Originally broadcast on: Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 16:00 (GMT)

Recruitment and retention in information security: energising the talent market or causing a genuine cyber-skills gap?

In this episode of teissTalk we discussed:

  • Are some skills sets more transferable than others for cyber security careers?
  • Moving away from a blame culture to retain your best security staff
  • Do we have a misalignment of expectations, rather than a skills shortage?


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Jenny Radcliffe

Jenny Radcliffe, also known as “The People Hacker,” is a world renowned Social Engineer, hired to bypass security systems through a no-tech mixture of psychology, con-artistry, cunning and guile. 

Jenny is a sought after keynote speaker, panelist and moderator at major conferences and corporate events, both in-person and online,  is a  TEDX contributor and is host of her own multiple award winning podcast series.


Greg van der Gaast

Head of Information Security
The University of Salford

A speaker and frequent contributor to industry podcasts, Greg is an expert in proactive Information Security Management.

He has a 2-decade-long track record of rapidly identifying and rectifying issues that have gone unnoticed for years through a holistic yet highly detail-oriented approach and building Information Security programmes and organisations with the visibility to catch these issues and eliminate their root causes upstream through business engagement, dramatically raising assurance levels while reducing costs.

In doing so he has identified numerous root causes often ignored by, and sometimes even caused by, the security industry and associated practices and is passionate about restoring attention to detail, critical thought, and a spirit of leadership and responsibility to Information Security Management.

Bharat Thakrar

Director, Professional Services
Peak Cyber Institute

Bharat is a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Advocate and Advisor to organisations – on cyber security, incident/breach response, risk resilience and skills/career development – as they undergo technological transformation and disruptive change. He has over 15 years’ experience in designing, implementing & managing end to end security, technology risk/resilience, continuity and crisis management programmes.

Nicky Keeley

Head of Cyber Security Oversight
Civil Aviation Authority

Nicole leads the team responsible for regulatory security oversight, for aviation in the UK. Her aim is to have a proportionate and effective approach that enables aviation to manage cyber security risks without compromising aviation safety, security or resilience (with particular focus on critical national infrastructure). Having worked in a variety of industries in various GRC and technical information security roles, she loves the interconnected and diverse nature of aviation.

Thom Langford

Security Advocate

Thom is an industry engaged and sought after information security subject matter expert and speaker. As Security Advocate for SentinelOne Thom is able to further explore his passion of communicating and educating on information security topics to a global audience through storytelling, humour and plain language.

He is the founder of (TL)2 Security (tl2security.com), a strategic Information security Consultancy that focuses on Virtual CISO, strategic business alignment and public speaking/advocacy for hire.

As Chief Information Security Officer of Publicis Groupe, Thom was responsible for all aspects of information security risk and compliance as well as managing the Groupe Information Security Programme. Additionally, the role was responsible for business continuity capabilities across the Groupe’s global operations.

Having successfully built security and IT programmes from the ground up Thom brings an often opinionated and forward-thinking view of security risk, both in assessments and management, but is able to do so with humour and pragmatism (mostly).

An international public speaker and award-winning security blogger, Thom contributes to a number of industry blogs and publications. Thom is also the sole founder of Host Unknown, a loose collective of three infosec luminaries combined to make security education and infotainment films. Thom can be found online at both thomlangford.com and @thomlangford on Twitter.

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