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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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For Cybersecurity, Independent Contractors Should Think Like Big Businesses

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The cyber insurance market is expected to grow, by a lot. Researchers at PricewaterhouseCoopers predicted in 2015 that the market would hit $7.5 billion in annual premiums by the end of the decade (and at least $5 billion by next year). With recent high-profile attacks like WannaCry, cyber insurance demand…

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5 Ways to Think About Cloud Security

5 Ways to Think About Cloud SecuritySource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Applying these five considerations will make for a more successful path to cloud security. Cloud computing promises significant costs savings and more streamlined management of mission-critical information technology, data processing and storage needs. But is it secure? Vibrant Credit Union (VCU), a Midwestern-based full service financial […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com | Can You Be Hacked?

Childhood Trauma—It Happens More Than You Think

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ Traumatic experiences happen-but when they happen to children, it can affect their view of the world, their sense of safety, their development, and even their longer-term physical and mental health. According …

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Tinder really, really wants you to think you’re swiping around for lasting love

When you hear the word Tinder, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you said “hooking up” you’re certainly not alone, but of course there are plenty of people who’ve swiped their way to a soulmate and lived happily ever after, too. So which is it? And why does it even matter? Well, new data out Wednesday from Tinder shows that kind of true love story may indeed be what the app’s users are really after. Read More….

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A plus-size dating coach says attraction is less about weight than we think

In a tech-dependent dating culture, where it takes but a swipe to reject someone, single fat women can see the venture of finding love online as incredibly difficult. When couples therapist and fellow plus-size woman Krista Niles discovered a key piece of research on male online daters, she spent a year gaming the algorithm of a popular dating app to ensure fat babes were only matched with fat-preferring or indifferent partners. This is the cornerstone of The Curvy Cupid Course, Niles’ online group course that takes plus-size women step by step through dating via OKCupid. Read More….

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Romance fraud is (much) bigger than you think

You probably know someone who found love through a dating website – perhaps you did yourself. But you may also have seen cases of people who thought they had met someone special online, only to lose thousands of pounds through fraud. You might think that this is a rare crime and, really, people should know better. It might surprise you to learn that romance/dating fraud is a big and growing crime. One person who has fallen victim reports dating fraud every three hours, according to the latest figures from Action Fraud, the fraud reporting centre. Read More….

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24 Dark Wedding Dresses For Brides Who Think White Is Trite

Brides, it’s time to get in touch with your dark side.

A white wedding dress is classic and lovely, but there’s something rad about a bride with the confidence to buck tradition and wear a gown in black, navy blue or a deep green instead. Below, 24 dark-colored gowns that will strike your fancy. 

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Many Parents Who Think They Have Food Allergies Actually Don’t

When kids have food allergies, the children’s parents may think they have food allergies too, but this is often not the case, a new study found.

The study, which involved only parents of kids with food allergies, showed that many parents who reported also having food allergies didn’t actually have any. In fact, when the researchers conducted allergy tests on parents who thought they had these allergies, more than 70 percent of these parents tested negative.

The study calls into question the reliability of people’s self-reports of allergies, the researchers said. The findings are also surprising, given that parents whose children have food allergies might be expected to have more knowledge than people in general about what counts as a food allergy, the researchers said.

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Think Online Videos Will Solve Your PD Problem? Think Again. – Finding Common Ground – Education Week

Twitter, YouTube, Podcasts, Pinterest, Khan Academy, TeacherTube, Facebook, and Google are existing repositories where educators are already freely sharing ideas and best practice. Do we really need more?

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