What are the Challenges in Cyber Security Recruitment?

author profile picture

by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

In an ever-growing cyber industry filled with increasingly impenetrable jargon and a limited, highly sought-after talent pool, recruiters are challenged to stay up-to-date with the latest sought-after skills and business requirements. So, what are the top cyber recruitment challenges for our clients? We answer 3 of the top questions that companies need to ask before they employ the services of a cyber recruiter.

Is the recruiter technically qualified to vet candidates?

Business leaders, scared into action with endless news of cyber breaches and their potentially devastating financial impact, know they need provisions against the threat. But, due to the aforementioned point about this being a new industry filled with jargon, they are unlikely to understand exactly what they need. So they turn to recruiters. The problem here is that recruiters are overwhelmed by a volume of placements and in an attempt to fill these from an already scarce talent pool may not be asking the right questions of the candidate to ensure a correct fit.

Another problem faced by recruiters is the increasing numbers of certifications cyber professionals can have. Knowing the difference between something like the Certificate of Ethical Hacking (CEH) or the Certificate of Information Security Management Principles (CISMP) and what skills they entail is often a game unto itself, with many meaning similar things that aren’t recognised by all potential employers (even though, for all intents and purposes, they are pretty much the same thing).

From a Morson point of view, we are fortunate in that we have, in-house, not only recruiters who have years of experience in the field, recruiting for some of the most high-security businesses in the world, but also a team of cyber security managed service experts in the form of Morson Cyber Security. They have contacts within the industry to help us source specific candidates for more niche roles. These particular roles bring us onto one of the most pressing cyber recruitment challenges:

Who can find me rare or passive candidates?

Cyber professionals can come from various backgrounds. Often, the most highly skilled, specialist (and hence most sought-after) candidates are not the sort of people who will need to be advertising their CVs or actively looking for jobs. This is where headhunting comes in, and having the right network of contacts is crucial for finding those rare, specialist skillsets. As mentioned above, Morson Cyber Security work with companies as part of their managed service who utilise specialist ethical hackers and data analysts – meaning the right skillset for the job is never far away.

Knowing how to approach these candidates is also one of the key challenges. We have learned that we need to be prepared, armed with information and able to speak in a language that the candidate will respond to. Going in ill-prepared – particularly when headhunting – does not create the best impression and the best candidates are not short of potential employment opportunities elsewhere. It’s about knowing your stuff.

What are the cyber recruitment challenges that businesses will face with regards to retention?

With the talent shortage being talked about so much, recruiters are scrambling to find candidates to fill roles for their clients, casting their nets ever further afield in order to do this. But it’s not just the lack of talent that’s an issue. Most talent is centered around cities, naturally, and there are separate challenges with regards to to attracting professionals to go out and work and potentially remote sites (for example, a nuclear power station like Sellafield or Hinkley). Companies need to accept the reality that with things as they are, they’re going to be paying premium salaries for the best talent.

Nobody knows of the talent shortage more than the candidates themselves. Highly-skilled, SC or DV-cleared experts command huge fees as a result of this, and will always be in the sights of another recruiter wanting to place them with another client.

Want to find qualified recruiters who solve your cyber recruitment challenges? To find out more contact us at itrecruitment@morson.com 

Or, looking for your next cyber security role? Check out our current jobs


Subscribe to the Blog

If you enjoy our content, fill out the form below and you will kept up to date with our latest blogs!

Cx Jobs

Maintenance Engineer

Morson Talent are currently recruiting for a Maintenance Engineer on an initial 12 months FTC basis (Likely to be perm for the right candidate) in the Manchester area. Location Manchester Salary £37,000 + 20% uplift for occasional shift work Hours Days based - Occasional cover shift work (6-2 / 2-10) The Person: * NVQ 3 or above in Engineering ESSENTIAL * Multiskilled - Mechanically / Electrically biased * Various backgrounds considered: Manufacturing, Automotive, Food, Distribution Centres, Automated Warehouse, Recycling, Biomass, Packaging or Printing, Chemical Plant, Brewery, Paper, Manufacturing Plant, Electromechanical / Automated Plant. * Health and safety focused, good awareness and a can do attitude. Desirable: * Bottling, material handling, AGV's, stackers, palletisers * Pneumatics, hydraulics The Job: * Assist with breakdowns maintenance and reliability of electromechanical machinery, equipment, and plant. * Maintenance of various sections of the plant - PPM and fault finding * Monitor production process & machinery performance. * Assist with PPM & breakdown. * Continuous improvement If you are interested in a new opportunity and would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on 07739311930 or reply with an updated CV.

