Focus on Security launches to tackle cybersecurity recruitment challenges

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Focus on Security – the cybersecurity recruitment agency, today announced the company’s launch and its mission to help the cybersecurity industry address its recruitment challenges, such as the growing shortage of skilled resource, compliance with IR35 regulations, and hybrid working. Focus on Security will be led by Jamal Elmellas, a qualified CLAS consultant with over 19 years’ experience in the security space. A former practitioner turned recruiter, Jamal has a unique understanding of the soft and hard skills, theoretical and practical knowledge required to fulfil specific roles.

Demand for cybersecurity talent has grown exponentially over the course of the pandemic and is expected to continue to rise. The Office for National Statistics reported an increase of 55% during Q1 2020 and 22% in Q2 2021 in vacancies in the field of information and communications, while LinkedIn currently has over 22,500 vacancies listed in the UK. A report published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in March 2021, found the market needs to attract 17,500 cybersecurity professionals a year to keep up with demand but only 7,500 are entering the profession.

Businesses are struggling to fill the available roles, leaving 61% of cybersecurity teams understaffed, according to ISACA’s State of Cybersecurity 2021 report, with half saying they did not believe candidates were well qualified. There’s also evidence of conflict internally, with the survey revealing only 31% thought the HR team understood the hiring needs of the security team. But the recruitment industry itself is also a contributing factor with the DCMS report claiming unsuitable recruitment methods are stopping some candidates from finding roles.

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“Many of the top performers in the cybersecurity space got there via unconventional career paths but they had the core skills needed to excel in the industry. We recognise that talent and are able to assess suitability based upon our experience in the industry. By looking holistically at candidates and the needs of the security team we can significantly improve the calibre of the candidates being put forward.” – Jamal Elmellas, Chief Operating Officer for Focus on Security.

“We’re delighted to announce the launch of Focus on Security run by cybersecurity professionals for cybersecurity professionals. The agency is headed up by Jamal Elmellas, a respected cybersecurity consultant and entrepreneur whose previous roles within the field include Principal Security Consultant and Founder at Data Barrier and CTO and Founding Partner at Auriga Consulting, now part of Cyberfort Group. Jamal is passionate about the industry and will be heading up a team where each of the consultants specialises in a specific security niche, making them experts in the field.”   – Lloyd Gordon, CEO, Focus on Cloud Group.

Focus on Security is part of the Focus Cloud Group, a recruitment agency comprised of five agencies all operating within specialist fields. The launch of the cybersecurity arm follows that of Focus on LifeScience (January 2021), Focus on ServiceNow (November 2020), Focus on Salesforce (August 2020), Focus on SAP (March 2020) and Focus on Cloud (2015), and the group’s rapid expansion into these new markets is testament to its success in the face of challenging economic conditions over the past two years.

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