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Mentoring Services

For individuals

  • Are you an individual interested in a career in cybersecurity and unsure where to start? 
  • Or perhaps you're a current practitioner feeling disillusioned and considering leaving the profession?
  • Whilst family, friends and work colleagues can be great sounding boards; there's value in working through things with the support of someone independent with no vested interest.

For organisations

  • Are you an organisation struggling to hire cybersecurity professionals with the level of experience you want at a price you can afford? 
  • Is your anxiety level going up as each day ticks by without filling that open vacancy which means your organisation isn't as safe as you'd like?
  • We can help!  Hire a promising candidate for their passion, curiousity and tenacity.  Give them the experience they need by proxy through our mentoring-as-a-service and they'll likely become one of your top performers.
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Infographic showing Cybility's 5 step approach to mentoring for organisations

The 'Cybersecurity Skills Gap' and Mentoring-as-a-Service

In the current landscape people talk about a 'cybersecurity skills gap'; I always say it is 'an experience gap'.  Yet the pipeline of talent coming through from apprentices to graduates and career changers; all are consistently struggling to get jobs due to the lack of experience. 

I believe that there are opportunities for organisations to hire these aspiring cybersecurity professionals, acknowledge that they have less experience than the organisation would ideally like, then take a risk-based approach to it and implement a control to reduce the risk.  Mentoring can be that control.

  • The organisation benefits - by filling a vacant post, activities that were not being performed previously will be.  This will increase the organisation's cyber resilience.  It's also demonstrates the organisation's committment to developing people.
  • The aspiring cybersecurity professional benefits by (a) getting a job to pay the bills, (b) gaining real-world experience, and (c) having the reassurance of the safety-net of a mentor who can share their knowledge and experience with them.
  • The industry benefits as it's one more cybersecurity professional in the experience pool.

If you think our mentoring-as-a-service may help you, book a free discovery call to discuss next steps.

What is a mentor?

'A mentor is a more experienced individual willing to share knowledge
with someone less experienced in a relationship of mutual trust'
David Clutterbuck.

Having one or more mentors in our life can make a significant difference to both the direction and rate of growth in our chosen career, and as people. Although there are many 'flavours' of mentoring, they all have one thing in common; the mentee (person seeking support from a mentor) needs to be ready and willing to drive their own development.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a learning relationship, involving the sharing of skills, knowledge, and expertise between a mentor and mentee through developmental conversations, experience sharing, and role modelling. The relationship may cover a wide variety of contexts and is an inclusive two-way partnership for mutual learning that values differences.

Source: EMCC Global

Do you offer free sessions?

Yes.  It is restricted to private individuals and there is limited availability as per the following tiers:

Mentoring Tiers

TYPE Format Description Slots available
Formal One-to-one This is a long-term (typically a year) formal committment requiring dedicated time and effort from the mentee.  This level requires the mentee to sign a formal agreement.  I restrict this to one or two at this level at any one time. 2 (FULL)
Formal Group Through a professoinal industry body mentoring scheme, e.g. Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS). 1 cohort
(FULL)
Informal One-to-one This is reserved for a handful of ad-hoc mentees who I have offered additional sessions over time without formal committment on either side. Invitation only
Informal Group Participate in a monthly call at the CyberSecurity Mentoring Hub Yes
Ad-hoc One-to-one

I make a couple of hours available each week for anyone needing support with a particular issue or signposting where to go next. 

These slots are available on a first-come first-served basis..

If you would like to join the waiting list please sign up to Cyber Mentor Dojo.

2 to 3 every Friday

Book free 30 minute slot

 

There's no space on your free sessions, can I pay for one?

If I am oversubscribed at the time you need mentoring support, consider:

  1. reaching out to one of the other amazing mentors at the CyberSecurity Mentoring Hub or the  Cyber Mentor Dojo
  2. If you're a member of a professional industry body
    1. Reach out to someone in the network.  Lots of people are happy to support you for free on your career journey. 
    2. Find out if they have a formal mentoring scheme in place, e.g.
      1. Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS)
      2. ISACA London mentoring scheme
  3. If you still want to pay me for a session...yes, you can book a session with me (subject to availability). 

Why do you give your time for free?

It started with an observation from my husband in the summer of 2020 that I lit up when working with students on summer placement through the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) CyberFirst scheme.  Then in September I was fortunate to be on a webinar panel with Noureen Njoroge, founder of the (Global) Cybersecurity Mentoring Hub.  Hearing her speak so passionately about mentoring inspired me; the rest, as they say, is history.  I do it because I get to:

  1. Inspire more people, especially black women, to join this field that can provide a rewarding career for those committed to embarking on it;
  2. Share knowledge and lessons that I have learned, and signposting may help smooth a mentee’s career journey – I wish I’d had a mentor to do that for me when I started out;
  3. See mentees express enthusiasm and passion for the field which can lead to interesting discussions and insights. 
  4. Learn something new (aka reverse-mentoring);
  5. Be reminded why I love working in cybersecurity - especially on those challenging days!

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