System Engineer

A Systems Engineer contractor is sought for a contract in Stevenage, Hertfordshire for a SATELLITE DIGITAL PROCESSOR SYSTEM ENGINEER position.Our client seek an expert in digital signal processor design and validation to join the design team responsible for the secure telecommand and telemetry system for a military communication satellite.The role requires an all-round grasp of the digital system, which includes both cryptographic and modem equipment, and its hardware implementation in order to support both system analyses and commissioning of prototype hardware. KEY SKILLS / PROVEN ABILITYProven Ability in any or all of the following topics will be valuable -Failure mode and related system analyses: FMEA / FMECA, single event effects and security analysis;Cryptographic processing and associated security functions;Modem functions (modulation and coding);Implementation of reliable digital signal processing hardware;FPGA-based prototyping and debugging;End-to-end RF communication systems testingSector knowledge: Space / Aerospace / Defence / Communications ADDITIONALTravel - Occasional travel to other UK sitesBase of Work - Following a familiarisation period on site this role will be working from home then working on site once COVID restrictions are lifted by the client - candidates must be able to work on site full time when required

Composite Technician - Aerospace Panels

Morson are currently looking for experienced composite technicians for our client for roles based in Stevenage.Job Profile Assembly and final assembly of sandwich aluminium composite panel production. Inclusive of: - Potting of inserts Bonding of various brackets and equipment Film adhesives Panel completion General hot and cold bonding processes Drilling, reaming etc. High tolerance requirements (typically better than 0.05mm in various areas). Experience Essential:- Ability to work from detailed drawings and electronic work instructions - within specific procedures Experience working to procedures with checkpoints/quality gates Previous experience such as mechanical fitter, close tolerance sheet metal worker, time served mechanical technician Experience in industries such as Space/Aerospace/Automotive/Motorsport etc. Ability to work in confined spaces above floor level Desirable:- Knowledge of satellite structure assemblies or similar Modern apprenticeship Clean room experience Shifts Weekly rotating double day shifts - 06:00hrs to 14:00 hrs 14:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs Some weekend working Saturday or Sunday may be required at peak times. Other There will be a skills test at interview The successful candidate will be required to pass BPSS security clearance before confirmation of contract offer. Free parking is provided for this role in a municipal car park located approximately fifteen minutes' walk from site.

Warehouse Operative

Warehouse operative Principal Responsibilities Health and safety: Must ensure that safe working practices as stipulated by the company are adhered to at all times. Undertake any relevant HSE training as required. Picking: Accurately collect parts from various locations within the warehouse without introducing errors. Packing: To consolidate picked goods in a secure manner for direct shipment to external/internal customers. 100% double check on picked items to achieve very high accuracy levels. Dispatch: Consolidate packages on the relevant pallet and prepare for collection, i.e. pallet wrapping / loading into carrier cages. Goods Inwards: Check deliveries for damage and check against the delivery note to ensure that we have received the correct quantities of the correct products. Using Rf scanners Communication: On a day-to-day basis communication between various departments is normal. Responsibility for dealing with day-to-day enquiries in a friendly yet professional manner applies to all logistics staff. Operation of a Powered industrial truck is desirable if operator holds licence and is authorised. Other key links & experience areas Customer Services Manufacturing/Goods In Carriers/Couriers ISC Office Please note that these roles are currently part time hours from 4pm - 8pm.

Skills and qualifications needed for a career in cyber security