In this blog - the third in our series addressing the cybersecurity career and hiring crisis - we introduce the CyberSN marketplace, the one-stop destination for all cybersecurity career and staffing needs. To learn more about the cybersecurity career crisis and how to solve it, check out our previous blogs

At CyberSN we recognize that both individuals and organizations need to be matched with the roles and professionals that best fit them, which is why we’ve developed a brand new solution. The CyberSN Marketplace unites confidential public profiles and organizations looking to hire cybersecurity professionals under one platform, providing them with no-cost access to the jobs, tools, information, and professional connections they need.

 

The CyberSN Marketplace: Career and Hiring Center

For Professionals - Career Center

In the Career Center, professionals create a confidential public profile rather than just uploading a resume, with their critical task and project experience as the main focus. Employers can then find them without the need for any individual to share their identity on a public platform. This allows professionals to connect with their choice of best-fit jobs without fear of reprisal or unconscious hiring biases, helping to promote diversity and inclusive behaviors within the hiring process.

Using their confidential public profiles, professionals can search and apply to jobs on the CyberSN platform, share jobs with their network, and ultimately let jobs apply to them. Employers are able to source individuals based on the unique task and project information in their job description, giving them the opportunity to reach out even to passive job seekers.

As well as increasing the chances of finding a best-fit job, the CyberSN profile is an effective way of assessing: skills to develop, past projects worked on, and potential training opportunities. Professionals can streamline their career development by using their profile for performance reviews, mapping which certifications they require, and negotiating salary increases. By empowering individuals to know their worth, CyberSN profiles give professionals more control over their career development. 

The CyberSN Career Center also allows professionals to browse CyberSN’s exclusive Job Taxonomy consisting of ten job categories and 45 functional cybersecurity roles, from executive management to analyst and everything in between. By using this Job Taxonomy, we provide easily searchable access to every cybersecurity job currently posted in the United States (at date of publication, this number was over 65,000 postings), streamlining the job search process for the professional. Our taxonomy also provides us with a common language of role titles to be used across the platform, allowing us to effectively match professionals with roles and streamline communications. 

 

For Hiring Teams - Hiring Center

The CyberSN Marketplace enhances CyberSN’s established agency staffing services. From our free job description builder to our full-service staffing offerings, our Hiring Center provides a better way to find and retain the right professionals for every role.

Tailored toward SEO and applicant tracking systems, our free job description builder uses the same common language as our CyberSN professionals’ profiles, categorized within our 10 role categories and 45 functionals roles to ensure quick and easy matching. Organizations can either create and export job descriptions for free or engage with CyberSN’s pool of engaged professionals by posting their jobs to our Marketplace. Professional profiles are then matched to the job based on the tasks and projects that they have completed and those that the role requires. 

Our Hiring Center is one of the only providers of comparable cybersecurity salary information, offering up-to-date data that helps organizations understand the market, craft better job descriptions, and communicate successfully with new hires. Certification mapping and career pathing provides the professional development tools needed to carry out annual reviews with existing staff and identify skills gaps within teams. By leveraging the Hiring Center’s resources, organizations are equipped to hire staff that love their job, improving retention and inspiring long-term changes to company culture. 

 

Provider Exchange 

The CyberSN Provider Exchange, part of our Marketplace, offers a directory of relevant training, products, and event resources for both cyber professionals and organizations. Products and services featured on the Provider Exchange range from diversity & inclusion solutions to hands-on training, penetration testing, professional services organizations, and more. Our entire community of cybersecurity professionals and organizations can access CyberSN’s Provider Exchange for free, making it a go-to catalog for any and all cybersecurity career needs. 

