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As one of the fastest growing cyber security companies in the UK, we’re always on the look-out for talented people to join our team. And we’re constantly looking to do things better. That includes how we go about finding fresh recruits to work with us, learn with us and grow with us, and help us to be the best we can be for our customers around the world every single day.

We’re proud of our innovation, superb team spirit, the support we provide for every member of our team to continually develop, and our customer obsession. So it’s important that we bring in like-minded individuals who are curious, adaptable and hungry to learn about all-things cyber security.

So when we started thinking about how we assess and select the most suitable candidates for our first-ever Graduate Programme, we decided to try something out of the box – a Capture the Flag event. We’ve invited around 60 of the strongest candidates from more than 300 who initially applied to take part.

Capture the Flag

Lots of recruitment processes we’ve seen are either nerve-wrecking for participants or don’t promise to give the employer a balanced view of people’s all-round capabilities. So, when we started talking to Yorkshire-based company Capture The Talent, we knew we’d discovered an exciting way to find the next generation of enthusiastic cyber security professionals.

As the first company to use their Capture the Flag events as part of our recruitment process, we’re very excited to be teaming up with Capture The Talent to find the most suitable graduates to contribute to our continuing growth in a fast-paced and rapidly expanding industry,

         says Federico Charosky, Quorum Cyber Founder & CEO.

At the beginning of June, Capture The Talent will organise and host a two-day recruitment event for us called Capture the Flag (CTF). It’s designed to test a candidate’s skills using a variety of interesting challenges as well as assessing their soft skills. There are seven technical challenges that contestants will have to tackle:

  • Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT)
  • Pwn
  • Web applications
  • Forensics, also known as Digital artifacts
  • Cryptography
  • Steganography
  • Infrastructure.

Each of these categories consists of a few tests which vary in difficulty level from easy to hard.  Capture The Talent’s team will score everyone on how well they do in each one.

We’re over the moon to be working with Quorum Cyber. Approaching recruitment with a practical, no-nonsense attitude is what we’re all about, and we can’t wait to see how the CTF participants fare completing our challenges,

         explains Shaun Whorton, Co-Founder and CTO of Capture The Talent.

Qualifying for the next stage

As Quorum Cyber exists to defend our customers against cyber security breaches, great communication and team-work is essential because we need to talk to, and report to, our customers around the globe. So while participants will be trying to impress us with their IT and cyber skills, we’ll also be assessing their soft skills such as collaboration and communications – including their writing.

Of the 60 graduates, the 25 who are the best fit based on how they perform and interact with others will qualify for the next stage of the recruitment process to join Quorum Cyber’s inaugural Graduate Programme. What will the next challenge entail? Well, we’re currently working on this and will reveal more in part two of this blog in a few weeks’ time.

Pioneering change in cyber security

Capture The Talent was formed in response to market demand for a better way of hiring cyber candidates. We support organisations with recruitment processes through the creation of CTF events and lab environments,

         says Amy Stokes-Waters, Capture The Talent’s Commercial Director.

We’re looking forward to the event in early June and will let you know how the day unfolds and what lessons we learn – so watch this space! In the meantime, you can find out more about Quorum Cyber on our website.