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Rethinking Security Talent for the Digital Era

Published: 15 July 2018

ID: G00355928

Analyst(s): Information Risk Research Team


Information Security must rethink its approach to talent for the digital era. Leading CISOs are building "unicorn" teams to expand the talent pool, finding indirect ways to meet existing demand, and maintaining close oversight of the entire talent selection process.

Table Of Contents

Talent Challenges Introduced by Digitization

1. Digitization Requires New Security Roles and Skills

2. It’s Even More Difficult to Hire and Retain Security Staff

3. Demand for Security Expertise Is Exceeding Capacity in Many Enterprises

Rethink Security’s Approach to Talent

Insight 1: Build Unicorn Teams, Not Unicorn Individuals

The Shortcomings of Role-Based Talent Management

Build Unicorn Teams by Defining a Complete Set of Security Skills and Competencies

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Insight 2: Fulfill Security Activities Without Externally Hiring New Talent

Insight 3: Talent Management Is Security’s Job, Not HR’s


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