Joining the Provider Exchange puts your products and services in front of our ecosystem of engaged cybersecurity professionals, allowing us to come together in support of the industry with the resources required to collectively achieve success. You can find more information on joining the provider exchange here

 

The CyberSN Platform

The crown jewel of the new CyberSN Marketplace is the cybersecurity industry’s first ‘Deep Job Platform’. Our platform goes beyond simple job listings, providing products and features that complement all posted jobs and speak the language of cybersecurity. The platform organizes our 66,000+ jobs and 28,000+ professional profiles based on tasks and projects, classifying them into the ten job categories and 45 functional cybersecurity roles that make up our Job Taxonomy.

As well as making our jobs easily searchable and understandable, using the common language of our Job Taxonomy means that communication is smoother and more accessible. This is particularly important within cybersecurity, as it is a complex and ever-changing field. The CyberSN platform matches professionals to jobs based on their confidential public profile, so individuals are matched to roles based on what really matters -  their task and project experience - and nothing else.

 

Join the community

Our Marketplace is now the go-to network for jobs, career expertise, and resources for the cybersecurity industry. We see the cybersecurity hiring crisis as a matter of national security and consider it our mission to fix the broken job searching system that exists today.

With the launch of the Marketplace, CyberSN is providing all the tools and connections that are needed for any type of cyber professional to Pwn Their Career and for hiring firms to build their teams fast and to last. This means matching individuals with organizations effectively, ultimately boosting career satisfaction and improving employee retention. 

CyberSN and CyberForward by CISOSHARE have announced a partnership to provide trained junior cyber talent with work experience at affordable rates.

SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF. (Initially published via PRWEB on JULY 15, 2020)

CyberForward has created a program that takes underrepresented individuals to provide them with both practical and on-the-job-training for six months while CyberSN can offer their services full time to organizations looking to build a pipeline of qualified junior talent.

Hiring cyber talent in an environment where high turnover is common starts with retention. Cyber professionals are looking for opportunities for growth, which means having junior resources to provide coverage and relieve burnout that could overwhelm senior professionals.

CyberForward and CyberSN are filling this gap by providing trained junior cyber talent with work experience at affordable rates. Organizations can build a pipeline of talent for their teams without having to work with resources with limited work experience.

“While historically talent development has been solely on the shoulders of the developing professional, or unfortunately an individual sport. With CyberForward, we believe talent development as a team sport is the best path forward. This team-based approach is why we created a support system of mentors, community and cyber security partners that all work together throughout a participants journey,” says Mike Gentile, Founder, President, and CEO of CISOSHARE and Founder of CyberForward. “And we could not be happier with the addition of CyberSN as such a key and meaningful partner and member of the team for everyone involved from program participants to the organizations that need them.”

Deidre Diamond, Founder and CEO of CyberSN says “developing the skills needed to be valuable on a cybersecurity team takes hands on experience and time. Most cybersecurity teams don't have the budgets to hire junior talent and thus their Senior talent leaves from burnout. By partnering with CyberForward, CyberSN is able to offer our clients experienced Junior Talent at affordable rates.

About CyberForward by CISOSHARE

CyberForward is a multi-phase professional development program that first identifies individuals with aptitudes to be successful in cybersecurity, develops their skills with focused role-based training and a comprehensive support system, and then gets them into working jobs on the path to a livable wage. The program enables success by working with participants to remove common roadblocks such as housing, access to transportation, technology, or other financial limitations so they can focus on their skill development and a successful career in cybersecurity. Once participants finish the foundational cyber security training and interning phases, the program then places them directly into real work engagements through hiring organizations on 3-to 6-month engagements.

About CyberSN

CyberSN was founded in 2014 to address the challenges of job searching and hiring in the cybersecurity profession. Not long after, Founder and CEO Deidre Diamond (the first VP of Sales for Rapid7 [NYSE: RPD]) founded the non-profit organization Secure Diversity, to address the gender gap in the industry. Together, CyberSN and Secure Diversity have created a number of events and programs to bring new people into the infosec profession and reshape the idea of what it takes to be a cybersecurity practitioner. CyberSN believes that retention is a hiring strategy and programs like these can help to create more workplace happiness. To see more hiring strategies and the 45 Job Categories of Cybersecurity visit https://www.cybersn.com

