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Cybersecurity Skills Gap: Identifying and Attracting Tech Talent

Cybersecurity Skills Gap: Identifying and Attracting Tech Talent

GAP Talent 23rd May 2024 0 Comments
Identifying and Attracting Tech Talent

Closing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap with Strategic Recruitment Solutions

Kirstyn Bond / International Technology Recruitment Specialist
Kirstyn Johnston

“In today’s digital age, the importance of cybersecurity cannot be overstated. As cyber threats become more sophisticated, the demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals continues to rise. However, a significant skills gap exists, leaving many organisations vulnerable. At GAP Talent, we understand the critical need to bridge this divide and connect leading global firms with top tech talent.” – Kirstyn Johnston, International Technology Recruitment Specialist, Assoc CIPD

The Cybersecurity Skills Gap Challenge

The cybersecurity skills gap is a pressing issue for businesses worldwide. In the UK and Ireland alone, there is a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals. According to recent data, the UK faced a shortfall of approximately 10,000 cybersecurity specialists in 2023, whilst Ireland reported a need for 6,000 more professionals in the field. This shortage is exacerbated by the rapidly evolving nature of cyber threats and the increasing reliance on digital infrastructure leaving firms struggling to find professionals with the right mix of technical expertise, practical experience, and the ability to adapt to new challenges.

Identifying Top Cybersecurity Talent

To effectively address the skills gap, it’s essential to identify individuals who possess both the technical skills and the right mindset for cybersecurity roles. Key attributes to look for include:

  • Technical Proficiency: Proficiency in areas such as network security, encryption, threat detection, and incident response is crucial.
  • Continuous Learning: Cybersecurity is a dynamic field that requires professionals to stay updated with the latest threats and technologies.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: The ability to think critically and solve complex problems is vital for effective threat mitigation.
  • Attention to Detail: Precision and meticulousness are essential traits for identifying and addressing security vulnerabilities.
  • Ethical Mindset: Integrity and a strong ethical foundation are paramount in maintaining trust and confidentiality.

Attracting Top Cybersecurity Talent

Attracting the best cybersecurity talent requires a strategic approach. Here are some effective strategies:

  • Offer Competitive Compensation: Given the high demand for cybersecurity professionals, competitive salaries and benefits are crucial. 
  • Provide Professional Development: Opportunities for continuous learning and career advancement can attract individuals committed to staying at the forefront of the field.
  • Foster a Strong Cybersecurity Culture: Creating an environment that prioritizes cybersecurity and recognises its importance can attract like-minded professionals.
  • Engage with Educational Institutions: Partnering with universities and training programmes can help identify and nurture emerging talent. In the UK, cybersecurity degree programmes have grown by 40% in recent years, providing a vital pipeline of new talent.
  • Leverage Diverse Talent Pools: Emphasising diversity and inclusion can broaden the talent pool and bring in fresh perspectives. Diverse teams have been shown to improve innovation and problem-solving.

How GAP Talent Can Help

At GAP Talent Technology, we specialise in connecting top cybersecurity talent with organizations that need their expertise. Our dedicated team of recruitment specialists understands the unique challenges of the cybersecurity field and works tirelessly to match the right candidates with the right roles, at the right time.

We offer a range of bespoke recruitment solutions, including Executive Search, Contingent Recruitment, Project Recruitment, Market Intelligence, and Outsourced HR Consulting, and by leveraging our extensive network and industry knowledge, we ensure that our Talent Partners (our Clients) have access to the best professionals from a global talent pool.


The cybersecurity skills gap is a significant challenge, but with the right strategies and partners, firms can effectively bridge this gap. At GAP Talent, we are committed to empowering our Talent Partners with top-tier cybersecurity talent, ensuring their digital assets are protected and their businesses thrive.

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