Canadian Cybersecurity Community

  • 1.  700K cyber jobs left unfilled in US...same phenomena in Canada -What to do?

    Posted 07-01-2022 07:12
    Good article, innovation is still lacking. How would you tackle this problem. @Evgeniy Kharam, @Kathy Isaac, @Dylan D'Silva, @Gabrielle Botbol

    Tell us how you would get more workers into the labour force and get employers to lower their requirements and train people up.

    Francois Guay
    Founder, Canadian Cybersecurity Network
    Founder, Francois Guay & Associates

  • 2.  RE: 700K cyber jobs left unfilled in US...same phenomena in Canada -What to do?

    Posted 07-06-2022 16:17
    @Canadian Cybersecurity Network - Apologies for the delayed reply. My opinion and thoughts below are solely my own. They do not reflect any past, present or future employers.

    Interesting that you framed it around innovation, as my initial thought before reading the article was that the gap in positions has nothing to do with innovation, however, after reading it, I would tend to agree that innovation should be one aspect used to help close said gap.

    I think there are a number of challenges (and I'm being very specific and deliberate in choosing that word) that need to be addressed. As mentioned in the article, there's not going to be one solution to solve them all, because as the threat landscape continues to shift, the needs, demands and skillsets required to address those threats will shift accordingly.

    To get more workers into the labour force requires a true understanding of the many different roles that need to be filled. From there, I believe it's about "working backwards", meaning taking the end goal of having those positions filled and understanding both the soft and hard skills required to be successful and the ramp up time to develop those skills. Once those are clearly defined, develop talent pipelines, starting in high school/secondary school as one starting point.

    Another entry point to consider is those that are looking to make a career shift from another profession into cybersecurity. Whether you start in school or you want to switch careers, what's important here is to "do the work" and understand the domains of cybersecurity so that one can understand what really excites them.

    From a candidate's perspective, my belief is that they should be open and flexible to learning to technologies, skills and domains, which includes ones that they may have overlooked in the past. This is a must to be successful within the profession. It's continual learning and development, and no matter where a candidate comes from, it's important to start with the basics of how computers and networks operate and learn how to troubleshoot, and problem solve. I'll focus on that last part again; problem solve. My belief is that if you Venn Diagram cybersecurity, project management, and consulting, the intersection of all three is problem solving. This is a core skill set you must develop as you build your career.

    I think the train-to-hire programs are a fantastic way to solve the challenge and start closing the gap, because a candidate will be trained in a range of topics to fill a role, however what's important here is what is highlighted in the article; there's a need to have greater diversity of thought, and more and different types of skill sets and backgrounds coming to solve.

    Dylan D'Silva
    Security Researcher

  • 3.  RE: 700K cyber jobs left unfilled in US...same phenomena in Canada -What to do?

    Posted 07-08-2022 11:00
    Train to hire is a good idea, but how about good old fashioned hire-to-train? Or how about considering training your own employees whom you already know and who want to make a career change? In fact, companies that continually invest in their staff are far more likely to retain skilled IT professionals.

    Jay Bodkin
    SDA Academy Inc

  • 4.  RE: 700K cyber jobs left unfilled in US...same phenomena in Canada -What to do?

    Posted 07-07-2022 08:21
    Align to work with schools and universities,. Create a program to teach people from other industries. And have government support for such training. Understand where the need exactly and just say we were missing people.

    Evgeniy Kharam
    VP, Cybersecurity Solution Architecture
    Herjavec Group |

  • 5.  RE: 700K cyber jobs left unfilled in US...same phenomena in Canada -What to do?

    Posted 07-11-2022 09:57
    I believe there are many people available to enter the cybersecurity occupation., Like myself, freshly trained with a certificate in cybersecurity, companies are not hiring individuals with no experience. How can you get a job to gain experience when you are unable to get your first positon?

    Kevin Hnatiuk

  • 6.  RE: 700K cyber jobs left unfilled in US...same phenomena in Canada -What to do?

    Posted 07-11-2022 10:17
    Three words:  Don't be discouraged.

    Employers may have once taken the minimum requirements they listed seriously, but now 84% of companies are willing to hire and train a candidate who lacks required skills or experience, according to a study by Robert Half.

    Based on that study, you should apply even if you feel underqualified. if you meet part of the qualifications, don't hesitate to apply, As an applicant, it's absolutely worth it to take a shot every single time, because it doesn't cost you much.

    Those who are submitting applications without receiving responses may become discouraged over time, but there's no reason to stop applying, even if you're not receiving any feedback. Apply and reapply periodically. Maybe once a month, resubmit your résumé to have it float back to the top of the stack.

    Be sure to read up on interviewing techniques and how to handle difficult questions. The internet has a wealth of information to help you. Remember, it is a bit like a beauty contest. Maybe you were just unlucky because somebody else showed up who looked better to the hiring manager than you do. But that doesn't mean that you can't sharpen your image to look better for the next chance.

    Another piece of advice: When recruiters inside companies go through résumés, they often will look for people who have worked at specific companies. If as a candidate you have not worked at any of those companies, you should still find a way to work those words into your résumé.

    Jay Bodkin
    SDA Academy Inc

  • 7.  RE: 700K cyber jobs left unfilled in US...same phenomena in Canada -What to do?

    Posted 23 days ago
    Edited by Igor Dukovny 23 days ago

       People are getting lazy these days.  Why learn when you can click a few times and build an amazing website, or click once and install a cool security app for free, or you can turn on your Playstation and be virtually anywhere in the Universe.

       As for your topic, we need so many cybersecurity specialists simply because there are no cameras on the Internet like in real life.  That's why it's so easy to steal anything and manipulate anyone.

       The Internet should already be public.  When you turn on any of your devices on social channels, everyone should see you.  Mandatory.  Like in real life you see who is in front of you.  That's it.  Of course, make exceptions for verified public figures.

    Igor Dukovny