About CISOSHARE

Based in Southern California and serving organizations everywhere, CISOSHARE is the leading provider of security program development, professional, and managed services for leading organizations around the world. Learning and teaching lies at the core of CISOSHARE's culture, focusing on educating employees and clients about information security through our services. We have served hundreds of organizations from, supplying dedicated security leaders to developing world-class security programs from the ground up. Find out more at https://cisoshare.com

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CyberSN and Mindlance Create One-Stop-Shop for Cybersecurity Talent

CyberSN and Mindlance are forming an Exclusive Strategic Partnership to provide a one-stop-shop for all cybersecurity staffing needs, including permanent, contract, contract-to-hire, consulting, and gig work positions.

BOSTONJuly 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ 

This partnership will expand both firms' services to include extensive coverage across the USA and Canada. Mindlance clients will be able to leverage CyberSN's cybersecurity expertise, specifically their international job and talent matching platform KnowMore, and their security subject matter experts, specialized recruiters, outreach efforts, training events, and diverse talent pool.

In speaking about choosing Mindlance as an exclusive Strategic Partner, CyberSN Founder and CEO Deidre Diamond said, "I searched for a strong IT Contracting Staffing Partner in December of 2019 and I met with numerous large IT staffing agencies. All of these agencies are struggling to provide cybersecurity talent. Choosing Mindlance as a Strategic Partner was an easy decision. Mindlance truly cares about their customers' happiness and for CyberSN this is at the top of the list for partner qualifications. Mindlance is an industry leader in IT contract services and together we will now be the leader in all Cybersecurity services."

Vik Kalra, Co-founder and Managing Director, Mindlance, speaking about the partnership with CyberSN, said, "CyberSN, along with its KnowMore platform, brings a unique solution to the cyber security talent ecosystem. This, coupled with the breadth of Mindlance IT customer and talent reach, will position us together as an industry leader in this space. Our customers and MSP partners have been asking for such depth of knowledge and talent base in niche hard-to-find technologies, and we are excited to be able to serve that need."

The partnership will combine CyberSN's vast and diverse network of cybersecurity professionals with the broad reach of Mindlance's customer base and the thousands of cybersecurity job openings that they represent. This will expose the cybersecurity field to thousands of new workers including Diversity & Inclusion job seekers.

About CyberSN 
Founded in 2014, CyberSN is solely focused on the cybersecurity talent industry serving as a trusted brand across the U.S. Recognized by their unique care and dedication to the cyber community; diversity and inclusion initiatives and KnowMoreTM  their cybersecurity job posting and talent matching platform, CyberSN is the leader in the industry. Learn more about CyberSN services, hiring strategies and the 45 Job Categories of Cybersecurity visit https://www.cybersn.com

About Mindlance
Mindlance was founded in 1999 and is a certified diversity business (MBE) with a wide-ranging service offering portfolio, which first began with contingent staffing. It grew swiftly to offer comprehensive workforce solutions that now include specialized staffing, diverse/under-represented talent-centric upskilling and incubation/acceleration services, along with what can be termed cost management-centric Pay+ services: Direct Sourcing, EoR/Payroll, IC Compliance and AoR.  Mindlance has been recognized as one of the largest US IT staffing firms, one of the consistently best performing partners to industry-leading MSP contingent programs, and has been on SIA's list of Fastest Growing US Staffing Firms for 9 years in a row. The Mindlance journey is about being forward thinking in a continually changing talent landscape while conducting business is a way that is inclusive, authentic and brings a mindful balance to the work ecosystem. To know more, please visit https://www.mindlance.com

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The SANS Technical Institute’s Holiday Hack Challenge is one of the most popular hacking contests in the world, with nearly 15,000 people vying for the chance to complete the objectives, sharpen and learn new cyber skills. . This year, CyberSN’s Cybersecurity Team, led by Cybersecurity Engineer Travis Deyarmin was one of only 375 participants out of the 14,912 people that entered to complete the 2019 Holiday Hack Challenge, and one of only 3030 to complete a report. Out of those who completed the challenge, Deyarmin was one of only 47 to earn a Super Honorable Mention. He was also a runner-up for Best Overall Answer for his well-received and comprehensive challenge write-up, which you can view here

What Is the Holiday Hack Challenge?

