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December 2011

Good information security leaders must be good security recruiters

In contrast to an environment of high unemployment and difficult economic times, the information security industry has flourished. While companies have focused their efforts on productivity and profitability by eliminating jobs across standard business functions, information security’s visibility and importance has increased. A business climate consisting of well-publicized data breaches, lucrative criminal activity, socially driven hacktivism, government regulations and new technology development has created challenging and well-compensated career opportunities for information security professionals. The initial assumption would be these roles would be easy to fill due to their importance and level of compensation, however, that is not the case. In many cases, information security professionals who are capable of filling these positions are well compensated, well thought of, and are content and secure in their current positions. This makes them difficult to recruit. Therefore, if information security leaders want to succeed in ...

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