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Building an information security skills matrix
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of July/August 2010
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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Features in this issue
No clear answers at conference but experts urge organizations to proceed with caution.
Your information security skills matrix – that connection between your tangible skills and personal qualities – is what separates you from your peers.
Think you know all you need to know about the advanced persistent threat? We'll define APT and dispel a few myths.
Security software-as-a-service can help organizations reduce security headaches but also can present challenges.
Columns in this issue
Use an information security maturity model to illustrate how security supports the organization.
Building a career plan just might lead security professionals headfirst into some dubious challenges.
Insecure software has been a long-standing issue in the industry. Progress on secure software development is critical.