Tag: Cyber security

The offering strengthens job post verifications

In a recent announcement on Monday, LinkedIn has initiated the implementation of verifications on job posts, enabling users to determine the authenticity of the poster. The verifications encompass various aspects, including affiliation with an official company page, verification of work email or workplace, and validation of government ID through CLEAR. This step is part of LinkedIn’s ongoing efforts to enhance transparency and security within its platform.

Earlier in April, LinkedIn introduced additional means for recruiters and job seekers to verify their accounts at no cost. These methods include government ID verification and confirmation of work email addresses. Moreover, companies utilizing the Microsoft Entra platform can issue digital workplace IDs, further bolstering verification processes.

To combat potential scams and protect users, LinkedIn will now flag messages containing “high-risk content.” These include instances where recruiters request applicants to continue conversations on alternative platforms, which could indicate fraudulent activities. This measure aims to address the proliferation of fake job applicants and deceptive job ads that have become more prevalent amid the pandemic and the rise of remote work.

During the summer of 2022, the FBI issued a warning regarding fraudulent candidates utilizing deepfake technology to conceal their identities. Such individuals would infiltrate companies, gain access to company logins, and compromise sensitive information. To safeguard against these schemes, experts advise HR departments and recruiters to exercise due diligence by thoroughly verifying employee documents, examining social media profiles, and paying close attention during video interviews. It is crucial not to overlook any feelings of unease or suspicion, as they may indicate potential scams, as advised by industry professionals.

In addition to the risks faced by job seekers, fake job ads can also have detrimental effects on employers already struggling to find qualified talent. Building trust throughout the recruitment process is paramount, and a poorly executed recruiting arm can easily appear illegitimate. For instance, Indeed’s support page regarding job scams highlights unprofessional communication and missing contact information as warning signs associated with potentially fraudulent job ads.

Share this article on social media

Lack of cyber security knowledge cited as biggest barrier against attracting new talent

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology has partnered with The SANS Institute, the world’s largest provider of cyber security training, to launch Upskill in Cyber a free training programme aimed at tackling the skills shortage in cyber security.

So far, the programme has trained over 200 students from non-cyber backgrounds. The programme, lasting 14 weeks, offers candidates world-class training and support, helping them gain first-hand access to industry professionals to better understand rising threats, roles, and responsibilities. Many have gone on to secure guaranteed job interviews upon successful completion of the training programme.

Research by SANS Institute found that 44% of the UK workforce have considered a career change in the last year. However, only 6% have taken an interest in pursuing a career in cyber security – despite ranking; better pay, career advancement opportunities and flexible working as the top three benefits. This is due to a lack of understanding about the industry, roles available or the skills needed to consider pursuing a career in cyber security

Around 12.5% of the UK workforce identified the need for sector-specific qualifications as one of the main factors preventing them from pursuing a career in cyber security and 25% of career switchers rank a lack of knowledge as a significant deterrent in considering a career in the cyber security sector.

Minister for Science, Innovation, and Technology, Viscount Camrose, said: “The UK is rapidly establishing itself as a world leader in cyber security, and ensuring people have the skills they need to access jobs in the industry is key to cementing and expanding that reputation. The Upskill in Cyber programme lets us do exactly that – removing knowledge and skills barriers for aspiring cyber security professionals, and supporting them into the exciting new careers which fuel innovation, drive growth and protect our economy.”

Stephen Jones, Managing Director of SANS Institute added, “We have found that certain businesses lack the incident response and governance cyber security skills needed to face up to the realities of a challenging threat landscape. Our training programme helps to eradicate these skills gaps, breaking down barriers to facilitate the transition into a career in cyber.”

More information can be found at: https://www.sans.org/mlp/upskillcyber/

Share this article on social media