The Cybersecurity 'Skills Gap' and Mentoring-as-a-Service
In the current landscape people talk about a 'cybersecurity skills gap'; I always say it is 'an experience gap'. Yet the pipeline of talent coming through from apprentices to graduates and career changers; all are consistently struggling to get jobs due to the lack of experience.
We believe that there are opportunities for organisations to hire these aspiring cybersecurity professionals, acknowledge that they have less experience than the organisation would ideally like, then take a risk-based approach to it and implement a control to reduce the risk. Mentoring can be that control.
6 mentee sessions
2 manager debrief sessions
12 mentee sessions
4 manager debrief sessions
24 mentee sessions
8 manager debrief sessions
Frequently Asked Questions
'A mentor is a more experienced individual willing to share knowledge
with someone less experienced in a relationship of mutual trust'
- David Clutterbuck
Having one or more mentors in our life can make a significant difference to both the direction and rate of growth in our chosen career, and as people. Although there are many 'flavours' of mentoring, they all have one thing in common; the mentee (person seeking support from a mentor) needs to be ready and willing to drive their own development.
'Mentoring is a learning relationship, involving the sharing of skills, knowledge, and expertise between a mentor and mentee through developmental conversations, experience sharing, and role modelling. The relationship may cover a wide variety of contexts and is an inclusive two-way partnership for mutual learning that values differences.'
Source: EMCC Global
Yes, in various ways. Please see the mentoring page for private individuals which includes information about both free and paid sessions.
As security professionals we already operate in accordance with the Code of Conduct of our professional industry bodies.
For our mentoring service, Michala is a member of EMCC UK and voluntarily adheres to the EMCC Global Code of Ethics.
This includes a duty of confidentiality to the mentee with exceptions for (a) their safeguarding and wellbeing and (b) references during the mentor’s supervision sessions.