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Should BAE Use Virtual Screening to Fight Cyber-Crime?

Clare Hopping

Should BAE Use Virtual Screening to Fight Cyber-Crime?

 Gerard van der Schaaf/flickrAs the threat of cybercrime grows around the world, defence giant BAE Systems is striving to boost its capabilities in this area by recruiting recent graduates.

As the use of technology grows, so, unfortunately, does its potential for abuse. BAE Systems has responded by recruiting 98 recent graduates (a third of the total 2015 intake) as part of its Systems’ Applied Intelligence scheme. With enough talented personnel in this area, the firm hopes to offer effective solutions for the constantly developing problem of cybercrime.

A Growing Problem

According to BAE Systems, the Metropolitan police said that their yearly cybercrime caseload stands at 54,000 complains. Cybercrime is huge, meaning that governments and businesses need to find real ways to protect themselves, while those actually fighting it, like BAE Systems, need to recruit people who are smarter and more motivated than the criminals they hope to stop.

The current generation of graduates grew up with computers and as such, recruiting graduates fresh from academia means BAE will be recruiting staff who understand the intricacies of using the internet to fight crime.

What Is BAE Doing?

A large number of BAE Systems’ graduate recruits are from the I.T., physics, and engineering fields. The company will channel these recruits into the BAE Systems Applied Intelligence scheme, giving them access to intense training and the latest technology.

Dr. Scott McVicar, Managing Director of Cyber Security at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, observed that “private and public sector organisations are calling for greater protection from criminal and politically motivated attacks.” He described how the recruits will get their hands on “some of the world’s most advanced threat detection and prevention solutions.”

How Do They Do It?

According to Recruiter, BAE is currently running its recruitment entirely in-house. The company has a great deal of followers online, with thousands of website views and Twitter followers. BAE Systems as a whole has top-class reputation, considered one of the most respected firms in the UK. But is there an opportunity to refine this system?

How Can LPR Help?

BAE Systems must be faced with many more potential recruits than they can afford to hire, given their reputation. Meanwhile, new recruits in this sector will need a very precise skill set, requiring the latest knowledge, canny problem-solving skills, and enough integrity to make the people at BAE systems trust them with powerful technology.

BAE need graduates that can communicate with contacts from top businesses worldwide. This means that screening would be of great benefit to BAE and other companies in a similar situation.

LaunchPad Recruits' video interviewing software would allow a company to screen a large number of candidates quickly. Rather than having to book an in-person interview or telephone call for each candidate, all a recruiter needs to do is record one video and send it to candidates, who then record a video response.

This significantly reduces the time and workload that is associated with recruiting while ensuring that there is no accidental bias – each candidate will answer exactly the same questions.

More time means more possibilities: a company like BAE Systems might very well benefit from making enquiries with dark horse candidates. You never know where the perfect recruit will be found. At the same time, if a given candidate ultimately fails to make the grade, the time “wasted” on them is negligible.

BAE Systems will definitely have a very complex set of hiring criteria, meaning that deliberation over candidates will be very important. LaunchPad’s system allows firms to rate, share, and comment on individuals for fast recruiting collaboration and decision making.

With a high-tech problem to fight and a high-tech industry to fight it, it seems like a high-tech recruiting solution is in order. A system like the one offered by LaunchPad Recruits will give a company like BAE Systems the breadth and precision that its recruiting needs demand.

(Main image credit: Gerard van der Schaaf/flickr)

Clare Hopping

Clare Hopping has been involved in the recruitment of both full-time employees and freelance staff for ten years. She specialises in recruiting staff via social media and digital platforms.