Point3 Security Introduces Talent Screening Service to Assess, Identify and Upskill Top Cybersecurity Talent

Identifies Talent with The Right Skill Sets, Drive and Initiative; Ensures and Proves Bias-Free Candidate Evaluations. “A Jungle Gym for Pentesters,” Users Say.

Point3 Security, the leader in advanced training of cybersecurity professionals through gamified challenges, introduces its Talent Screening service to help organizations identify the optimal talent for their needs, both in hiring and during upskilling, with unprecedented efficiency, economy and precision.

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“Point3 Security allowed us to not only pick someone with the right skillset, but also to assess their drive and initiative to complete the challenges,” said Brian Hubbard, Director of Commercial and Cybersecurity for Edwards Performance Solutions.

“Point3 Security allowed us to not only pick someone with the right skillset, but also to assess their drive and initiative to complete the challenges, and that’s the kind of leadership that we really needed,” said Brian Hubbard, Director of Commercial and Cybersecurity for Edwards Performance Solutions, productivity experts serving government and commercial clients. “Without Point3 Security, the decision to hire would have been very difficult. One senior person that looked great on paper was out-performed by a junior analyst.”

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Point3’s ESCALATE ecosystem is a gamified, hands-on platform that helps cultivate and measure talent, and allows cybersecurity professionals to continually “upskill” with engaging, gamified challenges that help them keep pace with the constantly shifting threat landscape. “It’s like a jungle gym for pentesters,” Hubbard said.

The Talent Screening service from Point3 is powered by their known ecosystem, ESCALATE, and is the latest addition to the Point3 Security products. Its self-paced challenges also give employers insight on assessing and helping employees continually advance and push themselves farther in their chosen field. ESCALATE helps organizations assess skills that they cannot otherwise necessarily learn from a candidate’s degrees, credentials or resume.

Identify, Fairly Evaluate and Hire the Right Talent

In too many organizations, cybersecurity candidate screening is conducted by people with little background in security, and who rely solely on resumes and credentials – important data, but which do not reflect a candidate’s actual skills and initiative. A poor fit to the organization’s challenges often results in cybersecurity talent turnover at rates significantly higher than in other areas of a company. Also, senior resources may be recruited for roles and responsibilities that a company’s existing talent might be better and more immediately suited for.

The Point3 Security’s Talent Screening service lets recruiters and hiring companies provide candidates with CTF, Pentest and other challenges. Resulting metrics let the hiring organization fairly analyze the results of all applicants, including current in-house talent, and move forward with their top talents. It helps companies eliminate the human biases that enter the hiring process and puts all applicants in the hiring pool in a clearer light. For example, the service reveals the drive, skills and characteristics that help a red or purple teamer succeed, which are different from those of a successful blue team member and are essentially undetectable by traditional means.

It also introduces tangible and important new transparency and fairness proof points to the candidate evaluation process, and helps organizations demonstrate that unintended biases do not influence skills evaluation during hiring processes.

“Point3 Security’s Talent Screening service prevents the inadvertent screen out of top performers due to over-reliance on outdated metrics, and it also ensures and demonstrates that unintended biases have no place in the organization’s cybersecurity talent recruitment and hiring process,” said Evan Dornbush, CEO, Point3 Security. “We are very proud of the role that the ESCALATE ecosystem plays in helping organizations nurture and upskill their best security talent. We are especially pleased with the initial market reception that the Talent Screening service, the latest generation of ESCALATE, is receiving among early users. It’s an important new offering and further advances our mission to help organizations and cybersecurity professionals advance in their chosen field, while addressing the cybersecurity talent recruitment and retention challenges faced by many organizations today.”

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