Hiring managers and executives alike face a multitude of challenges when developing talent acquisition strategies for cybersecurity teams. To address these challenges, National CyberWatch Center has partnered with WB&B Executive Search to form the 2018 Cyber Talent Alliance.
WB&B has been recognized as the nation’s leading minority-owned executive search firm. Established in 1973, its founding bylaws ensure an inclusive slate of qualified candidates for each client engagement. By partnering with WB&B, National CyberWatch Center hopes to fortify the workforce and enhance talent pipelines for companies, government agencies and others.
Information Security professionals are notoriously hard to find despite their high demand. Add security clearances into the equation, and finding the right person for the job becomes increasingly difficult. Of concern is the scarcity of experienced professionals resulting in a war for talent among companies as well as government sectors. In addition, the pool of qualified professionals for any given opportunity is likely to be homogenous given the relative lack of diversity in the cybersecurity field.
Inclusion provides a multidimensional solution to the workforce shortage. On one hand, an inclusive workforce is accompanied by diversity of thought, enabling organizations to navigate the rapidly evolving threat landscape more effectively. On the other hand, optimizing an inclusive strategy simply means broadening the talent base to include more professionals. This can be accomplished by a) Upscaling resources operating in another function, such as IT or engineering; b) Diminishing reliance on certifications and four-year degrees as major indicators of competency; and c) Investing in apprenticeship programs to bridge the gap.
Together, WB&B and National CyberWatch Center pledged a scholarship to support cybersecurity training for ambitious professionals who have been unable to afford the high costs of entry. Each time a client partners with this coalition to meet immediate needs, they’re investing in the future of the cyber workforce. Cybersecurity is not just a competitive advantage, it’s also a public good. Innovative solutions-coupling talent acquisition with assessment, training and development–are needed to ensure enough experts are around to secure the future.
About National CyberWatch Center:
National CyberWatch Center is a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education-funded cybersecurity consortium working to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national workforce. Since 2005, National CyberWatch Center has played a key role in developing, promoting and providing cybersecurity education solutions nationally. To learn more, visit https://www.nationalcyberwatch.org.
About WB&B Executive Search:
WB&B Executive Search is the nation’s leading minority-owned search firm. They set the industry standard through a long-term commitment to diverse and inclusive slates of top tier talent for clients. WB&B’s exceptional record of diversity and innovation achievement has been recognized by The White House, FORTUNE, The Wall Street Journal, CRAIN’S, and The Conference Board.
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