Tapping Neurodiverse Candidates Can Address Cybersecurity Skills Shortage


At a time when there countless unfulfilled cybersecurity positions worldwide, too many companies overlook neurodiverse candidates in their hiring processes. This a huge mistake as people with autism, dyslexia, and other conditions often possess skills that are well suited for cybersecurity work. Those skills include the ability to concentrate, a capacity for recognizing anomalies, and great determination.

People with ADHD, for example, are able to hyper-focus on certain tasks, while those with autism can process complex detail-oriented tasks, and have above average recall capabilities.

However, neurodiverse people generally do not excel at acquiring certifications — common requirements for most cybersecurity jobs. Presenting a polished persona in an interview is something else they may struggle with.