Talent and training in cyber: Stop looking for the perfect candidate

November 16, 2016

The Advanced Cyber Security Center held a breakout session on talent and training at its Annual Conference November 3 at the Boston Federal Reserve Bank.

Moderator:
Janet Levesque, Chief Information Security Officer, RSA

Panelists:
Mark Aiello, President Cyber 360 Inc.
Carla Brodley, Professor and Dean, College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University
Devon Bryan, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Federal Reserve System

Key Themes:

A staggering number of openings in the field are predicted, as cybersecurity positions grow three times faster than any other IT profession.

Companies lose potential talent because of overly strict job descriptions.
Hiring managers should “instruct HR to interview those who meet broad requirements, and if they have the right attitude, hire them,” said Cyber 360’s Mark Aiello.

Critical thinking and writing skills are increasingly important.
Writing and communication skills are critical in this space,” said Devon Bryan of the Federal Reserve System.

Many companies have internal talent that remains untapped.
“Much of what we do from a talent pipeline is focused outside in,” said Bryan.

Universities are creating more pathways for students without conventional credentials to enter cybersecurity.
"Northeastern has a program that provides people with humanities to enter computer science through its ALIGN program," said Carla Brodley of NU.

A college degree or certifications aren’t a must-have to enter the field.
But one needs certifications to move up in the field.