What Skills Are Needed For Cybersecurity In The Banking Industry?


Delegation, delegation, delegation—it's the name of the game when it comes to boosting your financial institution's digital safety in our current climate.


Because the technologies available for your credit union or bank are becoming more nuanced, more advanced, and more sophisticated—and so are the cyber attackers and criminals trying to take advantage of them. Unless you have team members whose area of expertise is predominantly geared toward your firm's cybersecurity, you may be putting your entire banking community at serious risk of stolen data and security breaches due to accidental oversights and unaddressed vulnerabilities. 

If you've been thinking about hiring cybersecurity team members at your institution, it's helpful to know how to pick the right hire. Here are five characteristics to look for in your candidates.


1. Genuinely Interested in the Field

Being able to stay up-to-date on new technology innovations and regulations is key for any potential security hire, especially since these factors can change so frequently and can be quite extensive. If you can find a security hire who shows a track record of genuine interest in the cybersecurity field, chances are you've found someone who won't need a fire lit beneath them to stay current on the latest research and trends, since they'll likely be inclined to do it already.


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2. Willing to Promote a Culture of Security

No amount of bulletproof cybersecurity features will work optimally unless your entire community understands that everyone must take ownership of bank cybersecurity—from entry level to upper management. Any potential hire for a security position should be able to work with your entire organization to promote a bank-wide culture of cybersecurity and help all employees understand their role in protecting your organization's network, and the sensitive information within it.


3. Comfortable Taking Action

As an extension to the previous point, your security team members should be able to communicate concisely, timely, and clearly to all the need-to-know members of your team if and when potential threats are identified. The ability to act quickly and accurately, even while under pressure, is a highly valuable skill that can mean the difference between a potential or a realized threat. 


4. Comes With Credentials

Looking for credentials helps you zero in on candidates who will have excellent comprehension of and commitment to the field. These may include:

  • CEH: Certified Ethical Hacker
  • CISM: Certified Information Security Manager
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • CISA: Certified Information Security Auditor
  • GSEC: SANS GIAC Security Essentials


5. Has Some Experience Under Their Belt

At least a few years in the field is certainly a welcome thing to see on any potential hire's resume. Knowing that a candidate already has experience in the fast-paced environment of cybersecurity and information technology will tip the scale toward enhanced efficiency and comprehensiveness.


What Skills Do You Need for Cyber Security—And Who on Your Team Possesses Them?

Having a great security team at your institution is the efficient, ethical, and prudent choice. And Integrity Technology Solutions would be honored to play a role in your bank's journey toward building better cybersecurity! Contact us today at 309.662.7723 to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help. 

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