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The top 3 things cybersecurity talent look for in a company
As Singapore prepares itself to ride the digital wave, the talent requirements within the local market are shifting from traditional technical skills towards emerging technologies and the ability to handle threats that come along with the need for companies to go digital.
This technological evolution has led to an exponential increase in the demand for cybersecurity professionals in an attempt for organisations to abide by the Cybersecurity Act and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) regulations, in addition to ensuring complete online security of their companies.
As such companies are heavily focused on finding the rightly skilled cybersecurity professionals and with the increase in the number of these roles, professionals with such skills are looking beyond offered remuneration to entice them to make the job switch.
Based on our experience in the cybersecurity talent search for our clients, we have highlighted the top three findings of what such professionals look for in their next employment opportunity.
1. Employer’s tech stack
A key factor influencing cybersecurity professional’s decision to accept or reject an employment offer is the technology stack implemented by the employer. Candidates are increasingly enquiring about the technology stack of potential employers even before permitting recruiters to represent their candidature for job opportunities. Employers with very traditional technology landscapes struggle to attract talented cybersecurity professionals, as it is tougher to secure a network that’s based on legacy system than networks that are using latest technologies. The usage of old systems is also seen as an indicator of an employer’s commitment to technology as a business partnering function as opposed to being a cost centre.
2. An employer’s commitment, spend and strategy to tackle cyber threats
While cybersecurity tends to be the most discussed topic in boardrooms, the organisation’s commitment in terms of their spend and strategy seems to be the most commonly asked questions in an interview. The innovation and creativity faced in cyber threats in today’s day & age requires constant enhancement of tools and technical support to tackle them. The pace of change can only be efficiently handled by organisations that have invested time, money and efforts. Thus, making the organisation commitment to tackle cyber threats the most lucrative factor for job seekers.
3. Training and upskilling opportunities
With the changing technology landscape, it is essential for such professionals to keep themselves abreast with the latest trends and seek implementation experience of these tools to ensure their skills are not rusted. And such opportunities come from employment with companies that treat cybersecurity with equal weightage as cost savings.
Strengthening the existing networks and successfully tackling threats from cyber attacks is a key agenda item for most business leaders. This can only be achieved in partnership with committed cyber security professionals. For organisations to attract such talent, a mindset shift is required. Firms need to treat this function as a business partnering function versus considering it as a cost function. These professionals can determine the success of a firm in the digital world.