Here, women in tech attend a hacker career fair. (Gunjan Sondhi/CC BY-SA 4.0)

Despite the complexity of skills required to properly address information security, candidates are rarely put to the test before hiring – opening companies up to a range of risks, from simple workforce churn to breaches.

The problem, say community recruiters and trainers, is not simple failure to bother: effective evaluation of cyber candidates often takes a mix of technology and expertise that few employers have at their disposal, not to mention a skills gap already makes qualified candidates difficult to find. Nonetheless, companies are taking significant chances.

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