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Cybility Experience (XP) Boost - our mentoring service for organisations

Does your organisation knows that it needs to reduce cybersecurity risks yet you don't have experienced cybersecurity specialists in-house to make that happen?

Perhaps you are struggling to hire cybersecurity professionals with the level of experience you want at a price you can afford?

Possibly your anxiety level rises as each day ticks by without filling that open vacancy which means your organisation isn't as resilient as you'd like your customers to believe?

We can help!  Hire a promising candidate for their passion, curiosity, and tenacity. Give them the experience they need by proxy through our mentoring-as-a-service and they'll likely become one of your top performers.

"I love sharing knowledge and lessons I have learned.

I enjoy having interesting discussions, learning new things and be reminded why I love working in cybersecurity.

I hope to inspire more people to join the cybersecurity field."

- Michala Liavaag

The Cybersecurity 'Skills Gap' and Mentoring-as-a-Service

Mentoring has never been more important given the current landscape in which 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.

With our Mentoring and Coaching Service

  • The organisation benefits - by filling a vacant post, activities that were not being performed previously will be. This will increase the organisation's cyber resilience. It's also demonstrates the organisation's committment to developing people.
  • The aspiring cybersecurity professional benefits by
    1. Getting a job to pay the bills,
    2. Gaining real-world experience, and
    3. Having the reassurance of the safety-net of a mentor who can share their knowledge and experience with them.
  • The cybersecurity industry benefits as it's one more cybersecurity professional in the experience pool protecting organisations.


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.

Yes, we do offer discounts for charities that are registered in the UK.

To claim this discount the charity must be active and currently registered with one of the following:

  • Charity Commission in England and Wales,
  • Scottish Charity Regulator in Scotland (OSCR);
  • Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI).