SOC Implementation Engineer Job Review

I appreciate this is quite a generic title and could cover more than one type of role. From a specialist engineer covering one or more security solutions being provided in the SOC, such as a SIEM Implementation Specialist, or DDoS etc. to a more generalist IT systems engineer who has predominantly worked in a Managed Security environment. And it is very likely this latter role type is more of the entry level role that will then allow the person to develop new specialist skills that wil...
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SOC Security Analyst Job review UK

Cyber Security is a subject on virtually everyone’s mind to one extent or another, businesses are increasingly aware of the threat Cyber Security poses and they are looking at ways to mitigate the risks. As a result of this, Security Operation Centres (SOCs) are being increasing deployed, either directly by the business themselves, or as a Managed Security Service. Depending on the size and scale of the business, the SOC will have a significant resource requirement and in particular the ma...
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This is the reason why

You're better off leaving your technical & senior recruitment to the specialists. There are numerous Blogs and Articles out there about the true cost of recruitment, I have written a couple myself and its generally true to say that if you ask most hiring managers and HR Recruiting partners, they will totally underestimate these costs. The first and sometimes only cost that is normally taken into considerations is, ‘how much the recruiter charges’ or ‘how much it costs to employ your own ...
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Retained Search @ (Virtually) Zero Risk

Most of the ICT hiring managers I speak to recognise the real value of using search over other recruitment methods. They see that, when it’s done properly, it usually provides consistent and predictable results, that they will get to see top achieving candidates and that these will have been matched to their business. They also understand, generally, that although it costs a little more and there is a commitment fee to pay up front, that actually it costs less in the long run because of th...
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5 Reasons Your Top Performers Will Leave Your Business

And this is in order of priority. As search consultants, we are always talking to our market's top performers and high achievers -a key part of our role is to get people to consider leaving their current employer to move to work for our clients business. As such, we need to have a deep understanding of the motivation for a person to leave the role they are in. We need to be sure there is a positive reason why they would leave their current job, it’s not just about dangling a carrot, whatev...
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If you think Professionals are expensive, wait until you see how much amateurs cost you!

We have all seen this headline on various posts on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook etc., and most comments are totally in agreement with the sentiment, until it comes to ICT recruitment that is! It is astonishing how the IT and Tech world seem to be so totally reluctant to pay professional fees to secure the Critical Talent they need for their business. By Critical Talent I mean the people you need to make it happen, to make it work or to bring about the changes that are needed etc.  These are...
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Horses for courses – or, why one size recruiter doesn’t fit all types of opportunity!

Perhaps one of the most consistent problems we hear from hiring managers, when they are looking to hire someone with very specific skills & experience  is how frustrating the whole process can be, they engage with a generalist recruiter or two or three and then just don’t through get the candidates profiles they need from these suppliers. The basic reason for this is that their requirement is very specific, they are looking for people with a certain set of skills and a certain level and e...
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How to manage your critical recruitment – – THE RETAINER

Retained Search! In an earlier post I asked the question; ‘Are you frustrated with your hiring process’ and I have produced a report from a survey carried out within an international recruitment company suggesting the top 6 reasons why you may be having difficulty. In order to effectively manage your critical recruitment you simply must address each point raised in this report, whether you are trying to manage the recruitment process yourself, looking to your ‘In-house Recruiters’ or goi...
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Did you know the skills gap in ICT is hurting Your business?

And with employment in this area expected to grow at around 5 times the UK average over the next decade, unless something is done it will only get worse. There are numerous reasons for this but possibly the most worrying is that the standard of education curriculum as steadily declined at all levels from schools to universities over the past 10 plus years. If this doesn’t change the skills gap can only get worse. And this is going to impact your business, what it means for you...
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