Neurodiversity, neurodivergence and cyber

There’s said to be some 3.5 million unfilled jobs in cybersecurity.

So organisations are having to look beyond their conventional methods, and talent pools, to fill vacancies.

Until recently, though, little attention was paid to neurodiversity, and the idea that neurodivergent candidates — including people with ADHD and autism — can be highly effective cyber specialists. 

One reason is that neurodivergent people face challenges in the workplace, and might need adjustments. But the recruitment and hiring process is often stacked against them too. As a result, bright and talented people often face long-term unemployment.

Can this be changed? Our guests this week think it can. Rob Demain is CEO and founder of e2e-assure, and Emma Philpott is CEO of IASME. Both have direct experience of recruiting neurodivergent applicants and helping them to build careers.

They spoke to editor Stephen Pritchard about how recognising neurodiversity benefited both employers and employees, and whether other firms could, and should, follow their lead.

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