Professional Certifications & Continuous Training , Recruitment & Reskilling Strategy , Training & Security Leadership

ISC2/CIISec Tips on Recruitment, Retention in Cybersecurity

Amanda Finch, Dwan Jones on Skills Gap, Diverse Hiring, AI, CISO Criminal Liability
Dwan Jones, director of diversity, equity and inclusion, ISC2 and Amanda Finch, CEO, Chartered Institute of Information Security - CIISec

The cybersecurity skills gap has reached 4 million globally. Only by taking a more innovative approach to identifying, recruiting and retaining candidates from the widest pools of talent can we meet this growing demand, says a new guide from ISC2 and CIISec.

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Dwan Jones, director of diversity, equity and inclusion at ISC2, and Amanda Finch, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Information Security say employers must look beyond traditional job portals, hire based on transferable and nontechnical skills and provide a comprehensive onboarding process. They should also conduct continuous training and mentoring, provide a supportive environment to prevent burnout, and be prepared to offer salary increases, particularly early on to avoid job hopping as skills increase.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at Infosecurity Europe 2024, Jones and Finch also discussed:

  • Counteracting the deterrent impact of potential criminal liability for CISOs;
  • Whether AI will take jobs or create opportunities in cybersecurity;
  • Whether or not qualifications are needed in cybersecurity.

Jones has 22 years of experience developing and leading comprehensive strategies to engage multicultural audiences. She develops and leads ISC2's internal and external strategic initiatives to foster a more diverse and inclusive cyber profession across the globe.

Finch has specialized in information security management since 1991 and is dedicated to gaining recognition for the discipline as a profession. In her current role, she works with industry, government and academia, assisting all sectors in raising levels of competency and education. She is a fellow of the BCS.

About the Author

Tony Morbin

Tony Morbin

Executive News Editor, EU

Morbin is a veteran cybersecurity and tech journalist, editor, publisher and presenter working exclusively in cybersecurity for the past decade – at ISMG, SC Magazine and IT Sec Guru. He previously covered computing, finance, risk, electronic payments, telecoms, broadband and computing, including at the Financial Times. Morbin spent seven years as an editor in the Middle East and worked on ventures covering Hong Kong and Ukraine.

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