The Qualities That Make A Successful Cyber Team

The rapid increase of security breaches, company hacks and data leaks, cyber crime has become one of the most significant threats to global business. Building a cyber security team can sometimes feel daunting because cyber defense can be expensive and it would take a significant increase in the number of cyber security professionals just to match the cyber security needs around the globe. 

Skilled cybersecurity professionals are key for the safety of companies and governments, but there is an anticipated skills shortage of 1.8 million workers by 2022. In today’s climate, more and more businesses are transitioning to online platforms, but this could also mean plenty more challenges when it comes to online security. 

The problems you’ll face working in cyber security will not be easy ones and as a result will require your dedication and determination to find the answers you’re looking for in order to solve them. This also means having the confidence to ask the right people the questions you need answered across all areas of the business, from CEOs and board-level executives to end-users alike.

In a military setting, US military commanders want to test cyber concepts and codify new team structures to optimise success. US Cyber Command is using its annual training exercise to codify best practices for defensive cyber teams. to this end, the Cyber Command  will  run the 2021 Cyber Flag exercise will help identify characteristics of successful cyber protection teams, which conduct defensive cyber space operations. 430 individuals from 17 teams from the US., UK, Canada, National Guard, House of Representatives and US.

Perhaps surprisingly, various national Postal Service will also participate in this year's exercise, which take place across eight international time zones. 

The event uses Raytheon's Persistent Cyber Training Environment, an online client that allows Cyber Command warriors to log on from anywhere for training and mission rehearsal. The exercise has previously been set in the Pacific region at a fictitious allied logistics support depot where teams had to contend with attacks from two adversaries: One was more advanced and focused on denial and disruption, while the other was less sophisticated and focused on theft of intellectual property and personally identifiable information.

The exercise will allow Cyber Command, which sets general standards across all the services for cyber teams’ training and the equipment they use, to extract best practices and spread those through the cyberspace community and the exercise is happening on the heels of Cyber Command’s budget request that proposes adding more teams and potentially altering their composition to adapt to a rapidly changing threat landscape.

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