Hiring scarce security talent: 8 secrets to working with recruiters

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Alex Holden has a problem that plagues most other CISOs: he’s virtually all the time brief staffed and trying to hire.

Holden, CISO at Hold Security LLC, says he’s sometimes trying to fill several positions, because of openings created by both enlargement and common turnover; late final yr, he was hiring for eight slots.

“I don’t keep in mind a time once we weren’t in search of info safety professionals; in search of talent is an ongoing exercise,” Holden says.

Though many CISOs resist using recruiters as a result of costs and other considerations, Holden says he typically turns to recruiters to help him find prime candidates. He says recruiters are notably useful assets when he’s in search of highly specialised talent or expertise which might be in exceedingly excessive demand.

“Until you’re selling from inside, it’s very troublesome to seek out these individuals, so we glance to recruiters who have connections and extra entry to the market to usher in those candidates,” Holden says.

The 2019 State of Cybersecurity report from ISACA, an IT governance group, quantifies the degree of problem that many CISOs have hiring, with 58% of respondents saying their organizations have unfilled cybersecurity positions. A third of respondents say it takes six months or more to fill these open positions. In the meantime, ISACA in its Tech Workforce 2020 Survey that 70% of tech execs would contemplate altering jobs inside the next two years and are thought-about “in play” for being recruited.

The exceedingly tight marketplace for cybersecurity talent is forcing many CISOs to put extra effort into hiring, which is part of what pushes Holden to work with recruiters. Holden, nevertheless, says recruiters can supply extra worth than compiling resumes. He says recruiters, when treated like partners, will help maximize the returns on the investment that he and his company make in hiring whereas also offering insights into market tendencies.

Others supply the same statement, however they, like Holden, say CISOs have to cultivate that partnership to get that greatest worth from their recruiters. Right here’s what they say it takes to make the most out of working with recruiters.