March 6, 2016 – Hunt Scanlon Media, a global market research provider focused on executive search and C-suite hiring, today released its first-ever ranking of cybersecurity recruiting specialists. Twenty leading search firms were inducted into Hunt Scanlon’s inaugural ‘Cyber 20’ based on market reputation and dedication to finding best-in-class cybersecurity leaders. The ranking can be found in the company’s special edition of Executive Search Review.
“The hunt for seasoned cybersecurity talent has seen a dramatic increase in the last two to three years,” said Scott A. Scanlon, the report’s editor-in-chief. “This comes as companies have put a greater emphasis on, and given higher priority to, corporate security. But stepped-up demand is exceeding the available talent supply by a widening margin.” Therein is the opportunity, and tremendous challenge, for recruiters dedicated to the sector.
Mr. Scanlon said that as corporate cyberattacks grow in magnitude, complexity, and frequency, massive security lapses have left many companies vulnerable and exposed. “To address this risk, executive recruiters are leveraging their networks to identify next-generation leaders in the space,” he said.
“Cybersecurity is quickly transforming from an independent corporate function to a full-fledged integrated business sector,” said Mr. Scanlon. “That’s the biggest shift we’ve seen and why companies have been caught flat-footed and short on talent.”
Hunt Scanlon’s special edition cybersecurity report reveals that recruiters are searching for collaborative leaders who bring a proven track record of developing strategic IT risk management plans. Most in demand: chief information security officers (CISO), directors of information security, chief technology officers and heads of IT.
“Every industry sector is in need of these top-flight security professionals,” said Mr. Scanlon. “I can’t think of a single exception today in light of the corporate security breaches that are mounting.” Hunt Scanlon reports that these industries in particular have proven to be most vulnerable: banking, hedge funds, healthcare, insurance, entertainment, utilities, retail, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and governmental concerns. Companies within these sectors have been inundating search firm cybersecurity practice leaders as their needs for security, data and risk experts have intensified.
“Information security is the ultimate competitive advantage of the 21st century,” said Mr. Scanlon. “The hunt for top-flight cybersecurity talent is therefore the crowing management challenge of our times.” Mr. Scanlon said high demand and a short talent supply line is leading to a ‘bidding war’ for cybersecurity talent throughout the security and risk sectors.
Below is a listing of search firms with a dedicated cybersecurity recruiting practice included in this year’s Hunt Scanlon Cyber 20 ranking:
|· 680 Partners||· JM Search|
|· Alta Associates||· Kaye/Bassman International|
|· Benchmark Executive Search||· Korn Ferry|
|· Bridgen Group||· Russell Reynolds Associates|
|· Caldwell Partners||· SI Placement|
|· DHR International||· Spencer Stuart|
|· Diversified Search||· SPMB|
|· Egon Zehnder||· TD Madison|
|· Heidrick & Struggles||· Work&Partners|
|· Indigo Partners||· ZRG Partners|
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