Gartner Research

Hiring the Right Talent to Run Your Security Awareness Program

Published: 30 April 2019

ID: G00348304

Analyst(s): Sam Olyaei , Joanna Huisman


Security awareness programs are often led by security practitioners who do not have the experience or expertise required to manage employee education. Security and risk management leaders should adjust hiring practices to select candidates with the appropriate skill sets for this critical function.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Partner Across the Organization to Pick Up Key Influencers and Talent for the Team
  • Drive Behavior Change by Hiring Talent With Background in Learning and Development, and Strong Competency in Marketing and Communications
  • Select Strong Candidates by Authoring a Job Description With a Strong Overview of Roles and Responsibilities, and the Required Experience and Attributes
    • Criteria for Candidates
    • Example Job Description for an Information Security Awareness Lead

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