Staffing an IT department is no easy task, especially if you're not highly technical yourself. Hiring technical talent requires technical knowledge. Management often understands the need for technical expertise but may not know the different technical skill sets required to successfully run the organization’s IT department. Not only is it wise to have technical expertise available to determine that the job is being done correctly, it is often even necessary during interviews to determine the right fit. Not only do skills need to be assessed, but cultural fit within a company is equally important and very difficult to adequately judge from an interview. As security consultants, one of the most common mistakes we see what we call "looking for the Unicorn."
Why is security important and why involve the C-suite? Cyber security is becoming an increasingly hot topic to businesses in all industries. We've seen the SEC getting involved with Investment Advisors and Broker Dealers to force improved cyber security controls. The FBI has warned multiple times about cyber security issues and encouraged even small businesses to take action ASAP. So where should businesses start? It starts from the top! Get your executive reporting and responsibilities for cyber security defined properly.
Want advice from a security expert but you’re not sure how to decide on the right person? There are tons of different certifications out there to prove the knowledge and capabilities of the people who hold them. But how do you know which profession is right for you? We’ve created a guide to the major certifications to help you decide!