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Certifications Alone Do Not Correlate To Good Cybersecurity Hiring Outcomes


The debate over cybersecurity certifications has been going on for quite a while. This article by Dark Reading discusses how cybersecurity certifications have a role to play in cybersecurity hiring processes, but it also describes the real risks of relying just on certifications to the exclusion of everything else. It’s well worth the time to read!


Now available for presale on Amazon, Can. Trust. Will.: Hiring for the Human Element in the New Age of Cybersecurity is packed with insights into solving the cybersecurity hiring crisis including Chapter Three: Finding the Right Candidates. This chapter addresses the daunting challenge of finding candidates who have the technical skills hiring managers are looking for today. It also includes tips and strategies for setting up recruitment systems which go beyond skills to effectively filter candidates pools for behavioral characteristics which correlate to success in specific job roles. Also included are insightful commentary from CIOs, CISOs, Talent Recruiters, Cybersecurity Professional Service Providers, Consultants, Private Sector Attorneys, Academics and U.S. Government Officials.


Today’s highlight is the contribution from Austin Berglas, Global Head of Professional Services at BlueVoyant. Austin’s contribution to Can. Trust. Will.: Hiring for the Human Element in the New Age of Cybersecurity centered around the importance of practical experience and how a learning mindset correlates to high performance in cybersecurity.


One of the things Austin told us was: “I'm way more interested in your experience over certifications, and I'm way more interested in whether they're a fit for the team before certifications. Because the way I look at it is, if I get an individual, and hire an individual, who is phenomenal, wants to learn a lot, has some great experience, but needs a couple certifications, I'll pay that money and have that person certified.” We agree!


Here’s a bit more about the Can. Trust. Will.® System.


Building a successful cybersecurity team is no longer optional. Cyberthreats evolve at a staggering pace, and effective cybersecurity operations depend on successful teams. Unfortunately, statistics continue to illustrate that employers are not finding the people they need. The Can. Trust. Will.® System guides the C-Suite, HR professionals and talent acquisition to build unbeatable cybersecurity teams through advanced hiring processes and focused on-boarding programs. Additionally, this book details how successful cybersecurity ecosystems are best built and sustained, with expert analysis from high- level government officials, Fortune 500 CSOs and CISOs, risk managers, and even a few techies. Those already in the field (and newbies) will glean invaluable knowledge about how to find their most effective position within a cybersecurity ecosystem. In a tech-driven environment, cybersecurity is fundamentally a human problem: and the first step is to hire for the human element.


Don’t miss out on Can. Trust. Will. Hiring for the Human Element in the New Age of Cybersecurity. Pre-order on Amazon today!

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