JOURNEY WITH CYBERKNIGHTS
Close skills gaps with matched cybersecurity talent and align skills development with retention strategies utilizing the NICE Framework.
Identify Skills Gaps, Recruit New Talent, Retain Employees.
Our unique portal matches cybersecurity talent to employers by leveraging the NICE Framework to assess knowledge and skills needed to close security skills gaps within your organization. Take further actions for planning and tracking employees’ skills development with a wide range of tools.
Visualization and breakdown of the NICE Framework
Established foundation for skills gap measurement and analysis
Alignment of employees and candidates to the 52 NICE work roles
Keyword search for NICE knowledge and skills (K&S)
Skills Gap Assessment
Compile lists of K&S required for your company’s strategy
Comparison of each employee K&S to K&S required
Education and certification training options to fill skills gaps
Talent search and candidate short listing to narrow skills gap
Browse self-starters, students, interns, apprentices, and professionals
Create and post K&S based Skills Postings (aka job opportunities)
Percentage match between candidates’ K&S and K&S required
View individuals’ profiles and contact potential candidates of interest
Employee career journey mapping integration access
Browse academic institutions, including Centers of Academic Excellence, HBCUs, and curriculum offerings
Demographics charts for improving diversity within your company
Certifications mapping to K&S and training provider options
The NICE Framework is the cornerstone of the portal. With the ability to identify skills gaps in your organization, create skills postings mapped to work roles, and engage in the career journey of employees, employers will develop a strong foundation for their security team development and retention programs.
The Shortage of Cybersecurity Professionals
Addressing the Shortage
There remains a critical gap of cybersecurity professionals within the workforce. As the need for cybersecurity talent increases, the number of cybersecurity job openings continues to surpass the number of qualified cybersecurity professionals. According to the international cybersecurity organization, this cybersecurity skills gap is almost 500,000 and continues to rise.
Closing the Gap
This large gap can be accredited to many different causes. One might be that the need for cybersecurity is simply increasing at a rate that is much higher than the speed at which individuals can be trained to enter into the workforce. Cybersecurity is a relatively new profession, and the popularity of studying cybersecurity at universities and colleges around the nation is still low. Another reason for the large gap could be the general stigma around the term “cybersecurity”. To those unfamiliar with the field of cybersecurity, the term may be synonymous with “hackers” or “the dark web”. Because of this, some individuals are hesitant to pursue a career in cybersecurity.
What Employers Can Do
How employers manage cybersecurity recruiting could be another reason for a large number of cybersecurity job openings left unfilled. Many employers recruit candidates within very specific criteria. While reading resumes or searching for candidates online, some employers consider only those candidates with certain degrees or qualifications in cybersecurity. Although having a formal education in cybersecurity will help qualify a candidate for the job position, it is not always necessary. Many individuals have received informal training in cybersecurity, through experience in other related industries, and maybe left behind through this form of recruitment.
To better find qualified cybersecurity candidates and decrease the number of cybersecurity jobs left unfilled, employers must improve their strategies for recruiting. Using an online portal, such as CyberKnights, is an effective way for employers to find qualified candidates for their job openings. CyberKnights is a skills matching platform that matches employers with individuals who have the skills, experience, or education to fulfill their job opening. By joining CyberKnights, employers can more easily and effectively find qualified candidates for each of their cybersecurity job openings.
What is the NIST-NICE Framework?