The SANS Holiday Hack Challenge, hosted by The Sans Technology Institute each December, aims to “bring security professionals, hobbyists, and hackers from around the world in a unique meeting of the minds” to help improve the state of cybersecurity. In 2018, the challenge became part of a new SANS online cybersecurity conference, KringleCon, a free event that also features presentations from leaders in the cybersecurity industry, sharing their tips, tricks, and best practices.

This holiday season, the event took on the festive name, “KringleCon 2: Turtle Doves,” a follow-up to last year’s KringleCon challenge. Each contestant was assigned an avatar and a badge they use to solve 10 objectives. The goal? To search the virtual Elf University, find Santa’s two prized turtle doves, find out who took the birds, and in the process, save Christmas. The contestant had to then formulate a write-up of how he or she solved the objectives by January 13. CyberSN’s write-up clearly shows visually and descriptively how each objective is solved. The write-up can be viewed here.

While Holiday Hack Challenges of the past focused on defending against a hack, this year, the challenge shifted to prioritized defense over offense challenges. “Attackers are getting better and faster,” SANS noted in its closing message. “We need better defense.”

To view the full list of challenge winners, go to holidayhackchallenge.com.

 

If you were at the RSA Conference 2020 this year in San Francisco, you may have caught Deidre Diamond’s presentation on talent exfiltration and the keys to retaining top cybersecurity employees. Deidre has appeared as a RSAC speaker in the past and this year was recognized by the event as a top rated speaker.

The recognition is reserved for only a handful of top individual or co-presenters who receive an attendee feedback score above a 4.3 (out of 5) at two or more conferences. It’s also evidence that Deidre’s take on the cybersecurity hiring process and worker retention is resonating with those in the industry. Like Deidre, many in cybersecurity believe the hiring process is broken and are looking for ways to make the process easier and less painful for both those hiring and those looking for a job. 

You can watch her presentation, “Talent Exfiltration: An Insider’s Guide to the Talent Attack Life Cycle” here, or check out Diamond’s key takeaways here.

 

 

Changing the Cybersecurity Industry

With more than 20 years leading technology and cybersecurity organizations, Deidre is considered a leader in the industry and is active in tackling issues that matter most to those in cyber. She founded CyberSN in 2014 with the goal of transforming employment searching and is also the founder of Secure Diversity. The organization aims to empower all genders, specifically women, to find career opportunities in cybersecurity.

Every year, the RSA Conference offers cyber professionals the opportunity to connect with their peers to gain the intelligence, insight, and connections needed to prepare for the future of the dynamic cybersecurity industry. This year will be no different, with hundreds of sessions available for you and your team to learn from the industry’s top experts.

Now that RSAC2020 is just weeks away, it’s time to start planning. With over 600 breakout sessions to choose from, it can be difficult to prioritize which you should attend. Don’t worry though. If you’re looking to maximize your exposure to the most disruptive thinking and cutting-edge solutions the cybersecurity industry has to offer, you’ve come to the right place. Here are five high-value presentations you must attend—check them out!  

1. She Speaks Security: Amp Up Your Impact

Speakers: Dr. Reem Al-Shammari, Joyce Brocaglia, Kelly Jackson Higgins, Alyssa Miller, Juliet Okafor, Bobbie Stempfley, and Lynn Terwoerds 

This session features seven women from around the globe who will share their powerful personal experiences about fighting to have their voices heard. Learn from their ups and downs and discover valuable techniques for self-improvement and conducting conversations with confidence. At the end of each speaker’s segment, tie it all together at table discussions and exercises designed to make you apply the skills you’ve just been taught.

