Cybersecurity Aptitude

Do you know your aptitude and talent for cybersecurity? Do you just have an affinity for keeping things secure, understanding an adversary viewpoint, and a desire to optimize countermeasures and security? Here are a few ways to identify your aptitude:

Information Security Aptitude Assessments
Cybersecurity Knowledge Quiz
Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE)
Cybersecurity Competency Model
Cybersecurity Fundamentals Practice Quiz
Cybersecurity Careers
Level Up with SANS
20 Coolest Careers in Cybersecurity
iMocha Assessments

CyberGEN maps back to four areas, attacking, developing, defending, and exploitation. Many are paid models. The author loves the Cybersecurity Competency Model because of how organized it is into all the skills required for a role in cyber. Some, like ISACA, are difficult to pass and intimidating for new folks considering the industry. If you’re new we recommend checking out The Workforce NICE solution, Cybersecurity Competency Model, and job sites for postings related to jobs considered.

Core Aptitudes

When hiring for security the author always looks for character (you can’t train that), critical thinking skills, and passion/drive. Overall the following core aptitudes have been identified for cybersecurity:

Verbal reasoningAbility to solve verbal/word problems by reasoning logically
Nonverbal reasoningAbility to solve nonverbal problems (graphical, puzzles, and diagrammatic) by reasoning logically
Mathematical reasoningAbility to reason mathematically and choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem
Problem sensitivityAbility to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem
OriginalityAbility to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation or to develop creative ways to solve a problem
Information orderingAbility to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations)
Written communicationAbility to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing
Oral comprehensionAbility to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
Perceptual speedAbility to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns
Advanced written comprehensionAbility to read and understand technical and/or government documents
Written expressionAbility to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
Near visionAbility to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer)