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August 2020, Vol. 21, No. 3

Develop internal cybersecurity talent to build your dream team

Cybersecurity is one of the hottest disciplines around. It's an open secret among enterprise technology organizations that they can't keep senior-level cybersecurity professionals around longer than a few months before they're hired away, usually with significant salary increases. While not as obvious, the characteristics of the ideal cybersecurity professional are changing, making hiring and retention even more challenging. Ten years ago, policy and networking were the two main paths to cybersecurity. Policy-based cybersecurity professionals started from a base of policy, program management and related disciplines: risk, risk management, compliance and the like. The focus and emphasis of this path was on understanding the foundational principles of cybersecurity without necessarily mastering each and every technical detail. The other path was via networking. Practitioners here typically started by managing firewalls and learned the detailed technical nuances of network-based cybersecurity often by gaining certifications from ...

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