Recent News Coverage Focused on Cybersecurity Strategy and Leadership Recruiting

October 21, 2021

The challenges surrounding cybersecurity leadership recruiting in 2021 are multi-faceted. As reflected in a recent ISACA survey, there is a severe cybersecurity talent gap in the United States, with companies and organizations often struggling to identify and secure the cyber leaders they need to successfully defend against cyberterrorists and other digital threats that have emerged in recent years. More than 60-percent of survey respondents report that their cybersecurity teams are understaffed, and 55-percent report having currently unfilled cybersecurity leadership positions. Even those companies whose cyberteams are fully staffed are having to manage additional levels of risk created by the expanding work-from-home reality brought on by the pandemic.
Addressing this problem will require an all-hands-on-deck approach. Schools need to engage more children in STEM studies at an earlier age. More universities need to follow the lead of Le Moyne College and establish cybersecurity majors and minors. Companies and organizations need to be more proactive in developing and mentoring young cyberleadership talent, and, working together with cybersecurity recruiting firms, they must deploy strategies to build larger and more diverse candidate pools from which to choose.
As one of the nation’s premier cybersecurity recruitment agencies, we are specialists in securing the most experienced and talented cyber leaders – both active and passive – to help keep your organization and its people safe.  We deliver critical team members, including Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), Business Information Security Officers (BISOs), Chief Revenue Officers, Chief Security Officers, Chief Product Security Officers, Chief Technology Officers, and many others to organizations across myriad industries including energy, financial services, oil-and-gas, philanthropy, security detection and response, and transportation.

News coverage of the current cybersecurity landscape provides additional insights and perspectives to guide your company’s cybersecurity strategy. A compilation of recent news articles is listed below.

Security Boulevard
“Meeting the Demands of Hiring Cybersecurity Pros”
October 13, 2021 

“It’s no surprise that the number and severity of cyberattacks continue to increase, with ransomware more than doubling in North America since 2019. These breaches cost companies an average of $4.24 million per incident. 

“Unfortunately, the current supply of experienced cybersecurity staff is not enough to meet the growing demand. The latest survey report from the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)and industry analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) indicates that there are more than four million unfilled cybersecurity positions globally. More than a third (38%) of respondents point to pay as the top contributing factor to that skills gap.”

“Four Reasons to Run a Tabletop Exercise This Cybersecurity Awareness Month”
October 13, 2021 

“This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it’s important to think about how you can best protect your company from cyberattacks. One of the most effective ways is by running a tabletop exercise with your team. A tabletop exercise will allow you and your team to identify potential vulnerabilities in advance and come up with solutions together before they happen.”

“Finding the right mix: Leveraging policy andincentives to improve healthcare cybersecurity”
October 7, 2021 

“When businesses are hit by a cyberattack, it can mean a disruption in operations, lost revenue and customer dissatisfaction because their personal information is exposed. But for the healthcare sector, the impact is far greater; cyberattacks can be a matter of life or death.

“…While cyberattacks have not directly contributed to patient deaths in U.S. hospitals, they have impacted patientcare and, in some cases, increased patient death rates in the aftermath. Hospitals have furloughed hundreds of workers, been locked out of computers used to administer cancer treatments and experienced disruptions accessing patient records. While patient diversions like the example above are often necessary to maintain the safety and integrity of patient care, such actions can have serious adverse consequences.”

SC Magazine
“Diversity is critical to closing the cybersecurity skills gap”
September 28, 2021 

“The current cybersecurity workforce gap is estimated to be over 3.1 million globally. The workforce needs to grow 89% to effectively defend organizations’ critical assets from increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. 

“While there is no silver-bullet solution to this problem, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is critical to attracting more talent to the profession. Cybersecurity threats and challenges are constantly evolving, but the workforce has remained relatively unchanged from a representation standpoint. 

“There are numerous benefits to diversity in the cybersecurity industry. Arguably the most imperative to addressing the current threat landscape is the positive impact different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives have on the public and private sectors’ ability to fight cybercrime.”

“Best careers with a cybersecurity degree”
September 28, 2021 

“Companies around the world depend on cybersecurity professionals to stop security breaches and investigate cybercrimes. Cybersecurity professionals play a vital role in diverse industries, including the energy sector, government, and tech. They implement security procedures, test systems for vulnerabilities, and prevent cyberattacks. 

