Attracting Cybersecurity Talent Takes an Open Mind, Creativity and Honesty

Retaining cybersecurity talent can be difficult. Along with our previous tips, how can you attract great workers?  

Difficulties and Positive Changes 

 The recent ISACA State of Cybersecurity 2022 survey provides some key markers:

Unfilled positions are on the rise (not good)
Existing teams are understaffed (not good)
Budgets are (finally) increasing (good)
University degree mandates for entry-level jobs are dropping (good).

 Let’s focus on the last point about loosening requirements. This is a positive development for a few reasons. We noted before that the ‘checkbox’ exercise is a unicorn search. Hiring managers: move on. Recruiting departments: loosen the rules. When the workforce gap is in the millions, there are no ‘pick and choose’ privileges. You may be passing on some great talent.

It’s a ‘New’ Discipline With Growth Potential

Cybersecurity, as a discipline, is a relatively new field. It started between 10 and 20 years ago depending on where you define the starting point. (Some will say “information security” started much longer ago than that, and they have a case.) Artificial intelligence, alert monitoring and response orchestration, just to name a few, are relatively new fields. Cloud computing solutions are still in demand and 5G/edge computing solutions are running up behind ..

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