CISO Foundations – Cybersecurity Talent Strategies for CISOs by Gartner Research


Cybersecurity leaders seek to build skilled cyberteams to respond to growing threats, but are challenged by supply gaps in the talent pipeline for cybersecurity specialists. Cybersecurity leaders can use this research to learn best practices for effective talent management and development.

Accelerated digital transformation of information and services has rendered many organizations’ cybersecurity teams unable to handle increased demand for cybersecurity services. Cybersecurity leaders are experiencing challenges with sourcing talent, developing teams of skilled specialists, retaining talent, preparing for future talent demands and improving cybersecurity leadership.
To address these challenges and achieve long-term strategic objectives, chief information security officers (CISOs) should evolve their talent sourcing and development tactics. By expanding cybersecurity talent pipelines and employing progressive team development practices, cybersecurity leaders can meet demands for increased cybertalent, despite a lack of conventionally qualified hires. CISOs should also anticipate emerging cyberthreats and create new corresponding roles and skills training to address increased demand and growing threats.

While preparing cyberteams using these core talent management strategies, CISOs must simultaneously prioritize the development of their own critical leadership skills and practices to enhance the effectiveness of their security functions.

As part of Gartner’s CISO Foundations series, this research draws on our dealings with a large community of clients, with a view to providing tried-and-tested guidance for CISOs responsible for building skilled cybersecurity teams. It offers key recommendations for effective talent management and development.

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