The Comprehensive Guide to Cybersecurity Hiring

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Strategies, Trends, and Best Practices
Dr. Jason Edwards, DMIST, CISSP
Softcover, 6×9, 280 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-203-1
e-ISBN: 978-1-60427-856-9
May 2024
Part of the J. Ross Publishing Cybersecurity Series

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This comprehensive guide provides professionals, hiring managers, and business leaders with essential strategies and insights to navigate the complex cybersecurity talent landscape. It illuminates the nuances of various cybersecurity roles, providing a deep understanding of the skills and challenges inherent in these positions. These best practices extend beyond traditional recruitment methods, advocating for innovative tactics such as leveraging educational partnerships, social media, and community engagement to attract top talent in a competitive market. Additionally, The Comprehensive Guide to Cybersecurity Hiring emphasizes strategies for retention, highlighting the importance of developing a diverse and inclusive workplace, fostering continuous professional development, and creating an engaging work environment.

This guide also delves into the crucial legal and ethical considerations in hiring to ensure compliance with regulations and ethical standards. For HR professionals, it serves as a vital tool to align recruitment with the specific needs of cybersecurity teams, thereby enhancing the integration of new hires. It provides insights into HR challenges for cybersecurity leaders and how to promote a collaborative approach to build a resilient cybersecurity workforce. The Comprehensive Guide to Cybersecurity Hiring is more than a book; it’s a strategic asset for securing your organization’s digital future by empowering you with the knowledge to attract, develop, and retain the right cybersecurity talent.

Key Features

  • In-Depth Role Analysis: Explores various cybersecurity roles, outlines specific responsibilities, skills, and challenges, and provides a comprehensive understanding of effective recruitment.
  • Retention Best Practices: Offers insightful strategies for retaining top cybersecurity talent, focusing on career development opportunities, mentorship programs, and creating a supportive work culture.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Emphasis: Focuses on developing an inclusive and diverse workplace in cybersecurity, highlighting their importance in driving innovation and problem solving.
  • Real-World Case Studies: Includes real-world examples and case studies to illustrate successful cybersecurity hiring practices in action.
  • Future Trends and Industry Evolution: Analyzes current trends and future directions in cybersecurity, preparing readers for evolving industry requirements and role transformations.
  • Practical Tools and Resources: Provides practical tools, templates, and resources for HR professionals to use in cybersecurity hiring and management processes.
  • Career Path Mapping: Offers guidance on mapping out clear career paths in cybersecurity, which aids recruitment and retention by setting transparent progression routes for professionals in the field.
  • WAV features a Behavioral Interview Guide for hiring managers and a career questions rubricsavailable from the Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center at

About the author(s)

Dr. Jason Edwards has over 25 years of experience in Cybersecurity & technology across various industries, including finance, insurance, and energy. He holds several credentials, such as a Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Doctorate in Management, Information Systems, and Technology, specializing in Cybersecurity. He also served with the US Army for 22 years, earning a Bronze Star for service during multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Besides his professional achievements, Dr. Edwards is passionate about sharing his knowledge and expertise. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity at multiple universities, teaching professional and graduate-level courses. He has also authored numerous books on Cybersecurity, including a children’s series. He is highly active, with a large following on LinkedIn, where he is the author of the Cyber Spear educational newsletter, which offers free daily and weekly educational newsletters to enhance cybersecurity awareness and build skills within the industry. Jason lives with his family in San Antonio, Texas.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Cybersecurity Hiring

Background and Importance of Cybersecurity Hiring

The Objective of the Book

Who Should Read This Book?

