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How to Create a Cybersecurity Mentorship Program

As the talent shortage rages on, companies have found mentorship programs to be one of the best ways to obtain the security skills they need to develop their existing teams.

Steve Zurier

May 3, 2022

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Talk to managers in the security industry and they are singing the same blues: We can't find enough qualified people.

Some companies have taken matters into their own hands, starting mentorship programs that aim to take Level 1 SOC interns and turn them into threat modelers and hunters — and future red team leaders and CISOs.

It takes investing resources and maintaining tight control and follow-up on actual progress and results, whether for three-month, six-month, or yearlong programs.

"Focusing on the development of our employees – at every level – is a focus for our company," says Leslie Jones, chief human resource officer (CHRO) at Coalfire. "We could be helping an individual early in their career identify their career goals and providing some guidance, or we could deliver a broad leadership development for our leaders."

Kelly Albrink, security practice director at Bishop Fox, explains it this way: "You can't buy senior-level talent; you can only build it, and mentorships are the best way to do that."

Here's how to get a cybersecurity mentorship program launched in your organization.

About the Author(s)

Steve Zurier

Contributing Writer, Dark Reading

Steve Zurier has more than 30 years of journalism and publishing experience and has covered networking, security, and IT as a writer and editor since 1992. Steve is based in Columbia, Md.

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