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SANS Institute Discusses Roadmap for Cybersecurity Beginners

This SANS Institute article from January 2021 addresses the question: “What if I have no experience in computing or IT but would like to gain the skills necessary to begin a career in cybersecurity?” Their answer is worth reading by anyone considering a career in cyber and by hiring managers looking for good candidates.

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 Two: An Overview of Can - Trust - Will. After introducing the Can. Trust. Will.® System this chapter addresses the importance of assessing candidates correctly using the “Failure-Coachable, Failure-Non-Coachable, & Success parameters. One of the key takeaways is to understand the potential of candidates who are Failure-Coachable because these are the learners in your hiring pipeline. This book also includes 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 Martin Durst Senior IT Support Specialist at Drexel University's Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Martin’s contribution to Can. Trust. Will.: Hiring for the Human Element in the New Age of Cybersecurity centers around how IT has changed and the importance of recognizing the different ways people learn.

One of the things Martin told us was: “For a while, IT administrators didn't really have to do customer service because they just had to be in the background, and work on servers and whatnot; it was expected for IT people to be anti-social - but that's not how it is anymore. A lot of people have different ways of learning; myself - you tell me, or show me, 1,000 times - I just might not get it until I actually do it. I think hands-on experience is important.” 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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