Top 5 skills to look for when hiring your next IT Security Employee
Cyber security had become one of the hottest topics in media by the end of 2015. Various companies and financial institutions had experienced such troubles like data breach, malware infections and more.
This year governments and private organizations all over the world continue to implement cyber crime prevention measures.
With the growing number of threats companies started to realize their critical need for IT security professionals, especially Penetration Testers. Those experts join companies to find vulnerabilities, monitor and secure the data, and protect the networks from future attacks. Hackers with bad intentions usually break into less secure systems.
Thousands of job positions in the IT security field open up yet companies have a hard time filling those. There is a serious lack of skilled IT Security professionals.
Companies, instead of just competing for the top talent, are now also training their existing IT staff to be their future IT Security professionals. Fact is, not all organizations will be able to hire the experts they need!
If you are lucky enough to get Penetration Testers in for an interview, then here is some advice. Our IT security researcher Francesco Stillavato shares some tips on skills you have to pay attention to when hiring your next IT security employee:
- Programming/Scripting skills
Although the Penetration Tester will not code all day long, knowing the most important programming languages is something he really needs. It will help him understand the tools and applications that he might use or test better. Moreover, knowing some scripting languages will surely help him to speed up and automate most of his tasks.
- Good technical fundamentals
A very deep understanding of networking and network protocols is one of the most important skills he needs to have. If a Penetration Tester knows the fundamentals, he will be able to understand everything built on them!
- Mastering different operating systems
During a Penetration Testers career he will be “forced” to use different operating systems. Knowing how those systems work, where the information is stored and how to configure it is very important.
- Security background
A wide cyber security background is mandatory here! This means the professional Penetration Tester knows and understands system security, web application security, mobile security and so on. He may be an expert in one of these fields, but should always keep himself up-to-date.
- Writing and reporting skills
At a certain point your Penetration Tester will have to talk with the non-tech savvy employees. He must be able to explain anything related to IT Security without diving into the technical details.
In case you’ve already hired the IT Security employee before reading this article, but still don’t know if you hired the reliable one, we recommend you to review his profile. There is always an option to give your employee additional training. eLearnSecurity provides many comprehensive and practical IT security training courses.
Your Penetration Tester can upgrade his skills to a higher level, most of our courses are designed to train practically against real world attacks, using the most sophisticated, industry leading and practical virtual lab named “Hera Lab”.
To get started your IT security expert should look through the free demo of our courses and then decide which ones help him the most in protecting your network:
Your IT security employee has to be able to protect your data from any attacks against your network or web apps. Invest in the skills of your IT security team now, don’t wait until it’s too late.
We have got some interesting comments on the issue above and here are some of them:
Evan Bloom Great points Alissa Abaskanova. As a PR consultant that focuses on the risk and security industry I am please to see you included number five – Writing and reporting skills. All too often members of the C-suite, who have no technical knowledge, will want a written or verbal explanation in simple terms about what went wrong, why, how and what is being done to fix the issue – and when things will be back to normal – not to mention ‘what are we doing to see this never happens again?’ The head of the IT security team, or CIO, will have to answer these questions in such a way that all stakeholders understand the message – including the company spokesperson who may have to answer media questions. Most importantly, sometimes IT security leads find it ‘challenging’ to answer questions about what happened from company employees that are not part of the greater IT team. Good post, thanks.