The increase in cyber threats and the implications of the pandemic have seen an increase in companies, across all industries, growing their cyber teams across Information Security, Technology Risk, DevSec, Digital Trust.
Despite this increase in demand for qualified cyber professionals, there is currently an insufficient talent pool to satisfy this demand.
For companies to compete in this candidate short market, they need to consider many areas when sourcing candidates.
Here we have highlighted some of the key points that need to be considered when hiring a successful cyber team.
- Recruit outside the traditional area: with competition becoming more intense for cyber experts, consider allied areas and be prepared to look at professionals outside your industry too
- Look in-house: consider your current team to see if there is someone who can be trained up for the role.
- Look beyond traditional qualifications: responding to the ever-changing cyber threats means you need someone who is agile, responsive and forward-thinking.
- Recognise the need for ongoing training: just as the company's threats evolve and become more sophisticated, training and professional development will need to be factored into the role, and ample budget set aside, to ensure that the cyber team is up-to-date and well-informed.
- Be explicit with the role: make sure the expectations and responsibilities of the teams and individuals are clear and that their requirements are communicated and understood by the Board.
- Make the role attractive: highlight the benefits of both the role and the company so that candidates can decide whether the position is the right one for them.
Zul Azman leads the Financial Services Governance team for Space Executive in Asia across Risk, Compliance and Legal and has extensive experience recruiting for the Risk and Cyber Security space across Asia.