Degree of curiosity the most important tool
THREAT hunter Jennifer Ayers has no formal training in cyber security but gained her experience in a “trial by fire”.
The Overwatch vice-president and CrowdStrike security response, who holds a Bachelor of Business, says her team is from various backgrounds.
“I don’t think there is a single person in my organisation with a security degree,” she said.
“One graduated college with a medical degree but took a computer security class. We have people with music, medical, computer science and mathematics and physics degrees.
“This industry is far more about personality. While it helps to have a computer science degree, it’s curiosity that finds answers.”
Ayers says threat hunters must be self-sufficient and love to learn as the work requires personal initiative.
“A lot of the work is asking questions and exploring,” she says.
“Companies are looking for talent both new and experienced. Don’t be afraid to apply for the role.”
PERSONAL INITIATIVE: Jennifer Ayers, vice-president of Overwatch and security response at CrowdStrike.