Matt Comber
by Matt Comber
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Cybersecurity will, without a doubt, be one of the most influential areas of technology in 2019. But if you’re in the world of recruitment, it could be both your meal ticket and your ruin, simultaneously growing and killing your business.

Over the last 12 months, the world has seen some of the largest data breaches and cyber attacks in history, including Facebook. Recruitment agencies have long been a target for attacks. Why? Because recruiters hold the one thing that hackers love: data, and lots of it.

But there’s a silver lining: there’s big business to be made in the cyber security.

The average salary for a cybersecurity professional rose by 7% from 2017 to 2018. The sector is lucrative for both candidates and recruiters, but there’s a catch; there simply aren’t enough people to fill these roles. If this skills gap persists, who will come to your rescue when you become the victim of a cyber attack?


Getting your head out of the sand

Recruiters need to be bold and stop ignoring the glaringly obvious potential that cyber security brings to the staffing sector. Grab the opportunity to grow your business through cybersecurity before you lose the chance, as the market is there for those who are ready to take it. Identifying, targeting and placing the best cyber security talent will be the biggest growth enabler for your recruitment business in 2017, but getting there requires addressing some of the following points:

  • Know the sector:

  • The right platform:


Cyber security: the double-edged sword

The proverb ‘live by the sword, die by the sword’ could not be more apt when it comes to recruitment and cyber security. Yes, there’s huge potential for business growth and development in cybercrime, but if you’re not careful you could end up being your candidate’s future client.

If you think your recruitment consultancy is immune from cyber attacks, you’re wrong. Recruitment agencies are keepers of some of the world’s largest collections of data – perfect fodder for gluttonous cybercriminals. Suffering a data breach or hack is not only a logistical nightmare, but a serious dent in their credibility. Neither candidates nor clients want to work with a recruiter that is an information security risk and the damage from such an attack could be costly.

For those businesses who haven’t yet acknowledged the severity of cybercrime, it’s time to wake up and prepare yourself for what could be a business-critical event and implement security measures that will keep your data safe.

Throughout 2018 and into 2019, cyber security will continue to be a huge pressure that will come down hit businesses of all sizes like a tonne of bricks. So, grab the opportunity that this UK-wide skills gap presents and be part of the next wave of talented cyber security professionals in case you need their assistance one day.

To find out more, download our free eBook: The Recruiter’s Guide to Cyber Attacks, Data Protection and Systems Security.


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