8 skills needed to be a cyber security expert: Time management

In Your Career ByTeam Acumin / 4th November 2015

Often, when working as a cyber security expert, you’ll be left to your own devices, and expected to come up with a viable solution to the problem you’re facing. This means that if you want to be a success in your chosen career, you will need to know how to manage your time.

So often, when you are given a lot of leeway in the work you do, it’s easy to become distracted and spend time browsing the internet or otherwise procrastinating. It is also very easy to focus on one particular aspect of a project, while neglecting others, and both of these things can have a detrimental impact on your work.

What does time management entail?

Time management is basically the ability to plan and control how you spend the time available to you, so that you get the maximum benefit from it. The skills that you need to manage your time effectively include:

• self-control
• planning for the future
• self-monitoring of time
• prioritisation of tasks

If you can get to grips with these aspects of time management, then it’s likely that you will always use your time well and come up with solutions more quickly, but it does take practice to get to grips with time management, so you should integrate good time management practices into your life as soon as possible, as they will serve you well in the cyber security world.

Managing others

As a cyber security expert, you may also be put in charge of a team, which means you will not only need to manage your own time, but the time of a team. If this is the case, you’ll need to know how to break up and delegate tasks most efficiently, using the strengths of individuals to get things done quickly.