Over the last 12 months, the world has seen some of the largest data breaches and cyber attacks in history, which included global consultancy, Michael Page. As the attacks of last year have shown, recruiters are a prime target for cybercriminals. Why? Because recruiters hold the one thing that hackers love: data, and lots of it.
But there's a silver lining: there's big business to be made in the cyber security.
The average salary for a cyber security professional rose by five per cent in 2016 to £ 57,706 (Experis), £ 5,000 more than the average technology job (CW). The sector is lucrative for both candidates and recruiters, but there's a catch; There simply aren't enough people to fill these roles. If this skills gap persists, who will come to your rescue when you become the victim of a cyber attack?
Getting your head out of the sand
Recruiters need to be bold and stop ignoring the glaringly obvious potential that cyber security brings to the staffing sector. Grab the opportunity to grow your business through cyber security before you lose the chance, as the market is there for those who are ready to take it. Identifying, targeting and placing the best cyber security talent will be the biggest growth enabler for your recruitment business in 2017, but getting there requires addressing some of the following points:
Know the sector: Cyber security is an incredibly profitable area to recruit in as demand is so high, but if you don't know HTTPS protocol from DoS attacks you probably won't succeed in putting the right candidate in the right role. Cyber security professionals have the ability to be highly analytical and data-driven as well as good storytellers and understanding the intricacies of the role and the personal attributes of the candidate you're searching for are key.
The right platform: Targeting the right candidates relies upon utilizing the best platform to push out your roles. Cyber security professionals won't care for passive candidate targeting and a LinkedIn campaign just won't cut it. Take a bold and analytical approach to reach candidates in the places where you're actually likely to get their attention.
Cyber security: the double-edged sword
The proverb 'live by the sword, die by the sword' could not be more apt when it comes to recruitment and cyber security. Yes, there's huge potential for business growth and development in cybercrime, but if you're not careful you could end up being your candidate's future client.
If you think your recruitment consultancy is immune from cyber attacks, then you're wrong. Recruitment agencies are keepers of some of the world's largest collections of data – perfect fodder for gluttonous cybercriminals. Suffering a data breach or hack is not only a logistical nightmare but a serious dent in their credibility. Neither candidates nor clients want to work with a recruiter that is an information security risk and the damage from such an attack could be costly.
For those businesses who haven't yet acknowledged the severity of cybercrime, it's time to wake up and prepare yourself for what could be a business-critical event and implement security measures that will keep your data safe.
Throughout 2017 cyber security will continue to be a huge pressure that will come down hit businesses of all sizes like a tonne of bricks. So, grab the opportunity that this UK-wide skills gap presents and be part of the next wave of talented cyber security professionals in case you need their assistance one day.