Should Your Organisation Hire for Skills, or Capabilities

September 15, 2020

By Ashish Mediratta, Vice President and Principal, Talent Transformation at Eightfold India

Many researchers have indicated that most jobs in the year 2030 have not been invented yet. Organizations worry today about finding the “right” people with the “right skills” if they are to continue to thrive / survive. And rightly so: how does one keep pace with a scenario of redundancy of “skills”, most of which have a shelf-life of a couple of years? And, how does one prepare an organization for “future skills”, when even the roles have not even been invented yet?

Workplaces usually look for a potential employee to have a certain set of skills. After all, success requires the right skills. Skills can be gained, and used to learn yet more skills and to reach new achievements. They are measurable and are the currency of any successful business strategy.

Skill is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as “proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience.” Competing and winning means getting a solid understanding of the skills held by a company’s workforce and job candidates.

How will companies hire and retain employees, if skills are continuously changing? Going beyond skill is capability. A capability is the combination of the skills, knowledge, and experiences employees need to succeed both now and in the future.

A skill shows what an employee or job candidate can do now. A capability is what someone could do, even if they haven’t done it before.

When a company can understand the capabilities of every one of its workers-and each of the individuals can also understand their own capabilities and potential-the company gains significant new powers to stay competitive in their current and potential markets. Instead of looking only for someone who knows a given computer language, for example, they could hire someone who knows a similar language, and could pick up quickly on the newer language. And the company could help prepare itself for emerging growth areas.

Or, imagine an employee who’s a little bored in their job, and looking for a new challenge. Instead of quitting, if a company and the employee had a good understanding of each employee’s capabilities, the employee could find an internal job, one they have the potential to do, even if they hadn’t done it previously. They haven’t done that exact job before. The company could see who in its own workforce has the capability to work in this growing area. Essentially, an organization should aim to understand the “capabilities” of its employees, rather than keeping records of their “skills.”

But why are we talking about offering a job to someone who never did it before? We are preparing for a new job market which does not exist at the moment. The world is adopting new technologies of the 21st century, like AI, ML, and robotics that will change the skill set requirements for jobs that do not even exist today. The skill sets required for those jobs might be fundamentally different from the ones today. Thus, the laser focus on finding people with the right skill sets must be widened to finding people with capabilities.

Capabilities are intangible assets. You can’t see or touch them, yet they can make all the difference in the world when it comes to market value.

What we can conclude is that skill sets and experiences are so variant that hiring for skills is inadequate for the future of work. What is more important is to be capable of doing a particular task. Changes in technology and business processes have always opened new job requirements. To fulfill those roles, if organizations look only for skilled workers or people with prior experience, then there might be a very tight talent pool to choose from or maybe no one to do that job at all.

Widening the scope of search from skills and experience, to capability, will increase the chances of finding a wider pool of talent that will prepare a company for future success in disciplines that do not even exist today.

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About Eightfold

Eightfold.ai delivers the Talent Intelligence Platform™, the most effective way for companies to identify promising candidates, reach diversity hiring goals, retain top performers, and engage talent. Eightfold.ai’s artificial intelligence-based platform empowers enterprises to turn talent management into a competitive advantage. Built by top engineers out of Facebook, Google, and other leading technology companies, Eightfold is based in Noida, and Mountain View, California. Recently, Eightfold.ai published its first book, What’s Next for You: The Eightfold Path to Transforming the Way We Hire and Manage Talent. For more information, visit www.eightfold.ai.


The Zerologon Vulnerability Allows Attackers to Hijack Windows Domain Controller

September 15, 2020

Please find below a comment from Satnam Narang about ‘Zerologon’, a vulnerability in Netlogon that could allow attackers to hijack Windows domain controller. The attack requires local network access, and therefore cannot be performed directly over the internet. However, once an attacker has a foothold in the target environment, they can change the administrator password on any Windows Domain Controller they can reach. Exploit scripts are already available on GitHub hence; organizations are strongly encouraged to apply patches provided by Microsoft immediately.

The disclosure of the ‘Zerologon’ vulnerability, identified as CVE-2020-1472, is a significant finding, as an attacker could exploit this flaw to reset the password of the domain administrator on an organization’s domain controller. This scenario is a game over situation for any organization.

