Talent? You Wouldn't Know Talent If.....
If you ever want to get Mary on a rant…. and it doesn’t takes much…. ask me about the talent shortage in the cyber security field. Go ahead…. are you ready?
You will have to listen to me rant about the shortage of women and minority representation, you will hear me talking about the sheer numbers of folks that leave the industry because of corporate culture, you will hear me talk about a colleague of mind who said “You know if you train them, you are only training them to leave?” Huh? So not only am I not supposed to train my staff, I am supposed to think that I can poach all the talent I need to build a sustainable security program? Good luck with that!
So what is the answer? Despite my very knowledgeable colleague, if you actually invest in you talent, you actually create loyalty. Most young professionals actually want organizations to help them become better at their jobs, actually let them try different things, invest in them and they will feel appreciated. Create a curriculum that individuals can follow to excel at their roles and progress in their careers, both technical and non-technical.
Also, take a look at your culture, if you have no minorities or women in your organization you have a much bigger problem than the “talent gap” it is a cultural issue that needs to be fixed if you ever want to fill all of your positions.
Ok. Talent rant over.