Make Cyber Training Your First Defense

We hear a lot about organizations constantly evolving to meet today’s cyber threats, and for good reason. But, most haven’t thought about transforming their cybersecurity training as a solution.

That’s because in cyber defense, where certifications are often required and simply filling open positions is already difficult, most organizations haven’t had the time or energy to consider such an overhaul. But that’s exactly why they should — the right training approach can help solve these issues.

By completing a Cyber Workforce Assessment, you’ll be able to see your team’s true skill gaps and make plans to address them with effective, efficient and transformative training approaches. Here’s a look at how such an assessment can ultimately ensure your cybersecurity team is on top of its game.

Discover what you don’t know

Most organizations probably have a good understanding of what their cyber teams can do. But it’s what they can’t do that deserves your real attention. For example, cyber employees don’t need a perfect score to pass certification tests. If all of your employees passed with a 90 percent, what’s the 10 percent of content they don’t know and what risk does this knowledge gap present?

A workforce assessment can help you discover what your cyber workforce gaps are. By charting the skills of every employee with roles related to cybersecurity, you see your defense’s true strengths and weaknesses. In addition, the assessment might have identified employees with skills you didn’t know about, or non-cyber workers with skills that be trained to fill open cyber positions.

Further, almost every organization has employees who don’t work in cyber but interact with security issues every day as part of their role. Chances are they’ll have a lot of cyber skill gaps to address.

Process the information, then act

Once your assessment is completed and you have this information in hand, here are four steps you can follow. First, contextualize the gaps by mapping them to identified threats and risks specific to your industry or organization.

Then prioritize the risks and threats from most to least important, and target specific actions to address them. For example, some risks can be resolved by training an individual, while others will require training across the organization.

The next thing most organizations may struggle with, and where transformation can be the most useful, is tailoring training to individuals or groups to address specific needs. By providing customized pathways and offering different ways to learn, employees take their training more seriously and learn more.

Finally, keep adjusting your training as the threat and your organization change. Think of it as wash, rinse, repeat. Make rules for how often you revisit the assessment (such as quarterly), when your staff has turnover or new employees or when there are major changes in the threat environment.

Transform your training

A Cyber Workforce Assessment and the subsequent transformation of your training is more important than ever. However, even with the tips given here, it still needs to be done correctly. Just like a house, there are problems you can fix yourself and others that are best left to the professionals.

Raytheon Professional Services (RPS) has the knowledge and technology to conduct a proper Cyber Workforce Assessment. By starting at the individual level, RPS provides a breakdown of each employee’s knowledge, identifying the overall individual, team and enterprise skill gaps against the different levels of identification, protection, detection, response and recovery.

An experts in training, RPS can provide everything from professional individual and group training to role-based learning, certifications and customized education journeys. In addition, an RPS assessment gives organizations the potential to change how they manage talent, from internal talent to hiring and development to recruiting.

Take the first step in transforming your cyber training and talent today, and get in touch with our team now to start your Cyber Workforce Assessment.

Check out our previous blog to learn more about why a Cyber Workforce Assessment is likely vital for your organization. Does your organization need to assess its cyber workforce? Do you have lessons learned you’d like to share? Start a conversation in the comments below or connect with us at @RaytheonRPS using the hashtags #CyberAssessment, #Training or #Cybersecurity.