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Have your students ever dreamt of being heroes, preventing cyber-attacks and defending information systems all over the world? Are they interested in developing a security strategy for organizations, and building firewalls while continuously learning about new software? Then they need to get acquainted with Cybersecurity Specialist career. For this career path, having strong technical ICT skills with good knowledge of hardware and software is essential. Cybersecurity specialists are needed in IT companies, financial institutions, governmental organizations and companies working in all fields. Are you wondering how to help them become one of them? Scroll down to discover it!

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Find out about the key skills to become a Cybersecurity Expert.

Software Management

A cybersecurity specialist needs to have knowledge of security software to build firewalls and follow security protocols.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems is an essential part of a Cybersecurity specialist’s day-to-day work.

Problem Solving

Problem-solving involves the identification of complex problems and reviews related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Collaboration and clear communication are two of the key aspects of a cybersecurity specialist day to day task since you need to work together with the rest of the organisation and inform them clearly about security requirements.


As the field of cybersecurity evolves rapidly, you need to be adaptable and interested in learning new skills.

Analytical Reasoning

To understand the strengths and weaknesses of the cybersecurity of your organization, you need to have great attention to detail and excellent analytical skills.

Meet Semyon Ovsyannikov

Semyon started at Cisco Networking Academy in 2007 as Technical Manager and later was involved as Instructor-trainer and IT Education expert for program development in Russia. From 2013 to 2017 he represented Russia as Worldskills International Expert in Skill 39 – IT Network Systems Administration. Currently, he supports the development of the Networking Academy the Western European region, UK and Ireland. His main goal is to ensure program quality by engaging with leading training centers.

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Vanessa James

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