Tech Skills Not Enough for Advance

Harry Raduege, Chair, Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation
To get ahead, especially for managers, infosec pros must know about education, governance, intellectual property, law, policy, privacy and strategy, says Harry Raduege, co-chair of an influential panel on cybersecurity.Technical skills will get you only so far as an IT security professional. To get ahead, especially for managers, cybersecurity specialists must gain an understanding of governance, intellectual property, law, policy, privacy education and strategy.

"Technical people can find jobs alone in technical areas but certainly, if you want to enhance your opportunities for career advancement, skills and these other multi-disciplines would certainly help you," retired Air Force Gen. Harry Raduege, co-chair of the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency and chairman and director of the Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation, says in an interview with

"There's always going to be a need for just the technical skills, but as you rise in organization to higher management and leadership positions, I think you going to need to have the general understanding and involvement with the other disciplines involved in cybersecurity," says Raduege, the former director of the Defense Information Systems Agency.

In the interview with's Eric Chabrow, which focused on the government IT security workforce, Raduege also discussed the:

Strengths and weaknesses of the federal government's cybersecurity workforce;

Need for agencies to collaborate, to share workers, as evidenced by the recent agreement between the Defense Department's National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security; and

Reasons behind the exploding need for cybersecurity professionals. "If there's something involved with bits, bytes and packets, the electronic connectivity that's required in moving that, it's going to require cybersecurity professionals," he says. "And, I think that just shows the huge, growing job market for people trained in this discipline areas."

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