Want to be a Cyber Security Unicorn? Master Diverse Skills

Adam Goss
8 min readMay 26, 2023
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This job looks awesome, but they are asking for a candidate who knows everything under the sun?

If you have thought this about a cyber security role, you are not alone. I have seen Security Operations Center (SOC) roles requiring expertise in cloud technology, junior penetration testing roles requiring five years of experience working in a SOC, and even a malware analyst role needing someone from a compliance background. Human resource (HR) requirements on job descriptions can be outright ludicrous.

Very few, if any, candidates tick every box on a job description, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t strive to tick as many boxes as you can, especially as you progress in your career. The cyber security industry is always seeking out unicorns: people who combine knowledge of many technical things with their main area of expertise.

If you can become a cyber security unicorn, you will become invaluable. I have been chasing this goal for a while now. Let me share what I’ve found out.

What is a Cyber Security Unicorn?

Cyber security unicorns are the rare individuals who can come into a company and transform it almost overnight.



Adam Goss

Helping demystify cyber threat intelligence for businesses and individuals | CTI | Threat Hunting | Custom Tooling