Employee Spotlight: Ryan Gore
The study of human behavior, social relationships, and population-level social change – sociology – was the unexpected path that led Ryan Gore to cybersecurity. In fact, he says that his background helped to “make me a unicorn hunter.”
What unicorns, and how did that happen? Ryan explains the unicorns first. In his role as a Corporate Recruiter at NetCentrics, working with Sylwia Winchester and others, he searches and finds some of the rarest employees: those who possess super-specific technical bona fides and clearances from the U.S. government.
“It’s sourcing talent that is already in high demand in private industry, and within that small subset, finding people that have Secret and Top Secret clearances. On top of that now, proof of vaccination and DoD8570.01 Compliance. Unicorns, really.”
In the process, Ryan is in the middle of some of the most impactful hiring decisions affecting some of the most critical U.S. infrastructure.
Sourcing Premium Talent with Secret and Top Secret Clearances
Ryan spends the bulk of his time connecting with talent through internal recruitment methodology. But he’s also active on LinkedIn (connect with him here). He encourages prospective job seekers to connect, even if they don’t have security clearances yet. Not all the open positions at NetCentrics require security clearance credentials. Others require certifications like DoD 8570 compliance (Department of Defense), IAT versions 1, 2, or 3. It really depends on the role.
“This is a tight labor market right now, a truly candidate driven market” says Ryan. “We are actively pursuing placement for between 20-30 positions every day. We’re part of the process from sourcing to submitting offers and placing talent into very important, mission-critical roles.” All of these positions are related to cybersecurity and national defense.
Non-Traditional Backgrounds Welcome to Apply
There is already high demand for cybersecurity talent, which jumped further due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this year FedScoop reported that Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, CIO of the Joint Staff of the Department of Defense, told the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee: “I think the divide between the need is growing compared to what we’re able to fulfill. I’m not sure we’re closing the gap, and time is ticking for us to do so.”
Ryan understands that cybersecurity talent can grow from any number of personal and professional backgrounds. “If you have the skills, and the proper certifications for a specific job, that’s what really matters,” says Ryan. Cyber defense is constantly evolving, so diverse backgrounds bring with them novel approaches to problem-solving.
Ryan is among several NetCentrics employees with backgrounds that outsiders might consider unconventional for cybersecurity, such as visual design. As an undergraduate at West Virginia University, Ryan got his degree in sociology and anthropology.
“My degree focused on how people think, and why they act the way they do. This training is beneficial for recruiting because it helps me see the strengths people bring to a position. It’s also helpful in the broader view of cybersecurity. Adversaries are people, too.”
Ryan spends his time outside work with his girlfriend, Gabrielle, and puppy, Emmy. They enjoy exploring the breweries and wineries in and around their home in Leesburg, Virginia.
“If you have the skills, and the proper certifications for a specific job, that’s what really matters”