Six entry-level cybersecurity job seeker failings

When it comes to hiring, enterprise security teams can use all of the help that they can rally. When hiring entry-level talent, that’s not as easy as it may seem —

many times because entry-level applicants don’t do everything they could to help their cause.

For years a dearth of young professionals interested in cybersecurity has existed, but that could be changing for the better. This is both good news and bad news for cybersecurity job seekers. While the competition for these positions will be heating up (bad news), the good news (for job applicants, anyway) is that number of openings remains vast. According to the Global Information Security WorkforceStudy, the cybersecurity talent skills shortage remains stark. By 2022, there will be a 1.8 million worker shortage – a 20 percent increase since 2015, this Frost & Sullivan for the Center for Cyber Safety and Education survey predicts.

The good news for organizations is that more potential employees entering the workforce are interested in careers in security. A report published last fall from the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. defense contractor Raytheon, Securing Our Future: Closing the Cybersecurity Talent Gapfound that not only are young adults  hearing about cyberattacks more often (64 percent in 2016 compared to 36 percent in 2015 within the U.S.), but awareness of what cybersecurity professionals do has increased. The number of those who have identified what cybersecurity programs are available to them and of millennials who say they are more likely to choose a career to make the internet safer have also risen. The latter is up 43 percent in 2016 from 33 percent in 2015 for men, and from 24 percent to 30 percent for women.

Whether the job market is abundant or tight, job applicants have to make the right moves to succeed and get the best position they can. To find out what security executives seek today, we reached out to those who make, or help make, hiring decisions today. He’s what they see as the most damaging things entry-level cybersecurity job-seekers do: