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The cybersecurity industry is facing a mounting talent crisis. Demand for cybersecurity experts is outstripping supply by 25% and analysts are predicting 1.8 million unfilled positions by 2022. This talent gap is quickly becoming a critical issue for businesses, leaving them dangerously exposed to cybercrime and putting their investments in digital transformation at risk. Innovative thinking is needed to plug the gap.

One of the most exciting options for me is diverse hiring. We live in a vast, multi-cultured world filled with people from different backgrounds and different perspectives yet, all too often; we recruit from a narrow band of personality types. Those that are willing to widen their recruitment net will find genuine talent that is being overlooked by their peers.

For example, there is a growing body of research on the benefits of recruiting neuro-diverse candidates, such as individuals on the autism spectrum. Studies from the National Autistic Society have shown that people with autism are known to be analytical, detail-oriented and to have strong problem solving skills, making them ideal candidates for cybersecurity roles. However, many people with autism struggle to navigate recruitment processes or cope in a traditional office environment.

Given the talent crisis, why are we ignoring these highly skilled people? A few pioneers, such as Microsoft and SAP, are implementing more inclusive approaches to hiring and also creating bespoke roles that play to the strengths of those with autism. However, much more could be done to bring these kinds of people into the workplace. Some simple solutions include giving people the option to work from home, removing line management responsibility from positions or providing autism awareness training to make teams more accommodating.

Another untapped pool of potential is millennials. Unwittingly, many organizations put themselves at a disadvantage with this group by not designing recruitment campaigns to address their needs and the channels they consume content on. According to Capgemini’s research, 82% of Gen Y and Gen Z talent are looking to join organizations that recruit in an innovative way. This means reaching them on the mobile platforms they use every day. Some companies use gamification to attract the brightest talent. L’Oreal for example uses a game called Brandstorm to attract bright undergraduates and the Cyber Security Challenge UK conducts annual gaming competitions to find the next generation of cyber defenders.

Of course, great cybersecurity talent doesn’t have to come from outside the organization. Many companies are in fact sitting on a hotbed of unrecognized or undiscovered skill. Our research found that over a third of employees are anxious that their skills set will become redundant in the next four to five years. This is prompting half of employees to invest their own resources in digital upskilling. So rather than recruiting externally, companies should look inward and scout candidates in fields like network operations or application development, where they can find individuals who already possess knowledge and skills that can be easily adapted for cybersecurity.

Once great candidates are through the door, the next challenge is keeping them. Four out of five employees want to be able to work remotely, so offering a good work/life balance is key. For millennials, a clear career development path is important and 84% want regular feedback and achievable goals.

Elsewhere, another challenge faced by the industry is attracting enough women. Currently only 11% of the cybersecurity workforce are female. Popular culture has fueled the perception of cybersecurity as a masculine industry, with depictions of male, “nerdy” hackers. Offering internships to female students, providing mentors and highlighting the work of senior female cybersecurity specialists is a good place to start changing this perception and bolstering your recruitment pipeline.

The repercussions of a cyber-attack are potentially devastating, from hefty fines, to lower share price and reputational damage. But businesses are struggling with a shortage of cybersecurity talent and the problem is certainly not going away. By adopting innovative recruitment, training, and retention strategies that will appeal to cybersecurity talent, organizations can take an important step in helping protect their companies from the risks of our connected world.

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McAfee boosts cyber security software suite with a beefed-up anti-malware engine to tackle hack attacks

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Cyber security firm McAfee has given its core suite of anti-virus and security software an overhaul to bolster the protection it can provide against currnet and future hack attacks. McAfee AntiVirus Plus, McAfee Internet Security, McAfee Total Protection and McAfee LiveSafe have all had an upgrade, giving them access to…

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Steps to tackle cyber security breaches

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Internet accessibility has only enabled the critical role of information technology in our daily lives. It has always been an inevitable part of organizational functioning, however access to the internet puts a lot of power in the hands of organizations and individuals alike. Some recent examples include the leaking of…

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Honeywell introduces industrial cybersecurity software to tackle USB threats

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Industrial automation company Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has developed cybersecurity software to protect industrial facilities from USB-borne threats. ‘Removable media’ like USBs are part and parcel of operations in industrial facilities. Often used by workers to patch, update and exchange … The post Honeywell introduces industrial […]

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Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act to tackle increasing scale and transnational nature of cybercrime

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Quantum computer worth $15 million sold to tackle cybersecurity

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Quantum computer worth $15 million sold to tackle cybersecurity

A state-of-the-art computer system using quantum mechanics and valued at $15 million dollars has been sold to a cyber-security firm. D-Wave, the developers of the quantum computer, announced the sale to Temporal Defense Systems , earlier this week. Temporal Defense …

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Principals Tackle Herculean Tasks Every Day. Their Jobs Must Become More Manageable – Education Week

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DMU experts work with police to tackle cyber crime

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Cyber security experts at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) are working with the police to fight the increasing threat of cyber crime. Officers from across the East Midlands came to DMU to learn more about digital forensics and the latest research being carried out to profile those who commit cyber crime. DMU’s Psychology and Technology Research Group and the Cyber Security Centre work to understand both how victims view cyber crime as well as the psychology and techniques used by the cyber criminals. Cyber crime is a growing issue. In 2014, more than half of 2,075 Britons who took part in a UK Government survey had been victims of cyber crime. A separate poll showed that for the UK as a whole, more than £670m was lost in online fraud in the 12 months to August 2014. Recent cases in Leicestershire have included a man jailed for eight months for a cyber attack on a Leicester business. He cancelled online orders and hacked into the website in the attack which cost the company £41,000. “The cyber environment is used to commit and facilitate all types of crimes and even people committing more traditional crimes like burglary will still leave a […]

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Yes, Inequality Is Still a Big Problem — and One We Can Tackle

The New York Times’ David Leonhardt is one of the country’s most thoughtful commentators on the links between economics and politics. So when he writes an article entitled “Inequality Has Actually Not Risen Since the Financial Crisis” people notice. In this case, it was conservative commentators who paid the most attention, trumpeting his piece as akin to a climate scientist admitting that global warming isn’t happening. Read More….

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Five-member expert group to tackle cyber crimes

Five-member expert group to tackle cyber crimes

Finally, India seems to have woken up to the pitfalls and dangers of cyber-crimes that are hitting at both country’s infrastructure and also at individual levels. Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday announced constituting a five-member expert group of […]

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