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The Queue (cybersecurity edition): how mentoring gets the queue of cybersecurity talent moving to reduce your organisations’ risk

05 Apr 2023

You’ve seen cyber-attacks on the news and ask yourself, “if big companies can’t protect data, how can we?” You’re in luck; criminals are ruthlessly efficient when it comes to their bottom line. Do a little security well, and you’ll move your organisation further back in the queue.

Great, so now what? Someone needs to be responsible for cyber security – but who?

You’re told there’s a cybersecurity skills shortage; yet there’s a queue of aspiring cybersecurity professionals from school leavers to apprentices, graduates to career changers – all struggling to secure jobs due to their lack of experience.

The answer? Mentoring.

Key takeaways:

  • Define the challenge - the ‘cybersecurity skills gap’ is a ‘double experience gap’.
  • Debate perspectives – the job applicant, the hiring manager, and the board.
  • Determine solutions – implement risk-reducing controls, mentoring as a security control.
  • Deliver your services – your organisation doesn’t have to stall whilst waiting for that elusive cybersecurity unicorn 🦄
Michala Liavaag, MD | CISO advisor | vCISO | Information Governance & Cybersecurity Consultant - Cybility Consulting Ltd

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