Recruiting for Cybersecurity job roles during a candidate drought


Cyberattacks increased 300 per cent during the pandemic.

That emergency alerted many organisations to the importance of possessing a robust cybersecurity system.

This then alerted everyone to the fact that there is a massive skill gap when it comes to cybersecurity.

Without the security experts to hire, there will inevitably be security risks.

It is predicted that attacks will cost a $10TR by 2025.

There are currently 3.5M cyber roles open on the job market, according to Cybersecurity Ventures.

Lack of expertise available has a knock-on effect on things like oversight.

90 per cent of Cybersecurity leaders stated in a Hays poll, that he skill gap is affecting their attempts to deal with cyber attacks.

It leaves companies open to attacks such as phishing attacks via email systems.

Those roles need to be filled.

Especially within education, government, aerospace, etc.

So, what can be done?

Niche recruitment companies like Zenshin Talent will find the experts well-versed in Python or Linux who are not on the open job market for you.

This is, as long as the proposition offered to the candidate meets current industry standards.

But that only works for the talent that exists currently.

Companies need to prioritise training within the existing workforce.

Many companies rely on a system where if someone wants a raise or promotion, they must leave the company for another company that will give them what they want, whilst being replaced by a new employee.

That has worked until now.

When faced with new types of jobs and an ultra-competitive job market, that system falls apart because it is rare that anyone has a structure in place to ensure training happens.

Internships and mentorships would be a good start.

Perhaps partnerships between businesses and educational establishments could also help.

Those things usually need to be facilitated by other bodies.

But according to another poll. 70 per cent of businesses say they have an employee shortage already.  

It then must fall upon governments to put schemes in place to provide a ready supply for the industries, yet governments have a lot of other problems to face, which demand resources to be solved.

And governments don’t move particularly quickly either.

So it has to be a mix, where everyone acknowledges the looming disaster and takes at least a few steps to resolve it, rather than waiting for a silver bullet from somewhere else.

Similar articles