Close the InfoSec Skills Gap: Develop a Technical Skills Sourcing Plan

Systematically source the skills your organization needs.

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Without a cybersecurity workforce skills strategy, your organization will inevitably suffer negative consequences such as employee burnout, an inability to combat against the evolving threat landscape, and difficulties in employee recruitment and retention.

  • One in three security professionals say a skills shortage makes their organization a more desirable hacking target (ESG, 2017).
  • One in four security professionals say their organizations have lost proprietary data as a result of their cybersecurity skills gap (ESP, 2017).
  • The top contributors to security events are a lack of adequate training for non-technical employees and a lack of cybersecurity human resource capacity to support the size of the organization (ESG, 2017).

Having a cybersecurity workforce skills strategy will enable you to identify skill gaps proactively and thereby reduce risk to the overall organization.

  • Align your workforce skills to your security roadmap so that your initiatives can be carried out to their full potential. After all, your workforce is behind the management and maintenance of your technology.
  • This research will walk you through identifying skill gaps that exist in your organization reflective of your security roadmap and educating you on a systematic method for acquiring the needed skills in your workforce.

Module 1: Identify Skill Needs for Target State

The Purpose

  • Determine the skills needed in your workforce and align them to your organization’s security roadmap.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Insight on what skills your organization will need in the future.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Understand the importance of aligning security initiatives skill needs with workforce requirements.
1.2 Identify needed skills for future initiatives.
  • Security Initiative Skills Guide
1.3 Prioritize the initiative skill gaps.
  • Skills Gap Prioritization Tool

Module 2: Define Technical Skill Requirements

The Purpose

  • Identify and create technical skill requirements for key work roles that are needed to successfully execute future initiatives.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Increased understanding of the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.
  • Standardization of technical skill requirements of current and future work roles.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Assign work roles to the needs of your future environment.
  • Skills Gap Prioritization Tool
2.2 Discuss the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.
2.3 Develop technical skill requirements for current and future work roles.
  • Technical Skills Workbook
  • Current Workforce Skills Assessment

Module 3: Acquire Technical Skills

The Purpose

  • Assess your current workforce against their role’s skill requirements.
  • Discuss five key factors that aid acquiring skills.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A method to acquire skills in future roles.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Continue developing technical skill requirements for current and future work roles.
  • Technical Skills Workbook
  • Current Workforce Skills Assessment
3.2 Conduct Current Workforce Skills Assessment.
  • Current Workforce Skills Assessment
3.3 Discuss methods of acquiring skills.
  • Technical Skills Workbook
  • Current Workforce Skills Assessment
3.4 Develop a plan to acquire skills.
  • Technical Skills Workbook
  • Current Workforce Skills Assessment

Module 4: Plan to Execute Action Plan

The Purpose

  • Assist with communicating the state of the skill gap in your organization.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Strategy on how to acquire skills needs of the organization.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Review skills acquisition plan.
  • Technical Skills Workbook
4.2 Discuss training and certification opportunities for staff.
4.3 Discuss next steps for closing the skills gap.
4.4 Debrief.

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