The results of our survey of cyber security professionals show that
challenging high impact work and continuing investment in training or
more critical to attracting and keeping elite cyber security
professionals then competitive pay and benefits.
Having a flexible work schedule also ranked higher than pay. Ninjas also
valued being able to advance without having to assume management
responsibilities significantly more highly than non-ninjas.
There is evidence of what we call a “Kevin Durant effect.” Highly
skilled professionals want to work with others whose talent and work
they respect and from (or with) whom they can continue to learn.
We found a relationship between certain professional certification tests
and those who perform certain ninja tasks. Ninjas hold more and
different professional certifications.