“A cybersecurity degree opens the door for many jobs in information assurance and cybersecurity. Graduates work as information security analysts, penetration testers, and forensic computer analysts. With experience, they move into management-level roles like cybersecurity manager or chief information security officer.”

Security Intelligence
“How to Build a Winning Cybersecurity Resume”
September 22, 2021 

“Career advancement is an art form with many facets. One vital tool is your cybersecurity resume, the quality of which can mean the difference between getting an interview for your dream job and not being considered at all. 

“Following the standard advice on building a resume will give you a standard resume that won’t set you apart from the pack. Fresh thinking will give your resume a huge advantage. This is true whether you’re an entry-level candidate or applying for a chief information security officer (CISO) position, whether you’re building a security analyst resume or a security administrator resume.”

“How to retain the best talent in a competitive cybersecurity market”
September 20, 2021 

“We are currently experiencing The Great Resignation, where millions of people are leaving their jobs in search of increased satisfaction. The global pandemic gave many the time to think about what work means to them, their contributions to the industry and the organization they are a part of, how they spend their time, and most importantly, how a career may fulfill their lives. 

“As a result, hiring and retaining the best talent has quickly become a top priority for most organizations today. In the cybersecurity industry, which faces an immense skills shortage, this is especially true.”

World Economic Forum
“5 ways Digital Transformation Officers can makecybersecurity a top priority”
September 15, 2021 

“Embracing new technologies defines a company’s competitiveness on the market today, its efficient operation and its future development. As businesses go remote, many of them transfer their valuable data to the cloud – experts predict up to 60% will be using external provider services by 2022. This allows companies to tune internal communications, process and store larger amounts of data and deliver more value to customers. 

“The Digital Transformation Officer (DTO) plays the key role in managing the strategic approach necessary to successfully undertake such transformations. Part of that success means managing cyber-risk. In fact, the World Economic Forum, in its guidance to boards of directors, recommends that organizational design supports cybersecurity. The DTO has significant responsibility in making sure this important obligation is met.”

“Cybersecurity Training 2021”
September 12, 2021 

“Cybersecurity training is the key that unlocks the door to lucrative and flexible career paths in a field where professionals are scarce and demand is high. 

“It’s also a wise investment for organizations filling in professional gaps by retraining their existing workforces.  

“How urgent is the cybersecurity hiring and training need? The numbers paint a clear picture: 

“Cybersecurity Ventures predicts there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally in 2021Fewer than one in four applicants for open cybersecurity positions are qualified, according to the MIT Technology Review.”

Dark Reading
“I Moved to Cybersecurity After a Decade in Finance — Here's How You Can Too”
September 8, 2021 

“Mysterious characters in hoodies hunched over keyboards. Touchscreen monitors in fervent war rooms whirling with binary code. Roles in the cybersecurity field are far from the intense coders and stereotypical hackers portrayed in movies and television shows. The profession may not be as glamorous as what Hollywood imagines, but it is a well-paying industry with limitless growth opportunities thanks to the ever-changing nature of technology. 

“The cybersecurity industry is acutely aware of the need to rid itself of its stereotypes to advance and fill open roles. While the industry still has work to do to earn a true departure from its "boys club" image, individuals with nontraditional backgrounds are increasingly being recruited as instrumental assets. Rightfully so — it's a career path for anyone with strong analytical and communications skills who thrives in creative problem-solving scenarios.”

Security Boulevard
“Solving the healthcare cybersecurity crisis”
August 25, 2021 

“Last year, hospitals and healthcare organizations suffered brutal ransomware and phishing attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attacks came from all sides and caught healthcare facilities off guard from the aggressiveness and sheer volume of attacks and cyber threats. Hackers were trying to breach electronic medical records (EMR) to access valuable private patient data — a hot commodity on the black market. Internal employees were caught snooping on patient medical records. And third-party vendors (like machine technicians) and programs (like telehealth) that healthcare systems trust and heavily rely on became avenues for hackers to use to access medical systems and information.  

“Now with the Delta variant, healthcare organizations are undoubtedly looking at last year and the attacks thus far this year to prepare for future cyber threats that come with surges in COVID cases and hospitalizations.”

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