The recruitment war continues in the cyber security market - demand significantly outweighs supply of experienced talent, and organisations don’t want to wait, nor do they always have the budgets to compete for candidates.
Now more than ever, employers and recruiters are having to think outside the box when it comes to building capability. And the industry is beginning to take heed of the advice to look beyond the standard definition of who makes a good candidate for a cyber security role.
Organisations globally are feeling the threat of potential cyber attacks, if they haven’t been impacted already. It goes without saying that the current talent gap when it comes to protecting company (and customer) data is a serious concern.
To date, the cyber industry is largely homogenised both in terms of candidate demographics and their education and career pathways. In regards to the latter, it made sense that such roles would ask for specific technical competency and qualifications. However, that has become a somewhat narrow means to entry - and one which has exacerbated the shortage we face today.
Alternatively, making the strategic decision to build more diversity in cyber security teams, companies are able to move much faster to develop their capability and protect themselves. Further it can also prevent the risk of burnout from the skilled, experienced cyber professionals already in the industry.
Diversity comes in many shapes and forms. When building a diverse cyber team, employers might want to consider some or all of the following:
Similarly, upskilling current employees who show an interest in an internal move to cyber comes with further advantages to an organisation. This includes minimising the learning curve of the business specifics and increasing staff loyalty and retention.
Diversity and inclusion in teams is a focus for organisations across all industries. For those in, or looking to build capability in, cyber security it is an especially important factor for consideration in order to alleviate the current candidate shortage. A mindset that values willingness to learn, different perspectives and problem solving skills, and interest in cyber regardless of background and experience is more likely to deliver a cyber team that is set up for success.
If you’d like any more information about recruiting or retaining top cyber security talent, or if you’re looking for your next cyber security role, reach out to the Decipher Bureau team. With offices across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra - and an experienced team around the world, we’d love to help you out.
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