Employers 2017-10-04T10:23:05+00:00

If you’re concerned that the cybersecurity talent gap exposes vulnerabilities in your organization…If you believe that we need to find new ways to attract the talent that will be essential like never before…You have to be part of the solution.

HEAR WHAT YOUR PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES SAY

In June 2017 the AZ Cybersecurity Workforce Collaborative surveyed students, employees, employers, and educators to get a sense of what’s known (or not known) about the cybersecurity ecosystem in Arizona – and to understand the kinds of challenges that are being faced in the industry here. We received 217 responses, including 48 from employers, 52 from educators and workforce partners, and 117 from students and employees.

What matters most as your prospective employees think about their careers

Work/life balance
Company culture
Compensation
Opportunities for advancement
How interesting the work is
Location
How important the work is
Continuing education/training opportunities
Management

How likely your prospective employees are to actually pursue a career in cybersecurity

Likely
Unlikely
Undecided

OFFER WORK-LIKE EXPERIENCES

Helping fill the cybersecurity talent pool can be as simple as speaking at your local high school’s career night or as involved as offering apprenticeships – and lots in between. The continuum of work-like experiences includes:

  • Company tours
  • Guest lecturers
  • Career fairs
  • Hackathons
  • Shadow projects
  • On-the-job training
  • Internships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Mentoring
  • Classroom training
  • Externships
  • Job shadowing

Here’s what the educators we surveyed say about the help they could use from employers:

ADOPT A SUPPLY CHAIN APPROACH TO TALENT MANAGEMENT

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is engaging employers and their partners across the country in developing a new demand-driven approach – talent pipeline management – to close the skills gap. Through extending lessons learned from innovations in supply chain management, this is a call for employers to play a new and expanded leadership role as “end-customers” of education and workforce partnerships.

The AZ Cybersecurity Collaborative has launched a pilot initiative to bring this talent pipeline management approach to Arizona’s cybersecurity employers. This effort is driven by the private sector.

Learn more

PARTICIPATE IN CURRICULUM REVIEW

The AZ Cybersecurity Workforce Collaborative, Estrella Mountain Community College, and several top AZ cyber employers recently completed an in-depth curriculum review and alignment. Work on a similar process with the 4-year schools is in progress.

GET INVOLVED

GET INVOLVED