Using Security Certifications to Recruit and Retain Critical Skills

Using Security Certifications to Recruit and Retain Critical Skills

This IDC Perspective discusses the use of cybersecurity certifications to recruit and retain critical skills. This document advises technology and business leaders as they determine whether it is appropriate to encourage employees to pursue certifications, support certifications financially, and use certifications in the employee recruitment process. It also discusses the role that cybersecurity certification programs play in an organization's larger professional development, recruiting, and retention efforts."Cybersecurity certification programs play an important role in our professional community," said Mike Chapple, adjunct research analyst, IT Executive Programs, IDC. "They demonstrate an individual's commitment to the profession and willingness to study cybersecurity topics with both breadth and depth. CIOs should recognize the importance of these programs but also be mindful of their limitations."

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Executive Snapshot
Situation Overview
Critical Knowledge for CIOs
Security Certifications Vary Widely in Breadth, Depth, and Rigor
Key Takeaways on Variations in Certification
Certifications Play a Useful Role in the Hiring Process
Key Takeaways for Using Certifications in the Hiring Process
Certifications Demonstrate Commitment: For Both Employers and Employees
Key Takeaways for Using Certifications to Demonstrate Commitment
Certifications May Be Tied to Turnover
Key Takeaways Regarding Turnover
Beware of Certification Collectors
Key Takeaways About Certification Collectors
Certifications May Be Required by Contract or Regulation
Key Takeaways on Required Certifications
Certifications Demonstrate Knowledge, Not Experience
Key Takeaways on Using Certifications to Demonstrate Knowledge, Not Experience
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