Monday Feb 05, 2024

#167 - Cybersecurity Apprenticeships (with Craig Barber)

In this episode of CISO Tradecraft, host G Mark Hardy is joined by guest Craig Barber, the Chief Information Security Officer at SugarCRM. They discuss the increasingly critical topic of cybersecurity apprenticeships and Craig shares his personal journey from technical network engineer to CISO. They delve into the benefits of apprenticeships for both the individual and the organization, drawing parallels with guilds and trade schools of the past and incorporating real-world examples. They also look at the potential challenges and pitfalls of such programs, providing insights for organizations considering creating an apprenticeship scheme. Lastly, they examine the key attributes of successful apprentices and how these contribute to building stronger, more diverse cybersecurity teams.

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  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:23 Understanding Cybersecurity Apprenticeships
  • 02:43 The Role of Mentorship in Cybersecurity
  • 04:09 The Benefits of Cybersecurity Apprenticeships
  • 07:17 The Evolution of Apprenticeships in the Tech Industry
  • 10:00 The Value of Apprenticeships in Building Loyalty
  • 11:08 The Difference Between Internships and Apprenticeships
  • 15:32 The Role of Apprenticeships in Addressing the Skills Shortage
  • 19:15 The Challenges of Implementing Apprenticeships
  • 26:28 The Future of Cybersecurity Apprenticeships
  • 44:32 Conclusion: The Value of Cybersecurity Apprenticeships

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