Assessing Team Cyber Skills

by RangeForce Team

Cybersecurity leaders spend a lot of time wondering how strong their team’s defenses are.  For many teams, a rude awakening comes in the form of a cyber attack —sometimes minor, sometimes not so minor—that exposes cracks in the cybersecurity armor. The fear of having weaknesses exposed by a breach results in stress, and perhaps some sleepless nights, for those in charge of security teams. 

Throughout this blog post, we will delve into how you can effectively assess team cyber skills, and why it’s important to do so on a regular basis. We will also discuss strategies for developing a tailored cybersecurity training plan that caters to the unique needs of your talent pool.

Finally, we'll explore methods for measuring the impact of your team's cybersecurity training efforts and ensuring continuous improvement in this critical domain. By following these steps, you can strengthen your organization’s defenses against ever-evolving cyber threats.

Understanding Your Team's Current Skill Set

The first step in assessing your team's cybersecurity skills is understanding their current skill set. Begin by conducting an inventory of each member's qualifications and experience levels in various aspects of cybersecurity such as threat hunting, incident response, network security, or application security. This information can help you create a baseline understanding of where the strengths and weaknesses lie within your team.

Evaluating Individual Performance

Once you have established a baseline understanding of each individual's expertise, evaluate their performance using practical exercises that simulate real-world scenarios. Upskilling platforms (like RangeForce) offer hands-on training designed to test specific competencies while providing valuable feedback on areas needing improvement.

  • Cyber Range or Team Threat Exercises: These are simulated environments that allow participants to practice responding to realistic cyberattacks under controlled conditions.Participating in team threat exercises helps measure the technical and soft skills of a team in a simulated attack, providing a measure of the team’s defensive capabilities.
  • Skill Assessments: Online quizzes or tests can be used alongside practical exercises to gauge theoretical knowledge in addition to applied abilities.

External Feedback

In addition to internal assessments, consider seeking external feedback. This can provide an unbiased perspective on your team's capabilities and highlight areas for improvement. Some options include:

  • Third-Party Assessments: Engaging a third-party cybersecurity firm to evaluate your team's skills and processes can offer valuable insights into their effectiveness.
  • Cybersecurity Competitions: Encourage team members to participate in cybersecurity competitions, which are designed to test participants' abilities against other professionals in the field while fostering collaboration and learning.

Taking these steps will help you gain a comprehensive understanding of your cybersecurity team's current skills and identify any gaps that need addressing. With this information in hand, you'll be better equipped to develop targeted training plans aimed at enhancing their overall performance and protecting your organization from cyber threats.

Identifying Knowledge Gaps on Your Team

One way to ensure your team remains effective and up-to-date on the latest threats and best practices is by identifying gaps in their cybersecurity knowledge. This process involves evaluating individual skill sets, recognizing areas that need improvement, and addressing these weaknesses through targeted training programs.

Skills Assessment

The first step towards identifying gaps in your team's cybersecurity knowledge is conducting a thorough skills assessment. This can be achieved through various methods such as self-assessments, peer evaluations, or utilizing specialized cybersecurity assessment tools. By gathering data on each team member's strengths and weaknesses, you will gain valuable insights into where additional training may be required.

Analyzing Industry Trends

To keep pace with the rapidly changing world of cybersecurity, it is essential to analyze industry trends and requirements regularly. Attend reputable cybersecurity conferences; subscribe to newsletters, podcasts, or blogs (hey, you’re reading one!) that provide updates on emerging threats and new technologies or methodologies being adopted within the field. Understanding these developments will help identify any potential gaps in your team's current skill set which may require further education.

Prioritize Training Needs Based on Risk

  • Risk Profile: Consider your organization's specific risk profile when prioritizing training needs. What types of threats are commonly faced by organizations of your size, function, industry? What skills are needed to combat those threats?
  • Compliance Requirements: Compliance with industry-specific regulations, such as GDPR or HIPAA, may necessitate additional training for your team. Ensure that all relevant personnel are knowledgeable about these requirements and their implications on cybersecurity practices.
  • New Technologies: As new technologies emerge within the field of cybersecurity, it is vital for professionals to stay informed and adapt accordingly. For instance, if your organization plans on adopting IoT devices, make sure your team understands the unique associated security challenges.

Create a Culture of Continuous Learning

A critical aspect of addressing gaps in cybersecurity knowledge is fostering a culture of continuous learning within your organization. On-demand upskilling helps ensure cybersecurity pros stay up-to-date against the latest threats. By promoting ongoing education among staff members at all levels, you will help ensure that everyone remains well-equipped to tackle emerging cyber threats effectively.


By identifying gaps in team member knowledge, you can develop a training plan that addresses those areas and improves their overall skill set. Measuring the impact of your team's cybersecurity training will help you determine its effectiveness and identify any further areas for improvement.

Don't let your team fall behind in today's rapidly evolving threat landscape: Assess their cyber skills regularly and provide them with the training they need to stay ahead of potential attacks. Get a custom demo and see how RangeForce helps cyber leaders sleep better.

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