging risks, communicating opportunities, forging internal cooperation and executive buy-in, and developing practical strategies. Matthew is a trusted advisor, security expert, and evangelist for academia, businesses, and governments around the world. A public advocate for best-practices, and communicating the risks and opportunities emerging in cybersecurity. He delivers engaging keynotes, speeches, interviews, and consulting sessions at conferences and to audiences around the globe. He has attracted a large social following of security peers, is an active member on advisory boards, and quoted in news, magazines, and books. Matthew is a recognized industry expert, speaker, and leader who enjoys the pursuit of achieving optimal cybersecurity. Matthew Rosenquist is experienced in building world class teams and capabilities, managing security operations, evangelizing best-practices to the market, developing security products, and improving corporate security services. 

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