How to hire a security guru

Friday, 27 June 2003, 12:20 PM EST

As software flaws, wireless network holes and data thieves continue to make companies vulnerable to technological bad guys, a growing need for security experts has driven more IT workers toward this constantly changing field.

However, the search for the right keymaster can be a tricky one. After all, hiring someone to watch all of a company's electronic doors can be a terrifying prospect for even the most seasoned CIO. How can a company make sure it is handing the keys to the kingdom to the right candidate?

Although the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification separates some of the wannabes from the superstars, companies still need to employ a variety of methods to find the right security guru.

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