Essential Skills for the Cyber Security Professional

What skills make a good a cyber security professional? The Frost and Sullivan (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study 2015 addresses this issue. The top four are: Broad understanding of the computer security field Communication skills Awareness and understanding of the latest security threats Technical knowledge The report lists a total of 12 skills or […]
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How to Prevent Bad Information From Spreading – Lessons From Missing Flight 370

As the news around Malaysia Airlines flight 370 demonstrates, when people don’t have the information they need then they will invent it – and, typically, what they invent is much worse than reality. You have three options for dealing with missing information, including “communicating that you can’t communicate.” Failing to communicate isn’t one of them. If you […]
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Building a Presentation People will Pay Attention To: Delivering Content

Getting your audience’s attention is just the first step in making a compelling presentation: You must design your presentation so that you keep reassuring your audience that you know what matters to them and will deliver real value to them. If your audience could tell you what they’re thinking then, much of the time, it […]
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How to be Interesting

If you want to be an effective communicator you need to get your audience to pay attention—if you don’t succeed at that there are, at least, four different communication disasters waiting for you. Fortunately, being interesting isn’t hard to do. In an earlier post I talked about how an effective document is one that gets read; […]
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One Thing Everyone Misses in Creating an Effective Document or Presentation

Before reading this, stop for a minute – right now — and make up a list of things that you think are characteristics of an effective document/presentation. You’ll probably miss the most important one. It seems obvious that effective presentations skills (or just plain effective communication skills) should result in producing an effective presentation or […]
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