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World Economic Forum: “Why Cybersecurity Needs a More Diverse and Inclusive Workforce.”


This October 2021 article published by the World Economic Forum discusses the problems related to a lack of diversity in cybersecurity and the solutions which come from recognizing the crucial need for curious minds and differing problem-solving abilities.


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 Four: The Big Mistake. This chapter works through the problems created when managers hire for “fit” and then goes on to describe the crucial differences between a personality profile and behavioral characteristics. But most important, Chapter Four reiterates that diversity is no longer just a moral imperative; diversity is the only way to avoid the groupthink which leads to weak cybersecurity teams and poor security outcomes. 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 Bill Brennan Vice President, Cybersecurity Risk Management at Leidos. Bill’s contribution to Can. Trust. Will.: Hiring for the Human Element in the New Age of Cybersecurity centers around the importance of diversity, particularly diversity of thought and approach to problems, in building high performance cybersecurity teams.


One of the things Bill told us was: “You want to build a high-performance team? Take somebody who grew up in the West Country in the UK with someone who's from Detroit, someone who's from Houston and DC and New York, and Melbourne, Australia, and watch them go solve a problem. So many different ways to attack it, and it's in who they are. It’s the gray matter they were brought up with, that's how they were constructed, and I can't teach that.” 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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