September 1, 2017

CLTC Senior Advisor Goldhammer on “Skills for a Cybersecurity Career”

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Jesse Goldhammer

What skills are needed to enter the cybersecurity field? Jesse Goldhammer, Senior Advisor for CLTC and Associate Dean for Business Development and Strategic Planning at the UC Berkeley School of Information, shared his ideas in an interview in the International Business Times by Denisse Moreno.

Goldhammer, who is working with the CLTC to develop a new online master’s degree program in cybersecurity scheduled to launch in May 2018, noted that there are opportunities not only for “folks with technical skills” but also for those with “complementary capabilities, such as sales, marketing, HR, finance, etc.” He pointed out that there is a “growing need for professionals trained in cybersecurity in just about every industry sector.”

He also recommended that anyone considering entering the field should “get training and/or experience in how to think like a black hat hacker,” because “without a keen understanding of the devious, technical creativity that black hat hackers bring to their ‘profession,’ cybersecurity professionals may find themselves able only to react to breaches and other hacks after the fact.”

Read the full interview here.