Naturally, with all the cyber-security scandals, it’s increasingly vital to hire the right personnel to protect your business data.

Not only is it imperative to deal now with current cyber threats, but to protect your business in future years.

You see, cybersecurity concerns keep changing. This means it’s important for you to spot and recruit the skills for unforeseen security needs.

Here’s how to hire for the right values:

1. Discern the person’s track record

Your hiring process should encompass more than the usual and obvious credentials such certified information systems security professional (CISSP), certified information security manager (CISM) or a computer science degree.

Yes, in addition to CISSP or CISM, it’s also very helpful for a candidate to have a business background whether it be in management or at the senior level.

It really doesn’t matter how an applicant launches a career.

No matter the chronology of the person’s career path, you should recruit someone with a demonstrable record of success in security matters and real-world experience.

2. Look for an open mind

To be sure, you want a person who has mastered cybersecurity. Moreover, you need a person who thinks new, not old.

What do I mean? You need analysis and flexibility.

As cyber issues and companies continue to evolve, the person must be able to evaluate problems and deliver solutions for unique volatile situations that will haunt your business in the months and years ahead.

Otherwise, you won’t be braced for the future and benefiting from true value. Hire an expert who will continue to provide customized answers.

3. Look for tenacity to deliver strong results

You need a mindset for efficiency – not only to identify problems but a relentless pursuit to fix and prevent security holes. This requires top-quality skills.

4. Screen for collegial attributes

Mavericks don’t cut it for the 21st century. Communication is key. True professionals will know how to interface well with you and others in your organization and who will continue to work as a teammate.

Therefore, this means hiring a person who can identify, solve and explain security issues and work with you to implement corporate strategies for your business.

From the Coach’s Corner, related tips:

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Recruiting an IT Professional for Your Small Firm? 6 Tips for the Right Skills – Are you looking to add information technology personnel? You want to hire for a competitive edge, right? IT is a crucial position for you. The difference between failure and success requires reflection to hire for the right competencies.

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Key Measures to Prevent, Recover from Ransomware — Published reports indicate ransomware cost businesses $350 million in 2015. The FBI considers ransomware attacks one of the three worst cyber threats.

Best Practices to Buy Cyber Insurance for Business Security — Security has become problematic in all sectors – business, nonprofits, government, politics and individuals. The aggregate financial losses are so staggering, cyber insurance is a necessity.

9 Tips to Train Employees to Protect You from Cybercrime — It takes a team approach to protect your organization against the skyrocketing rate of cybercrime. Here are nine training precautions necessary to make sure your employees help you guard against security threats.

“Fix the basics, protect first what matters for your business and be ready to react properly to pertinent threats. Think data, but also business services integrity, awareness, customer experience, compliance, and reputation).” 

-Stephane Nappo


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.