Getting into Cyber

In this blog today we look at the 6 TOP reasons why the CYBERSECURITY hiring process is largely broken and some ways we can look at addressing these:

The cybersecurity hiring process can be considered “broken” for a number of reasons, some of which include:

  1. Lack of qualified candidates: The demand for cybersecurity professionals far outpaces the supply, leading to a shortage of qualified candidates for open positions. This can make it difficult for companies to find the right person for the job.
  2. Inadequate job descriptions: Job descriptions for cybersecurity positions are often too broad or too technical, making it difficult for candidates to determine if they’re a good fit for the role.
  3. Overreliance on certifications: Some companies place too much emphasis on certifications as a measure of a candidate’s competence, rather than evaluating their real-world experience and problem-solving abilities.
  4. Bias in the hiring process: Bias can creep into the hiring process, leading to unconscious discrimination against certain groups of people.
  5. Lack of diversity: The cybersecurity industry is notoriously lacking in diversity, which can limit the pool of potential candidates and make it difficult for companies to find individuals with different perspectives and backgrounds.
  6. Time-consuming and ineffective interviewing process: The interview process for cybersecurity positions can be lengthy and overly focused on technical knowledge, rather than a candidate’s soft skills, such as teamwork and communication.

To address these challenges and improve the cybersecurity hiring process, companies can implement practices such as using clear and detailed job descriptions, valuing a candidate’s real-world experience and problem-solving skills, promoting diversity and inclusion, and streamlining the interview process.

What are your experiences? How do you think we need to “Fix” the cyber security industry?