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How To Identify Cybersecurity Talent When You Aren’t A Computer Wiz

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Is your company prepared for a potential cyberattack that could bring your operations to a standstill? Cyberattacks are on the rise. According to the World Economic Forum, there are 2,200 cyberattacks every day, and the cost of these crimes are projected to skyrocket to almost $24 trillion worldwide by 2027. What is your business going to do to protect yourself? And how can you identify a savvy cybersecurity professional who understands the latest threats and technologies when you aren’t a computer expert? What you need are seasoned cybersecurity recruiters.

CulverCareers offers expert IT recruitment services so that companies can hire top-tier cybersecurity professionals with the latest industry knowledge and skills.   

What Are My Company’s Cybersecurity Risks?

As Astra Security reports, almost half (46%) of cyberattacks target smaller businesses. The larger the company, the greater the potential cost per attack. The IBM Cost of a Data Breach Report 2023 puts the global average cost of a data breach at $4.45 million, a 15% rise from 2020. In addition to common attacks like ransomware, malware, and phishing, threats are emerging from new technologies like generative AI, quantum computing, virtual environment tools, enterprise blockchain, and virtual/augmented reality.

What Should I Look for When Hiring Cybersecurity Talent?

Cybersecurity professionals need a certain level of education, technical skills, non-technical skills, personal attributes, and professional experience, including IT and security certifications. Some industries may also require a security clearance. 

The most important skills for cybersecurity are:

  • Technical Skills  (data security, data analysis, secure software development, cloud security, security administration)
  • Non-Technical Skills (can work independently or as part of a team, customer service experience, project management expertise, presentation skills)
  • Personal Attributes (critical thinking, analytical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, desire to learn)

Professional cybersecurity recruiters will tell you that an educational background and professional experience in security aren’t enough. Cybersecurity superstars must be agile thinkers who can solve problems. A security professional may need to monitor system alerts, use scripting languages, document procedures, respond to incidents, and report findings to managers. At a higher level, they may need to address privacy and authentication issues; perform backups, recovery, and business continuity tasks; work on encryption and intrusion detection, and do penetration testing to ensure that systems are working properly. 

What Makes a Cybersecurity Professional?

Experts in cybersecurity are a unique breed. In addition to having the technical chops, they’re analytical thinkers with superb communication skills. They’re vigilant but also innovative and highly adaptable to change, which is essential for such a rapidly evolving industry. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, curious, and eager to learn new skills. Their demeanor will be calm and resilient, although they’re passionate about what they do. An information technology recruitment firm searching for a highly skilled cybersecurity team member will look for all of these characteristics.   

Cybersecurity Skill Assessment

How do you test someone on their computer knowledge, especially in the complex world of cybersecurity? While there are companies that create online tests for cybersecurity job candidates that you can customize, they only ask questions about real-life scenarios, rather than meeting with the person to assess their experience and personal strengths. These automated tests also don’t consider if that person would thrive in that company’s culture. 

A thorough vetting by a seasoned professional in cybersecurity placement is far more effective for finding candidates who are a perfect fit for the role and the organization. A cybersecurity recruitment agency will conduct one of these practical application tests in addition to other appraisals. This is something that third-party recruiters can do that is far more difficult for a company putting up openings on a jobs board and fielding countless resumés.

How Does CulverCareers Vet Good Cybersecurity Talent?

As premier IT recruiters with a specialization in cybersecurity placement, CulverCareers knows what to look for in our pre-qualified, highly skilled computer professionals. With more than 30 years of experience and a large network of candidates, we can help your company find people with the right cybersecurity skills and experience to be a tremendous asset to your team.

Looking for something specific? Contact us and let us know what you are hiring for.

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Ty Culver is the Client Development Director of CulverCareers focusing on talent acquisition and workforce solutions with a wide variety of local, national and global clients.

Ty has been working in various aspects of the industry for over 10 years and developed deep expertise in Executive Search, Executive Benefit and Talent Acquisition Programs along the way. He has a range of experience from SMB to Enterprise clients and hyper specific executive searches to high volume recruiting with companies in a dynamic state of flux.

Today, Ty leads a talented team of Talent Acquisition Specialists, Executive Recruiters and Client Success Managers at one of the most respected Recruiting Firms in the Nation, CulverCareers. While leadership is a key aspect of his role, Ty still enjoys working with clients on recruiting strategies, executive benefit solutions and workforce solutions to help clients build a holistic approach to talent acquisition and talent retention.

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