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Workforce Development: How Companies Train Their Employees

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By: Tatianna

March 14, 2019

Put the “Work” in Workforce

How does a company train its employees? Current employees and new hires often undergo a training process to give them the skills needed to fulfill their role. The landscape of cybersecurity is growing increasingly complex, and the workforce gap for cybersecurity professionals is continuously expanding. This section will explore the value of cybersecurity training within an organization, some of the options available to individuals and organizations for developing cybersecurity skills in their workforce, and the methodology behind cybersecurity workforce training.

Don’t Get Lost in the Trees

What’s the value in cybersecurity training? First off, that saying, "You can't see the forest for all the trees," applies here. Don’t get lost in the minutiae! Second, step back to look at the big picture. With large data breaches and cyber attacks making headlines, organizations both public and private are realizing the importance of having a well-trained cybersecurity team. The growing workforce gap in cybersecurity has led to many organizations taking heavy losses and placing their clients at risk. Due to the high demand for cybersecurity professionals and the low supply available, these training programs are crucial towards filling the gap and providing opportunities for aspiring cybersecurity workers. Due to the ubiquity of computer technology and the associated security risks, these opportunities are available across the globe.While it may be easy to get overwhelmed by the vast catalog Cybrary offers, here’s the big picture: The wealth of training programs available to organizations helps fully train security teams. Practice Labs, Rangeforce, and Kaplan IT Training all provide hands-on training for certifications in IT, practice with real-world cybersecurity scenarios, and training for system administrators and developers. There is a wide collection of training modules and educational articles available for free, and the upgraded product, Cybrary Insider Pro, offers a personally tailored experience for you. What’s more, if you want to work with your colleagues, and/or have your training sponsored by your company, there’s also Cybrary for Business. Live training (•Cybrary LIVE), industry mentors and peer chat, and career opportunities come with the Insider Pro and Business memberships, and the free materials (articles and courses) remain accessible for further development and learning reference.

One Small Step at a Time: Train, Practice, Assess

Let’s take a step back and consider what “workforce development” is. According to Angela Stringfellow, “Workforce development works by preparing workers with the skills necessary for a specific type of job. It prioritizes the value of ongoing workplace education and skills development, as well as addresses the hiring demands of employers.”With Angela’s explanation in mind, there are three main steps in workforce development:
  • The first is training. Educational materials, including the immense catalog of material available for free at Cybrary, provide your workforce with high-quality training options. This includes instructional videos, hands-on training modules, and practice exams for professional certification.
  • The second step is practice. Virtual environments and challenges allow for in-depth experiences that prepare professionals for situations they will encounter on a day-to-day basis.
  • The third and final step is to assess. Assessment providers create profiles of employees that detail advanced skills and capabilities in the cybersecurity work environment.
Combine these assessments with robust training and practice opportunities, and you have a streamlined process for producing top talent in the cybersecurity industry.Companies that lag behind in cybersecurity put themselves at risk of data breaches, identity theft, and massive losses through attacks on digital assets such as internal systems and proprietary data. Proper workforce development in cybersecurity ensures that an organization is prepared against malicious attacks and data loss. Many training modules are available for free on Cybrary, but Cybrary Insider Pro provides a personally tailored and highly effective training experience to hone your skills and prepare for the next step. Training, practice, and assessment are three crucial steps in preparing your organization for cybersecurity threats as well as compliance to industry and government standards. The workforce gap in cybersecurity has driven a demand for high-quality training services that can be accessed and deployed across the globe. Getting information is easy, but learning is harder. Connect with professionals within the industry, and gain opportunities for organizations seeking workforce development.TL;DRIt’s important for companies to close skill gaps in their workforce through professional training. This means training new hires, providing training courses to current employees, and assessing what skills are needed within their own organization. This section details the workforce training process in cybersecurity, the importance of cybersecurity training, and resources available from Cybrary for cybersecurity training.
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