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Unconventional Backgrounds Strengthen Cybersecurity Teams according to 2020 article in Dark Reading.


Dark Reading published a piece in 2020 titled How Unconventional Professional Backgrounds Can Strengthen a Cybersecurity Team. Looking at career and personal growth trajectories which are outside standard cyber/IT professional development models is crucial to building high performance cybersecurity teams.


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 Five: Hiring the Right Cybersecurity Role Behaviors. This chapter discusses how having a broad range of backgrounds is crucial to successful cybersecurity hiring. 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 Alexi Michaels, Trainer/Developer at Cellebrite. Alexi’s contribution to Can. Trust. Will.: Hiring for the Human Element in the New Age of Cybersecurity was the unique perspectives new entrants bring to the cybersecurity landscape.


One of the things Alexi told us was: “[S]ince starting (my new job), I have already contributed so many new suggestions to make programs better - which no one has yet brought to the table. And I think that is because, as a "newer" examiner, I have different views on examinations compared to the senior examiner who has been doing investigations the same way with the same tools for as long as he or she can remember. Now a lot of people rely on their tools to find the answers for them, and in my college courses we didn't just learn about how to use the top tools, but we learned how to do an investigation without the tools.” 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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