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July/August 2010

Building an information security skills matrix

Traditionally, when a company begins to search for an information security leader such as a CISO, they generally create a job description. Most standard job descriptions contain a detailed list of skills, experiences and certifications needed to be considered for a specific role. The more advanced the position, the more detailed the list. At face value, the resumes of many senior information security professionals are able to match job requirements that are outlined in standard CISO or information security leader positions. However, while it may be easy for many experienced information security professionals to believe they have the credentials to qualify for senior roles, many fall short. The primary reason is not due to experience or certifications, but due to a blend of tangible and intangible skills that cannot exclusively be found on resumes. As we look into the future and enterprises ingrain security into the corporate culture, competition for these positions will be increasingly difficult. Information security ...

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