We need to address the lack of cyber skills in the tech world, here’s why

Maciej Dziergwa, CEO of STX Next, explores…

In recent years, companies in almost every industry have increased their use of technology to meet the challenges of the pandemic. Demand for remote access to essential work tools — like Zoom, Teams, or Slack — and improved online experiences in the consumer world shows no signs of slowing down.

Hence, there is now a greatly increased demand for professionals with technical skills in areas such as cybersecurity and coding. Currently, that demand is not being met: In STX Next’s annual survey of 500 CTOs across Europe, 41% of technology leaders said hiring was their biggest challenge.

There are many ways leaders can address this talent shortage and identify the best talent for success.

The importance of soft skills

In sectors such as technology or cyber security, a high level of specific technical know-how has always been a matter of course. To land a role in this field you need skills like programming and you need to be able to execute them well.

However, if you dig a little deeper, the crucial importance of soft skills comes to the fore. When asked about the top factors to consider when hiring, 81% of technology leaders said “cultural fit” was at the top of their list of search criteria. Similarly, 83% of CTOs emphasized the importance of peer feedback on soft skills when assessing the performance of existing employees. The data also shows that CTOs believe that a good cultural fit is more than twice as important as the number of years of experience a potential new team member has.

With this in mind, the traditional notion of a cyber expert as someone who just monitors for threats and writes code to mitigate those threats is fading, and soft skills are more in demand than ever. Modern developers should have a much better understanding of the broader goals of the business and have the skills needed to build cohesive and productive teams, be effective communicators and, if they wish, take on leadership roles in the future.

Remote work and team relations

At the beginning of the pandemic, most companies did an excellent job in shifting to remote working and keeping operations running. In fact, 68% of CTOs say an increase in remote work hasn’t impacted team relationships, and 18% actually say remote work has significantly improved those relationships. The results clearly show that it is possible to maintain strong relationships despite physical distance between teams.

Managers now positioned to address key challenges should capitalize on the increasingly localized nature of work and tap into a new pool of talent.

Smarter recruitment

In order to close this skills gap, it is the responsibility of companies to scale up their recruitment campaigns and take steps to appropriately motivate prospective employees, particularly those who have just graduated, to take up positions in cybersecurity and software development.

As part of this, leaders should not be afraid to stretch the net and engage with prospective employees abroad, especially when those candidates have the language skills needed to thrive in an international role.

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