Thought leadership and updates from the world of recruitment in cyber

Truth Sells. How honest are you with recruiters?

Uploaded: January 14, 2019
How honest are you with recruiters? This is a question for both hiring managers and job candidates. As you can see from my previous posts, I understand poorly skilled recruiters are abundant in the workforce today. However, you won’t know for sure if your recruiter is good unless you’re transparent with them when they ask […]
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Five Wise Owl Cybersecurity Workforce Predictions

Uploaded: January 10, 2019
Hi friends, A new year is upon us and many people have been asking for my insight into the 2019 cybersecurity job market. Unfortunately, talent acquisition and retention statistics did not improve in 2018 and I do not see them improving in 2019. Job searching is broken and our industry lacks succession planning. We will […]
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Wise Owl Tip: Love In The Workplace?

Uploaded: September 14, 2018
Hello Friends, I have a question for you: What do you think about love in the workplace? What did your brain first think when you read the above question? My gut tells me that one of these three responses went through your head: No way! Yes, please! What kind of question is that? Of course not! Well, […]
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Wise Owl Tip: Job Seekers—Tired Of Not Hearing Back?

Uploaded: July 23, 2018
Hello, cybersecurity friends. I have learned from talking with you that all too often, as job seekers, you are finding yourselves in conversations with hiring managers and recruiters—internal or external—who say they will get back to you, but never do! According to what CyberSN hears from job seekers, 60% of these conversations end in ambiguity and […]
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Is Your Team Set Up for Success at Events?

Uploaded: July 18, 2018
I hope you can attend Coffee and Conversation on Thursday July 26 from 12-1pm EST as I join the Meet team to discuss: PREPARING YOUR TEAM: Set Up for Success at Trade Shows and In-Person Events Register here! Team preparation and training is one of the most often overlooked keys to trade show and in-person […]
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Be a Change Agent in Cybersecurity!

Uploaded: June 27, 2018
Cybersecurity friends, This article about our conference cultures, scores us all very low on accountability to our human behavior at business events. We have many, very serious, life-altering problems to solve in this world and specifically in cybersecurity. This problem of poor behavior can’t remain a problem for us; we are all too smart to not […]
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Wise Owl Tip: Are You Sure You Know How To Make Agreements?

Uploaded: May 6, 2018
Agreements are tricky. In fact, most agreements are disguised as roles, responsibilities, expectations, goals and/or projects. It’s no wonder that we have such difficulty making and honoring agreements: we aren’t looking at them as agreements. For many years now, I have found that every time I am coaching someone or a group of people through […]
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Cybersecurity Hiring Crisis Fueled by Lackluster Salaries

Uploaded: January 2, 2018
While demand for top flight cyber talent is hotter than ever, top line recruitment is often hindered by outdated and uninspired compensation planning. Let’s go inside the latest report findings from cybersecurity search firm CyberSN. -This story was featured on on January 3, 2018 – Authors: Scott A. Scanlon Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing […]
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Salary Caps Threaten National Security

Uploaded: December 6, 2017
Quibbling over dollars leaves jobs unfilled and companies at risk Originally published on Medium [story no longer exists], this interview was conducted in November 2017 to explore the “CyberSN Research Study: The Cyber Security Hiring Crisis” in more detail. Read on to learn more about our findings on if salary caps threaten national security. Author – Kacy Zurkus, […]
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The Cybersecurity Hiring Crisis

Uploaded: October 11, 2017
View our research study Friends, our lack of real-time salary data and our poor hiring practices are causing unnecessary stress and productivity breakdown. The cybersecurity talent shortage is not an excuse for unfilled positions. CyberSN has performed thousands of searches and compiled valuable data that shows why jobs go unfilled for reasons beyond the talent […]
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Equifax Breach: What No One Is Talking About!

Uploaded: September 18, 2017
My friends: are we really going to claim the Equifax CISO is to blame because she’s a woman or because she has a degree in music? Let’s have a closer look. I see the Equifax breach as being caused by unfilled cybersecurity jobs. When I looked on September 15th, 2017; Equifax had 17 cyber security […]
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How Will Changes to the Equal Pay Laws Effect You?

Uploaded: August 8, 2017
Cyber friends, Join us on September 6th, from 12:30-1:30pm EST for an informative webinar as we discuss employer and job seekers rights and have a conversation about the evolving Equal Pay Act laws. In 2018, changes to the laws will take effect and have a deep impact on hiring, staffing, recruiting, job hunting and salary negotiations. Please RSVP today and […]
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We Need a New Approach to Hiring

Uploaded: July 9, 2017
When Gary Hayslip, the CISO for Webroot, Co-Author of The CISO Desk Reference Guide, and a highly valued and trusted leader in the security industry asked for my input on his article, I told him I would be more than happy to share my thoughts. I have a lot to say on this subject after 19 years […]
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Speak Up, Speak Out

Uploaded: February 23, 2017
This past weekend Susan Fowler, a former engineer at Uber, published her blog describing repeated gender discrimination by her department’s leadership and Uber’s HR department. Susan’s blog can be found here. As she put it, her “situation was escalated as far up the chain as it could be escalated, and still nothing was done”. This is […]
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Diversity at RSA

Uploaded: February 24, 2016
It’s going to be a great year for diversity at RSA Conference 2016! Several crowd sourced sessions and speaker topics are scheduled which will prompt discussions around the issue of the lack women in tech and cybersecurity. These topics, along with groups and panels, seem to show that this issue is going mainstream at #RSAC […]
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Recruiters Reputations Soured

Uploaded: February 4, 2015
It’s been eight years since I last built a technical staffing agency, and boy, have the past six months of building CyberSN shown me how much things have changed. For me, the most interesting change I’ve experienced while building CyberSN is just how much the recruiting industry’s positive reputation has turned negative. In my days […]
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