Does The Computer Security Expert In Your Office Know What They Are Doing?

Some people think that if you know one aspect of computers then you know about them all.

Even some of the people who work on computers believe that.

The truth is, even though it may not seem like it, the computer is full of very different and very complicated parts and then, out of those parts, each one has several layers that it operates at so it is impossible for a person to know everything there is to know about a computer.

This is why you might be a little lacking in knowledge when it comes to computer security.

You may be a programmer and work with a computer everyday but still you might not know the first thing about computer security.

This is why most companies have a group or an individual that is in charge of computer security.

So you have to place your trust into that person to make sure that your data is safe but if you do not know anything about computer security, how can you be sure that he is doing a good job?

is your resident security expert really a muppet?

Signs to look for

Even though you might know everything that there is to known about security, you can quickly read up on the basics and see if the guy is following well known security protocols.

If you are someone who works on computers, then reading the protocols should be easy for you to follow.

If he is not following well known protocols then there is a good chance that he is lazy or he doesn’t know what he is doing.

Another sign to look out for is whether any of the methods at your place of work changed since he has been there.

In other words, do you have a new password policy?

Do you have new areas of the network that are off limits but to certain personal?

When a security professional comes to work on a new network they usually like to add their little touches to the system – they want to use the techniques that they know will work.

If the person is not adding anything new to the security system, then you might have a problem.

The last thing that you might want to look out for is has he added, or at least requested, any new hardware to secure the network at the job?

While this is not as important as the other two since the workplace might already have all of the hardware that is needed, this is a good thing to look for.

Hardware request means that they guy really cares about securing the system and wants to make sure that it is being done the right way.

Any person that works on a computer, be it hardware or software, knows that we all have a certain set of tools that we like to work with.

This is the mark of a true professional.

In conclusion

You will able to see right away if the new security person is up to the challenge.

If he is just waiting for you to be attacked then he is only the clean up guy.

A true security guru will try to stop the attacks before they happen.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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