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The Real Problems in Cybersecurity are People Problems, says TechTarget & Principal Logic

This post by TechTarget has some great observations about how the key to solving cybersecurity challenges is found in people skills rather than in technical skills. It’s by Kevin Beaver of Principal Logic, LLC and is 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 discusses how to identify behavioral characteristics which correlate to success in specific job roles and then use them to build your customized Can. Trust. Will.® candidate filtering process. 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 John Avenson, Senior Vice President of Technology for the Minnesota Twins. John’s contribution to Can. Trust. Will.: Hiring for the Human Element in the New Age of Cybersecurity centers around the importance of going beyond technical skill when hiring. He has an interesting take on behavioral characteristics and the “superpower” of curiosity.

One of the things John told us was: “If human beings have any superpower, it's curiosity. While we try to hire technology folks that meet our educational and skills focused job description requirements, we tend to put more emphasis on the traits and aptitudes a candidate can holistically offer. Does their curiosity drive a passion that looks for opportunity? Does their curiosity fuel a spirit to discover and innovate within a small team? We need to hire folks that leverage their curiosity to want to wear multiple technology hats while keeping their head on a business swivel. These kinds of hires are especially important for small or medium sized businesses who don’t have a specialized team working in an independent Cybersecurity Operations Center.” 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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