The greatest threat to cyber security is the lack of cyber experts in the industry. Cyber security is a hot topic, there isn’t a day that goes by that something cyber related hits the headlines and for good reasons. We are living in a technology age, everything is related to cyber.
You wouldn’t leave your office without ensuring the windows were shut and the doors were locked, you take all precautions to ensure your physical security, but what about your cyber security?
Are you doing enough to protect yourself in the cyber world, or do you leave yourself and your business wide open to cyber attacks?
Cyber attacks have fast become one of the greatest threats of the 21st century to businesses. Small, medium and large enterprises are all finding themselves vulnerable, and if you store anything to do with personal information: client data, personnel files, business plans, future projects, you are leaving yourself exposed.
So why aren’t we just putting people in place to tackle cyber crime?
Well, many reasons, not limited to:
A poll conducted by Infosecurity Europe 2019 suggests the biggest challenge to cyber security recruitment is a lack of skills. In particular technical skills, threat intelligence, incident response and forensic investigation.
The reason for this lack of skills being twofold: firstly not being able to get enough people through the doors initially to fill entry positions in the first place and secondly, if cyber security people are there, not keeping them interested long enough to stick around and develop these key cyber skills.
According to a recent Global Information Security Workforce Study, over 90% of tech employers are aware that there is a significant gap in talent and that this gap will only grow larger, culminating in a skills shortage of 3.5m professionals, come 2023.
According to a study carried out by CW jobs, 53% of workers have not received training on cyber security, and for those workers who have been cyber security trained, 23% don’t feel confident that should the company come under cyber attack, they would be able to handle a breach.
If you’re a cyber security graduate and you know the world is your oyster, and young, edgy tech startups are the places you want to work, you will prioritise applying to work for them. But in reality, every business needs cyber security graduates to become experts within their teams. You have to find a way to reach them.
So, the challenges with cyber security recruitment lie then with finding, attracting and retaining talent. How do you overcome these challenges? We’ve broken them down for you.
Being first in line is tough in this day and age, it seems it’s a graduate’s job market at the moment. If you hope to recruit the top talent in cyber security, you have to think outside of the box. The standard ‘turn up and man a stall at a job fair’ is a thing of the past.
Once you’ve managed to root out the cyber security talent, your next challenge with cyber security recruitment is attracting that talent to come and work for you. It’s all good and well unearthing cyber security experts, but you need to persuade them to sign on your dotted line. And that is sometimes easier said than done.
However there are ways you can make your company an incredibly appealing place to work.
Diversity will help you in your cyber security recruitment – if you demonstrate that you are a 21st century company, one that prioritises diversity in your work force and equality, you will be the company that people want to work for.
Plus by recruiting a diverse workforce you will employ people who approach problem solving from different angles, which will ultimately benefit the cyber security industry as a whole.
Cyber security experts know their worth and know they’re in demand, so make sure your recruiting process is as seamless as possible for them.
Find out what motivates your candidates and strive to achieve that for them, financial rewards aren’t always what everyone is after: perks, flexible working, health insurance, career development courses, these are all things you could look to offer candidates to smooth the way, that won’t necessary cost you the earth.
Once you’ve found, attracted and recruited the best cyber security talent there is, you are then faced with one final problem. There is a serious shortage of cyber security experts, so if you’ve poached yours, expect others to approach and try and ensnare them aware from you.
The tech industry experiences incredibly high staff turnover rates, so during your recruitment process you will have to gauge whether your select candidates are flighty or are in it for the long term. You don’t want to spend money recruiting the top talent only to find them jumping ship a few months down the line when a seemingly better offer opens up.
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