March 3, 2017 – After opening its doors this past October, specialist cybersecurity and IT recruitment consultancy CyberOne has named Vince Warrington as non-executive director.
Mr. Warrington will provide expert specialist IT advice and guidance on recruiting IT and data security talent to help businesses safeguard against escalating cyber crime and meet stringent, new EU data regulations that are set to come into legislation next year. He will also head up a new CISO-as-a-Service offering which enables businesses to secure expert cyber security talent on an operational cost basis, as and when they need it.
Mr. Warrington has 15 years of experience in information assurance and cybersecurity and is a recognized expert in heading up large-scale, organization-wide IT and cybersecurity programs for the financial sector, central government departments, blue chip private companies and well-known voluntary organizations across the globe.
In addition, he is a member of the Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC) and the UK Cyber Security Forum and he has delivered cybersecurity programs for GlaxoSmithKline, Diageo, Financial Conduct Authority, Euromoney Institutional Investor, Saudi Aramco, Metropolitan Police Service, Sainsbury’s, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, HM Treasury and Skillshare International, among many others.
“Vince is a recognized and trusted industry figure in the cybersecurity world and we are delighted to have him on board to help us deliver a unique and unparalleled solution that combines both expert IT security consultancy with our industry-leading recruitment service,” said Jamie Fordyce, director of CyberOne. “Company data has unfortunately become a highly valued commodity among the cyber underworld, and businesses in all sectors are finding it increasingly difficult to consistently stay one step ahead.”
He said the firm’s dedicated cybersecurity recruitment service and CISO-as-a-Service offering will enable businesses to achieve their security and compliance objectives more quickly, “and given the current levels of cyber threats, we expect there will be much demand for our new recruitment services.”
Sound Knowledge of Risk
Businesses, especially those in the financial sector, are crying out for talented chief information security officers (CISOs) to help them fully understand the full picture of their defense landscape and identify where any potential cyber weaknesses might lie, said Mr. Warrington. “CISOs are not just about IT – they also require a full understanding of the business and its objectives, have a sound knowledge of risk, and the ability to influence and deliver business change effectively.”
He said it is perhaps not surprising that CISOs are very much in demand and often difficult to secure. “CyberOne’s CISO-as-a-Service consequently provides the ideal way for businesses to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the best cybersecurity minds around – as and when they need it – without having to worry about this particular recruitment and retention challenge.”
With offices in Hertfordshire and London, CyberOne recruits for roles ranging from IT security professionals, SCOs through to CISO level executives. Cyber One was founded exclusively to address the need to provide IT and data security talent available within the industry to work with organizations on formulating strategies and safeguards which protect and defend against this escalating threat.
Its founding directors, Lee Chapman and Mr. Fordyce, bring more than 30 years IT recruitment experience, working up to C-level with investment banks, retail banks, investment managers, and financial technology vendors. Both founders acknowledged that, having built leading recruitment firms, it was an obvious decision to now transition that experience into the fast evolving cybersecurity space.
The Hunt for Seasoned Cybersecurity Talent Is On
The hunt for seasoned cybersecurity talent has seen a dramatic increase in the last two to three years, according to a recent special issue of search industry newsletter ESR devoted to cybersecurity. According to the Hunt Scanlon Media report, recruiters are finding a lack of qualified candidates just as companies put a greater emphasis and give a higher priority to corporate security. Hunt Scanlon recently inducted 20 cybersecurity search specialists into its inaugural ‘Cyber 20‘ ranking, based on market reputation and dedication to finding best-in-class cybersecurity leaders ….. Here’s some further reading from Hunt Scanlon Media.
Scrambling for Cybersecurity Leaders is Big Business for Recruiters
High demand and limited talent supply lines are leading to bidding wars throughout the security sector, as cybersecurity transforms from an independent, functional focus to a full-fledged integrated business sector.
“Cybersecurity is quickly transforming from an independent, corporate functional focus to a full-fledged, integrated business sector,” said Scott A. Scanlon, the report’s editor-in-chief and Hunt Scanlon founding chairman and CEO. “That’s the biggest change we’ve seen. It is, therefore, both an opportunity and tremendous challenge for recruiters dedicated to the sector.”
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.” He said high demand and a short talent supply line is leading to a ‘bidding war’ for cybersecurity talent throughout the security and risk sectors.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media