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How to hire for cyber security roles

Posted: 2015-06-16

The IT industry is a behemoth, and the roles are varied. A myriad of new roles are popping up every other day as the technologies get more and more complicated; now companies are hunting for technology brokers, user experience gurus, cloud integration specialist and so on. Some of the roles which have however stayed as important, that is if they have not gathered more steam in fact, are those that fall in the purview of cyber security. This is because the UK today recognises cyber attacks as a high priority risk. And it remains a tough spot to hire for even today. Here is a list that will help you recruit for a job in this area:

Look For A Passionate Problem Solver
According to Philippa Melaniphy, marketing manager at E-Skills UK, try and assess if the candidate is serious about and suited for this specific genre of work, in equal measure. Like in any other field, true passion often translates to true grit and determination. So tick that box first. But remember also that that's not enough. You might come across a host of youngsters who think its "cool" and who seem driven at the outset, but what this area demands is more than technical knowhow and mere resolve: indeed, it demands keen analytical minds, basically problem solvers who can think out of the box.

Communicating Skills Are Paramount
As there are many different aspects to computer security, and it is a wide area of expertise, a worker can not be an island. That is to say that he or she will have to mingle with others who deal with other areas and this interaction is vital as this will help him or her to develop an understanding of those areas too. Since roles often tend to overlap (the field is new and dynamic, and employers may often use brand-new job titles to refer to customised roles which straddle different aspects depending on the direction that the company wants to take or the areas it finds itself lacking in) it is all the more important to know how to feed off each other, network and such.

Nurture Talent
According to, incidentally one of the earliest technology websites in the UK which emerged way back in '99 and an extremely reliable IT resource, 2017 will herald an alarming shortage of talent when it comes to professionals in this field. This is mainly due to the fact that the number of youngsters entering this field is much lower than other fields in the larger realm of IT. Hence, as a recruiter or a tech company, it is your responsibility to spread awareness and find out how you can contribute to deleting the skills gap. It is also worth putting in some amount of money into R&D. If your company gets an insight, you can benefit in numerous ways over your competitors. This will go a long way in helping you hire in the long run even though it might not yield immediate benefits with the hiring process. It shouldn't be too tough -- after all, the money and the opportunities are both at hand.

Train, train, train
Finding a perfect fit in this field may be like finding a needle in a haystack. So where a good hire eludes you, take a different approach. Find an IT professional who has potential, an ability to learn quickly, communicate well and train him or her for the role you need to fill.