The impact of the flaw is limited to an attacker who has already gained a foothold inside an organization’s network. Despite this limitation, an attacker could leverage any number of existing unpatched vulnerabilities to breach their target network before pivoting to compromise the vulnerable domain controller. Additionally, we foresee this flaw being a compelling addition to the toolkit of ransomware gangs, who have already wreaked havoc on private organizations, educational institutions and governments over the last few years.

As we’ve already seen several exploit scripts for this vulnerability published to GitHub, which provides a blueprint for defenders and attackers, we strongly encourage organizations to apply the patches provided by Microsoft immediately. If your domain controllers are running unsupported versions that are no longer receiving security updates from Microsoft, it is imperative to upgrade those as soon as possible.” – Satnam Narang, Staff Research Engineer Security Response.

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Light, Stylish and Wearable, AverMedia Launches AW315 Wireless Microphone for Teachers

September 15, 2020

  • AVerMedia AW315 is a light, unobtrusive, and stylish wireless microphone with high quality sound, that connects to classroom speakers, audio systems, or even projector
  • The AW315 microphone is very light, it can be easily fixed simply by being clipped to the collar without dangling

 

BENGALURU, India – September 15, 2020 – AVerMedia, a multinational company specializing in hardware for image capture and video transmission, today unveiled the launch of AW315 Wireless Microphone. The AW315 microphone is designed keeping in mind the requirements of teachers in this digital world. It is an ideal solution for daily teaching. With 2.4 GHz wireless technology, noise and speaker buzz reduction, this hands-free device not only gives total freedom to interact with students, but it also delivers the natural voice in great clarity and stability.

The AW315 comes with a built-in ground loop noise isolator, which can reduce ground loop problems caused by ground potential difference, prevent electromagnetic interference and prevent noise. AW315 provides two different speaker connection modes. It also has a Line in jack, which can be connected to other audio sources. The microphone is able to maintain a constant 360° connections to the receiver eliminating signal loss and channel interferences. Unlike IR microphones’ need for line-of-sight, or FM microphones ‘channel limitations, AVerMedia 2.4 GHz microphone always stays connected for clear, stable audio no matter where you are facing. The microphone comes with 350 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery which can be use for 8 hours from a single charge.

The receiver can pair and receive signals from two sets of microphones at the same time. The connection status can be clearly seen through the LED lights on the panel. It comes with a microphone charging stand, which can be charged directly by plugging it in. There is also a wall-hanging hole on the back of the receiver, which can be hung on the wall without occupying the desktop space. The appearance of the charging stand is relatively simple, purely designed for the convenience of charging the microphone. In addition to the charging stand, it can also be charged through the Micro USB port on the microphone. The size of the AW315 wireless microphone is very lightweight, weighing only 32g, and there is no burden even if one holds it in their hand. The power button on the microphone, can be turned off to save power when not in use, and the volume can also be directly controlled. The AW315 microphone body also comes with 3.5mm microphone input, which can be connected to a mini ear hook microphone to receive the sound, and the AW315 can be clipped to the belt or placed just in the pocket. The microphone comes with Receiver, 3.5 mm audio cable / 3.5 to 6.3 mm audio cable, USB power adapter, USB charging cable x 2, Lanyard & buckle and a Quick guide.

Price, Availability and Warranty

AW315 Wireless Microphone comes in three categories, with One channel it comes with an MRP of Rs.21574/ -, Two channel: MRP Rs. 30238/ – and with Two channel with charging dock: MRP Rs.34571/ – carrying a warranty of 2 years and is readily available for purchase at mdcomputers across India.

To know more about the product click here.

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About AVerMedia

Established in 1990, AVerMedia® is a multinational company specializing in hardware and software for imaging capturing and video transmission solutions, aiming to enrich entertainment experiences and provide effective communication between people in a wide range of professional fields. With the pursuit of continuous research and development of digital imaging technologies, AVerMedia has become one of the world’s leading digital imaging brands for consumer, corporate and industrial markets. “Embedded Vision Solutions” and “Encode & Stream” solutions are core technologies of AVerMedia. In addition to hardware development, AVerMedia is devoted to the development of proprietary software. Together with outstanding services, AVerMedia is able to offer a total solution that is tailored-made to meet customer needs. AVerMedia has been an NVIDIA Jetson partner since 2018. https://www.avermedia.com/professional/


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