To most companies, a model of good cybersecurity strategy would include continuous monitoring and detection, incident response, threat intelligence and a number of operations for preventing breaches or mitigating damage. Whether the overall strategy emphasizes continuous training and development, however, may vary.
But any employer that wants to keep a cybersecurity workforce up to the task of protecting against today’s threats can benefit from prioritizing education. In the midst of a cybersecurity talent gap, this focus on training may be especially important for developing staff to the standard of the current threat landscape.
Of course, building an effective workforce development program takes some planning and preparation. We’re here to help, with a look at a few elements to involve in any effective training program.
- Doing a gap analysis of skill sets: You must understand the strengths and weaknesses of a cybersecurity team before shaping a coherent training plan. Where gaps exist, both training initiatives and identifying talent outside the security team can help. Significant gaps might call for greater investment in programs above general ongoing training courses.
- Aligning abilities to a compliance standard (such as the NICE framework): Once a team’s skill sets are identified and evaluated, leaders can match resources to controls within a compliance framework. Training programs can proceed toward controls for which skills are lacking. For instance, if a compliance program requires penetration testing, and the security staff is short of ethical hacking skills, the organization should seek out training in this area.
- Managing the development of the workforce: This includes developing learning paths that develop staff toward lacking skillsets, establishing partnerships with training providers, and maintaining a learning management system.
Lunarline offers workforce development on-site, at a third-party training location or online. And we can work with your team to establish a workforce development strategy that will get you up to speed with today’s cybersecurity environment.
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