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Soft skills are vital for women to succeed, says cybersecurity panel

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Curiosity, patience, time management, and being willing to speak up are some of the characteristics women will find helpful in a cybersecurity career, say women in the field.

They gave that advice Tuesday during an online careers panel discussion at an International Women Cyber Day Symposium. Traditionally, International Women in Cyber Day is observed on September 1st of each year, but many groups hold separate events during the month.

Some think that IT skills are most important for a career in the sector. But the women on this panel said otherwise.

For example, Yesenia Yser, a principal product security engineer at Red Hat and co-founder of Latinas in Cyber, said time management is a skill that has been vital in her career.

“Cybersecurity is a very high-stress, fast-paced environment,” she said, “so being able to manage your time and keep up with the latest and greatest,” is important. Self-development, continuous learning, and keeping your curiosity are also useful, she said.

The ability to lead without authority, she added, meaning “being able to drive change when you have no authority or say, trying to persuade [others] the reasoning and the impact the new change is going to have” is a key skill. And, she added, that skill goes with building relationships: “You can’t make those changes if people don’t trust you,” she said.

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