Chapter 2: Understanding Cybersecurity Roles and Skills

Overview of Cybersecurity Domain

Key Roles and Job Titles

Necessary Skills and Competencies

Chapter 3: Crafting Effective Job Postings

Writing Job Descriptions that Resonate with Cyber Professionals

Key Components of a Job Posting

Using the Right Language and Terminology


Chapter 4: Leveraging Professional Hiring Tools for Cybersecurity Recruitment

Introduction to Hiring Platforms

LinkedIn Strategies for Cybersecurity Hiring

Utilizing Indeed and Other General Job Platforms

Maximizing Visibility and Responses

Analytics and Performance Measurement

Chapter 5: The Hiring Process

Planning and Preparation

Posting and Promotion of Job Vacancies

Applicant Tracking and Management

Chapter 6: Effective Interview Strategies

Questions to Ask

Evaluating Candidates’ Technical and Soft Skills

Chapter 7: Assessing Technical Competency

Designing Technical Assessments and Challenges

Tools and Platforms for Technical Evaluation

Chapter 8: Building a Cybersecurity Internship Program

Benefits and Importance

Structuring the Internship

Mentorship and Guidance

Chapter 9: Diversity and Inclusion in Cybersecurity Hiring

Importance of Diversity

Strategies for Inclusive Hiring

Building a Supportive Environment

Chapter 10: Onboarding and Training

Best Practices for Successful Onboarding

Training Programs and Continuous Learning

Performance Monitoring and Feedback

Chapter 11: Employee Retention and Career Development

Building a Positive Work Culture

Career Advancement Opportunities

Employee Benefits and Well-being

Chapter 12: Future Trends in Cybersecurity Hiring

Upcoming Challenges and Opportunities

The Role of Automation and Artificial Intelligence

Continuous Adaptation and Learning

Upcoming Challenges and Opportunities

The Role of Automation and Artificial Intelligence

Continuous Adaptation and Learning

Appendix A: Utilizing the NIST NICE Framework in Cybersecurity Hiring         

Introduction to the NIST NICE Framework

Overview of the NICE Framework

Framework Objectives

Standardizing Cybersecurity Roles

Enhancing Educational and Training Programs

Navigating the NICE Framework Components

Understanding Framework Categories

Specialty Areas within Categories

Role-Based Approach

Detailed Role Descriptions

Defining KSAs

Application in Hiring and Training

Aligning Job Requirements with the NICE Framework

Utilizing the Framework for Job Creation

Ensuring Role Relevance and Clarity

Integrating KSAs into Job Criteria

Customizing KSAs for Organization-Specific Needs

Utilizing the NICE Framework for Career Pathways

Guided Career Progression

Setting Goals and Milestones

Skill Gap Analysis

Targeted Training Programs

Enhancing the Interview and Evaluation Process

Framework-Based Interviewing

Role-Specific Question Development

Competency Evaluation

Cultural and Organizational Fit

Leveraging the NICE Framework for Continuous Learning

Framework-Driven Training

Personalized Learning Pathways

Ongoing Skill Enhancement

Tracking Progress and Achievements

Integrating the NICE Framework into Organizational Strategy

Strategic Workforce Planning

Attracting and Retaining Talent

Aligning with Business Objectives

Adapting to Industry Changes

Appendix B: Detailed Cyber Job Position Listings



“As an 8-time CISO, one of the more difficult components of building and transforming a security team is finding, hiring, and retaining the right talent. With insightful strategies and practical advice, this book equips organizations with the essential tools to recruit and retain top cyber talent, ensuring their defenses remain steadfast in the face of evolving threats. A must-read for cybersecurity professionals and anyone invested in securing our digital world.”
Brett Wahlin, CISO, Activision Blizzard

“As a CISO deeply entrenched in cybersecurity, I find Jason’s book indispensable for any security leader or HR organization aiming to bolster their security team with top-tier talent. This book offers a comprehensive roadmap, blending real-life strategies with actionable advice to successfully navigate the cybersecurity
hiring process.”
James Azar, CISO and Host of the CyberHub Podcast

“This is an essential resource to navigate the intricate landscape of cybersecurity recruitment. With 12 chapters covering every facet of the hiring process, from crafting effective job postings to anticipating future trends, this book provides essential guidance for HR professionals, cybersecurity leaders, educators, talent acquisition specialists, and career counselors.”
Rob Fisher, CISSP, Principal, GenAI Security for Amazon Security, and AI Security Program Pioneer

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