Cyber Aptitude Assessments component of IBM Kenexa Behavioral Assessments for Hourly Roles on Cloud helps organizations meet the challenge of hiring cybersecurity talent

IBM United States Software Announcement 218-098
March 27, 2018

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IBM® Kenexa® Behavioral Assessments for Hourly Roles on Cloud now includes Cyber Aptitude Assessments, a component that can help organizations meet the needs of hiring talent with critical cybersecurity skills.


  • Helps organizations select the right talent for cybersecurity roles
  • Assesses candidates' aptitude for critical cybersecurity traits
  • Predicts the candidates fit and probable performance when in cybersecurity roles
  • Helps gain competitive edge in hiring and retaining cybersecurity talent
  • Helps organizations address the cybersecurity skills gap by identifying cyber aptitude for all levels of jobs

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Cyber Aptitude Assessments, a new component of Kenexa Behavioral Assessments for Hourly Roles on Cloud, delivers a technical aptitude assessment that tests for cyber aptitude. This component helps Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) meet the challenge of selecting qualified employees for their cybersecurity jobs.

Cyber Aptitude Assessments tests candidates for the purpose of predicting performance in areas critical to the success in cybersecurity jobs. Components of the cyber assessment:

  • Personality: Preferred way of working
  • Fault finding: Ability to detect errors and identify faults
  • Checking and accuracy: Ability to be precise and check highly detailed work
  • Verbal reasoning: Ability to work with written information, such as communication manuals and learning materials

Cyber Aptitude Assessments can help organizations select and retain talent for the following roles:

  • Security Data Analysts
  • Cybersecurity Developers
  • Threat Monitoring Analysts
  • Security Operations Center Analysts
  • Command and Control Threat Hunters
  • Cyber Operations Engineers
  • Cyber Help Desk Analysts
  • Security Awareness Trainers

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Key prerequisites

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See the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

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Planned availability date

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March 27, 2018

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Cyber Aptitude Assessments assesses a candidate in the following areas:

  • Personality
    • Adaptability: Dealing with changing environment and demands
    • Attention to detail: Precision
    • Compliance: Willingness to follow fixed, agreed procedure and process
    • Composure: Self-control and emotional stability
    • Dependability: Self-discipline and thoroughness
    • Energy: Drive and effort
    • Learning inclination: Willingness to learn as well as desire to improve skills
    • Resilience: Dealing with stress and pressure
    • Team orientation: Cooperating with other analysts and sharing information
  • Fault finding
    • Designed to provide a fair, objective, rapid, and practical measure of an individual's skills in diagnosing faults in systems
    • Presents the test taker with an input of visual images, a series of functions, and a subsequent output of visual images, then asks the test taker to identify any faults in the coding system
  • Checking and accuracy
    • Presents the test taker with coded information displayed in several tables. Each table contains two columns of symbols with either four or six lines. Task is to determine whether each line in Column A of the table appears in any of the lines in Column B.
  • Verbal reasoning
    • Presents the test taker with passages of text followed by a series of statements.
    • Passages focus on topics from IT, cyber security, and new technology but no knowledge of these issues is required to answer the questions.

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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5725-P17 Cloud Service IBM Kenexa Behavioral Assessments for Hourly Roles on Cloud

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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage® and Passport Advantage Express® website.

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Product documentation, including an Administration Guide, Managers Guide, and Release Notes, are available in IBM Knowledge Center.

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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements
  • A direct internet connection
  • Personal Computer or tablet device with minuimum screen size of 768 pixels.
Software requirements

One of the following browsers:

  • Microsoft™ Internet Explorer 11
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

Companion products

The following products or services could be purchased with this offering:

  • IBM Kenexa Talent Acquisition Suite
  • IBM Kenexa Talent Frameworks
  • IBM Kenexa Assessments

Planning information


This offering is accessed through the internet. There is no physical media or electronic deliverable.

Security, auditability, and control

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The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

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Ordering information

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Product group: Collaboration Solutions and Talent Management

Product Identifier Description: Kenexa Behavioral Assessments for Hourly Role on Cloud (5725-P17)

Product category: IBM Kenexa Assessment products

Passport Advantage

IBM Kenexa Behavioral Assessments for Hourly Roles on Cloud (5725-P17)

Part description Part number
IBM Commercial Cyber Aptitude Test Event per Annum D1X8QLL
IBM Commercial Cyber Aptitude Test Event Overage D1X8RLL
IBM Defence Cyber Aptitude Test Core for Government Event per Annum D1X8ULL
IBM Defence Cyber Aptitude Test Core for Government Event Overage D1X8VLL
Part description Part number
IBM Defence Cyber Aptitude Test for Government in the UK, US, CAN, AUS, and NZ Event per Annum D1X8SLL
IBM Defence Cyber Aptitude Test for Government in the UK, US, CAN, AUS, and NZ Event Overage D1X8TLL

Charge metric

Program name PID number Charge metric
IBM Kenexa Behavioral Assessments for Hourly Roles on Cloud 5725-P17 Event


Event is a unit of measure by which the Cloud Service can be obtained. An Event is an occurrence of a specific event that is processed by or related to the use of the Cloud Service. Sufficient entitlements must be obtained to cover every Event during the measurement period specified in a Proof of Entitlement (PoE) or Transaction Document.

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Volume orders (IVO)


Passport Advantage applies

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Usage restrictions


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Software Subscription and Support applies


Variable charges apply


Educational allowance available

Not applicable.

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Statement of good security practices

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Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.

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