3. Security Sourcing: Cracking The Code with Craig Searle

We need to do better at looking at the outcome we want and find the right person for that outcome. Pay less attention to the university they went to or the certification they hold.
— Craig Searle

Craig Searle is the co-founder of Australian cybersecurity consultancy, Hivint, and the security collaboration platform, Security Colony – both of which were acquired by Trustwave, an Optus company, in December 2018.

Craig has over 12 years of experience in the security industry, working in the finance, government, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors. He has been directly responsible for the delivery of a number of strategically-critical security programs for a range of clients, including a $10m PCI DSS compliance program for one of Australia’s leading health insurers, achieving compliance on-time and on budget.

During this episode, Craig offers a unique perspective on the shortage of talent in the cybersecurity industry and ways to create a proper solution. Find out if we are losing potential in house professionals to cybersecurity startups. Learn the best practices for new hire onboarding and enable your team to succeed long term.

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Time Stamps:

  • 00:32 - Craig’s background and introduction

  • 02:45 - Transitioning from a technical to a leadership role

  • 06:39 - Attracting the proper work talent to your business

  • 08:07- “One of our big beliefs is that good people attract more good people.” - Craig Searle

  • 11:54 - The role diversity plans in the hiring and sourcing plan

  • 12:19 - “Diversity is an outcome of having a successful hiring and talent acquisition process.” - Craig Searle

  • 18:01 - Analyzing the ‘skills crisis’ and creating a proper solution

  • 19:08 - “We need to do better at looking at the outcome we want and find the right person for that outcome. Pay less attention to the university they went to or the certification they hold.” - Craig Searle

  • 20:13 - Are we losing potential in house professional to Cybersecurity startups?

  • 22:44 - Enabling a team to succeed long term

  • 23:57 - Overcoming obstacles when sourcing & best practices for new team hires

  • 28:19 - Wise and valuable words to tell your younger self