Cybersecurity ‘ninjas’ value challenges, training and flexible schedules over pay

Challenging work, skills training and flexible work hours are important for all cybersecurity employees, but especially so for the highest skilled workers, according to a report released today by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

In addition, these employees were nearly twice as likely to want promotions that did not require them to move into management.

“We figured out who the cybersecurity ninjas were by asking people what their day-to-day tasks were,” said report author Katrina Timlin, an associate fellow in the center’s strategic technologies program.

Examples of tasks that ninjas perform more often are penetration testing, hunt team activities, security monitoring and event analysis, digital forensics, secure coding, and security engineering.

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