These 3 Mistakes Will Destroy Your Cybersecurity Career

Learn and Avoid these mistakes at all costs!

Taimur Ijlal


Let me tell you a quick story about a Cybersecurity Analyst called Tom.

Tom started his career in 2015 at a small tech firm and dived headfirst into every cybersecurity issue he could find.

Eager to make a great first impression, he was hands-on with the security solutions and helped drive change.

But as time went on and his career progressed, Tom made certain blunders, resulting in wasted time and stress!

In this article, we are going to see the top 3 mistakes that he made, which every Cybersecurity professional should avoid.

These lessons are honestly timeline and apply to pretty much any cybersecurity field.

LESSON 1 — Not Developing Management Skills

In 2015, Tom was an absolute boss when it came to cybersecurity skills

He knew the environment inside out and was the go-to guy when it came to solving any technical security issue

The management recognized his skills and promoted him to managing a team

This is where the trouble began

While Tom was awesome when it came to managing his goals, he realized that managing other people’s expectations was a completely different ball game.

He was immediately stressed out when conflicts would break out among team members.

He often micro-managed and wanted the team to implement technical controls EXACTLY the way he wanted, causing a lot of friction.

Communicating these was also a problem as he found out he was a bit too blunt when it came to expressing his opinion.

The Good news?

Tom realized these issues and took leadership courses that taught him about effective communication, delegating, and team dynamics.

What Tom Learnt:

NEVER neglect management skills in your cybersecurity career. People might forget how much of a tech-wiz you were .. but they will always remember how you treated them.



Taimur Ijlal

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