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Why is Hiring Cybersecurity Talent So Difficult and How to Overcome It 

The demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals is higher than ever before, as businesses grapple with the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyber threats. However, companies face significant challenges in hiring and retaining qualified talent in this field. According to the 2022 ISACA cybersecurity workforce study, 63% of security roles remain unfilled, and 60% of respondents report difficulties retaining professionals. In light of these challenges, Informatica Corporation has developed the SmartHire™ module, a solution to help organizations navigate the complexities of hiring and retaining cybersecurity and privacy professionals. 

SmartHire™ is a candidate evaluation and employee hiring system designed to address the ongoing talent shortage in the cybersecurity industry. By integrating this module into Informatica’s MPC PrivacyDASH™ and Datarisk Verify Audit Portal™ (VAP) platform, companies can streamline the hiring process while protecting applicant data in compliance with current and emerging privacy legislation. The SmartHire™ module allows management and HR departments to collaboratively review data in the platform’s Data Vault™ and evaluate competencies using built-in analytical tools. 

Utilizing a platform like SmartHire™ offers several key benefits for organizations facing challenges in hiring cybersecurity talent. These benefits include: 

  1. Ensuring the privacy of candidate data, in compliance with privacy legislation 
  2. Facilitating collaboration among hiring teams through the Data Vault™ 
  3. Streamlining the evaluation process with built-in analytical tools 

To further support the cybersecurity talent acquisition process, professionals and advisory firms can join the FlexSecure Partner Program (FPP™) directly from and recommend the PrivacyDASH™ and Verify Audit Portal™ to their clients and trusted partners. These platforms cater to various organizations, including vendors and service providers requiring standardized policy and compliance training, security and privacy managers seeking to streamline enterprise risk education, and professional services firms looking to extend their security program to their clients. 

In conclusion, the growing challenges of hiring and retaining qualified cybersecurity and privacy professionals can be effectively addressed with the help of solutions like Informatica’s SmartHire™ Candidate Evaluation and Employee Hiring System. By integrating this module into existing security and privacy management platforms, organizations can better protect candidate data, streamline the hiring process, and ultimately overcome the difficulties associated with sourcing and retaining top cybersecurity talent.