You deserve to be heard. Head down to Moscone West February, 24 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. to empower your inner advocate! 

2. Personnel Management and Building Successful Cybersecurity Teams

Speakers: Steven Allen, Deidre Diamond, Lisset Diaz Cervantes, Malcolm Harkins, Rosanna Kurrer, Winn Schwartau, and Caroline Wong 

Diverse, impactful cybersecurity teams don’t assemble themselves. Pop in for this half-day seminar to learn from global figures—including CyberSN’s Founder and CEO, Deidre Diamond—how to build effective teams with talent from different generations, geographic backgrounds, and genders. This session is perfect for cybersecurity leaders who want to challenge their current hiring structure to promote a culture that embraces diversity and enhances cross-team communication.  

It’s time to fortify against talent exfiltration! Don’t miss this impressive panel of speakers in Moscone West February, 24 from 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.

3. Effective Leadership and Motivation: What It Took to Race Around the World

Speaker: Tracy Edward MBE

What similarities can be drawn between the cybersecurity industry and the world of sailing? Find out in this interactive session led by the captain of the Maiden, Tracy Edward MBE. 

Hear Tracy recount her grand adventure racing across the world’s oceans with an all-female crew. Drawing from her experiences, she’ll shed light on how to effectively guide teams towards realizing their full potential. 

Join the discussion February, 25 from 3:40 - 4:30 p.m. in Moscone South!  

4. Overcoming Candidate Skills and Diversity Gaps in Hiring

Speakers: Alyssa Miller

Finding qualified candidates to fill cybersecurity positions has never been tougher. Organizations everywhere are being affected by the industry’s talent shortage. So, how can your business overcome the hiring crisis in cybersecurity?

Tune in to this interactive discussion led by Alyssa Miller to find out. During this 50-minute session, Alyssa will dissect strategies for addressing candidate skills and diversity gaps in hiring. Engage in her powerful talk on February 27 from 9:20-10:10 a.m. in Moscone West.

5. Geopolitical Risks, Elections, and Cybersecurity

Speakers: Juliette Kayyem and Admiral James Stavridis

Cyberthreats to U.S. national security and industry should be top of mind for everyone at RSAC2020, as it has potential ramifications for all of us. Uncover the most important and current geopolitical risks threatening our country in this discussion led by Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Fmr. NATO Supreme Allied Commander, PreVeil board member, 12th Dean of Tuft’s Fletcher School, and chief international diplomacy and security analyst for NBC News, who will be joined by Prof. Juliette Kayyem, a Harvard’s Kennedy School graduate, former Asst. Sec. at DHS and CNN security analyst.

Catch them in Moscone South, February, 27 from 1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

The best sessions at the RSA Conference fill up quickly and these are no exception. If you want to guarantee your spot, head to the RSA website to reserve your seat now. And make sure to check back here on the CyberSN blog during and after the conference for news and key takeaways from the event. See you at RSAC2020!

There’s been a lot of buzz in the media in recent years about a cybersecurity staffing shortage. While it has certainly been a challenge for some companies to fill their cyber teams with great talent, CyberSN President Mark Aiello points out in his recent piece in Forbes,Four (Self-Inflicted) Roadblocks To Finding Quality Cyber Professionals,” some of the struggles companies have could be of their own making.

“As a longtime veteran in the security recruiting game, I witness the perceived cybersecurity talent shortage affecting the industry broadly,” write Aiello. “At the same time, I also know that many of the biggest hardships organizations experience in building security teams are self-inflicted. There are many leaders who manage to attract and maintain stellar teams year in and year out in spite of the perceived shortage, and it's not due to sorcery.”

In his piece, Aiello discusses four common roadblocks and provides a clear fix for companies who are looking for a clear path to filling their cybersecurity roles. You can read Aiello’s full article in Forbes here and get more tips on how to ace cybersecurity recruitment on the CyberSN blog.