Did You Know? A Scrum Master Role Is A Pivot Position Into Cybersecurity

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Author: Katia Dean

If you have followed my blog series, I have made it my mission to let people know that Cybersecurity Is For Everyone and that you have the transferable skills to excel in this discipline area. A more in-depth discussion about this concept is in my eBook The Struggle is Real: A Blueprint To Excelling Into The Cybersecurity Discipline. So how does a Scrum Master pivot into cybersecurity?

First, let us discuss the meaning of Scrum. “ Scrum is a lightweight framework that helps people, teams, and organizations generate value through adaptive solutions for complex problems.” Some companies incorporate this framework, and this a new skill-set to become aware of to build your career to pivot into cybersecurity.

Second, what is a Scrum Master? A Scrum Master as defined in the Scrum Guide. This person ensures that Scrum, which is the framework, is established within the organization. There are a few ways this is implemented: through improving the teams’ practices within the framework. This leader assists the other team members and removes barriers between stakeholders and Scrum Teams.

NIST 800-181 Cybersecurity Workforce Publication  

To get back to the point, a Scrum Master is a non-technical role within cybersecurity. In reference to the NIST 800-181 publication. The Oversee and Govern specialty area provides leadership, management, and direction to effectively conduct cybersecurity work.  This category is where my skill-set aligns utilizing my expertise from an Engineering background and past work experience.   Below are the specialty areas to consider.

Specialty Areas

Cybersecurity Management


Training, Education, and Awareness