Recruitment in Cybersecurity during the pandemic

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The complexity of managing the pandemic reinforced the importance of cybersecurity, a major issue already facing the world before the pandemic. The need for business continuity and the rise of work from home brought cyber security to the forefront.  Stratospheric efforts were therefore put in place to protect various stakeholders during the pandemic. Threats were largely eradicated by the cyber security teams.  Nevertheless, this trend has led to an unprecedented demand for professionals in the field, making the shortage of cybertalent a most significant challenge.


Recruitment and Cybersecurity

As said above, we are facing a penury of cyber security talent.

By 2022, there will be nearly 1.8 million vacancies in cyber security, according to a US study by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education (Center) and (ISC) ².

The increase in cyber risks is such that existing cybersecurity teams are finding it very difficult to keep pace. One thing is certain: technology does not discard the need for human experts.

Thus, cybersecurity raises issues such as the shortage of cyber experts in the face of ever-increasing needs. In addition, this sector is experiencing real difficulties in attracting and retaining talent and training experts.

These problems are accompanied by several obstacles, such as stereotypes, little-known training courses and a lack of diversity: making the world of cybersecurity more accessible and inclusive could change the situation and promote the field of cybersecurity.


Financial sector and Cybersecurity

Most players in the financial services sector are also faced with a real shortage of talent in cybersecurity.

Yet, the financial sector remains one of the most appealing targets. Threats and attacks on financial institutions are increasing due to the growing demand for digitisation, online services and applications, as well as the move towards teleworking.

Thus, the recruitment and retention of cybersecurity professionals, combining technical, analytical and non-technical skills, remain persistent challenges. Nevertheless, these talents do exist and we have the ability to find them!

Focus on Switzerland

As in several European countries, cybersecurity has become a major issue in Switzerland where there is also a shortage of talent.

Switzerland is very efficient in the area of cyber security due to its excellent Internet infrastructure, but also due to its limited cybersecurity regulations and the availability of highly specialised engineers. The country also has assets such as “neutrality, legal security and political stability, which are also invaluable in the area of cyber security. Moreover, last month the Federal Council decided to create 20 new posts to implement the national cyber security strategy for 2020 to 2022.”

In addition, a large number of international companies choose Switzerland as a preferred location for their regional data centres. Indeed, many organisations, such as “the Internet Society, Internet Governance, Forum (IGF), Diplo Foundation, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), ICT4Peace, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the WEF Cyber Security Centre, are located here because of the country’s security.”

Cyber professions

Among the most sought-after profiles, the RSSI (Chief Information Security Officer) function is in high demand.  “It is similar to that of a Risk Manager, who, in addition to having managerial skills, must also have technical, legal and communication skills”. But also, the Security Project Manager, Cryptologist, Cyber Security Consultant and many others.

In these complicated times, we at Edouard Franklin are ready to take up the challenge. Thanks to our know-how and our network, we will optimise your cyber security recruitment. We know how to analyse candidates’ profiles precisely in order to quickly present you with profiles adapted to your needs. Beyond the technical criteria, soft skills are to be considered. Indeed, a cyber specialist must have a high level of ethics and a certain empathy. He or she must succeed in creating a climate of trust in a constantly tense environment.