Cybersecurity Training: What CISOs Must Do to Mitigate Talent Churn

Cybersecurity training and development may not be enough to recruit and retain top talent. Today’s talent landscape is incredibly competitive, which makes it difficult not only to recruit talented professionals but also to retain them.

To retain security professionals and keep them from going elsewhere, Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) should be doing more than providing cybersecurity training and financial incentives. CISOs need to seek out software solutions that enable their staff to identify, resolve and prevent attacks.

A recent study commissioned by McAfee concluded that 89% of cybersecurity professionals would consider leaving their roles if offered the right types of incentives. The survey also states that a key factor in the recruitment and retention of cybersecurity staff is the type of work they prefer to engage in. According to the report, the activities that provide the greatest level of enjoyment are threat hunting/finding vulnerabilities (55%), resolving threats (55%), and preventing threats that enter the network (54%). While easily automated tasks like log monitoring (30%) and policy enforcement (30%) are likely to bore talented security professionals, CISOs who are looking to align with McAfee’s findings and address all of these issues should seriously consider a unified security solution.

Unified security solutions like 5nine Cloud Security have the potential not only to automate redundant tasks but also to empower administrators to solve for more strategic security activities, such as threat detection and remediation. Opposed to point solutions that only address one security task at a time, unified security solutions contain the functionality of multiple point solutions within the context of a single platform. In the case of 5nine Cloud Security, the platform includes the fundamental building blocks for vulnerability hunting (anomaly/intrusion detection), threat resolution (malware scanning/remediation) and threat prevention (virtual firewall configuration). Thus, unified solutions like 5nine Cloud Security can be used as a primary recruitment and retention tool for talented cybersecurity professionals.

Another report conducted by market research firm, Vanson Bourne, surveyed 300 senior security managers and 650 security professionals in public-sector and private-sector organizations with 500 or more employees in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Singapore, Australia and Japan. Some 84 percent of the respondents said they find it hard to locate and hire highly-skilled talent, and only about one-fifth of them said their organizations offer incentives such as cybersecurity training opportunities. Although training is a proven method to help staff stay up-to-date on technologies and trends, it can become very expensive at scale. Hence, more and more CISOs are seeking out intuitive user interfaces to help manage costs. To help mitigate the ramifications of churn, unified solutions like 5nine Cloud Security are designed for intuition, simplicity and ease-of-use. With 5nine Cloud Security, a team member of nearly any skill level can accomplish even the most complicated tasks.

For more information about how 5nine Cloud Security can mitigate risks while improving retention and recruitment, visit our product overview page. If you’d like to see firsthand how 5nine Cloud Security works, you can request a demo here.

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Robert Corradini is a three-time Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter MVP with over 20 years of experience managing cloud and datacenter technologies. He is currently the Director of Product Management at 5nine and focuses on bringing world-class cloud security and management solutions to market.

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