Tips For Cultivating and Training Your Next Cyber Security Employee

By Isaac Kohen

Let’s face it, the skills gap for cybersecurity professionals is only growing larger year by year. It’s becoming tougher and tougher for organizations to find skilled people who can professionally handle the enormous task at hand of securing your organization. Does this mean that you have to leave yourself vulnerable to malicious hackers and cyber criminals because you cannot find anyone? Of course not, it’s possible to train someone who is already part of your organization to become your next cybersecurity expert. How this is achieved will vary depending on your organization’s cybersecurity planning capabilities. Here are some tips to deploy for cultivating and training your next cybersecurity expert.

Preparation: Cyber Security Workforce Readiness

Before you begin attempting to train a cyber security expert, it’s important to understand what your needs are in a cyber security expert. If your organization has little to no established processes and a lack of guidance for the cyber security professional or methods, you may need to train someone who will structure and lead the cyber security force. If your organization has some processes established and some infrastructure and funds allocated for cyber security, then training can be for less managerial roles. If your organization has fully developed processes, planning, guidance, and clear division of labor then cyber security training can be done to the task level or to any tier of work required. You can answer the following questions to understand if your business is capable of supporting planning for a cyber security workforce.

  1. Processes: Do you have an established process(es) for consistently identifying the needs and risks in your cyber security workforce? Is there a common workforce planning model, data analysis, and reporting structure?
  2. Strategy: Is there a shared vision, governance model, and performance incentives in place between the business and the cyber security department? Are requirements for the business and the cyber security team understood?
  3. Infrastructure: Is there a healthy amount of human capital, collaborative culture, and technology available to support the present and future needs of the cyber security team?

Planning: Cybersecurity Team Skill Needs

After having an understanding of your organization’s cyber security planning capabilities it’s recommended to establish a baseline of your current cyber security team. If you have none then use the following as a guide for what to build towards. High performing cyber security teams generally have the following characteristics:

  1. Agile: Can the team respond swiftly to any attacks or indicators that emerge at anytime?
  2. Multifunctional: How diverse is the team’s range of skills, knowledge, and abilities?
  3. Dynamic: How fast and effectively can the team adopt new skills and methods to maintain security of the systems they are defending?
  4. Flexible: Can the team quickly change priorities for the day if required?
  5. Informal: Does the team work well under an informal structure where hours are flexible and they adjust scheduling to continuously achieve their mission?

Your assessment will likely be a qualitative one, answering these questions and categorizing both the soft and hard skills required for the job will help you understand what is needed for an effective cyber security expert Go to the full article.

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