Testing Your Security People To Make Sure They Are Up To The Task

Have you ever met someone who can talk a good game but when it came time for that person to be able to show and prove they fail? Or have you ever been influenced by someone just because of their presentation and not the actual content that they bring to the table? Hey, it happens to everyone. And it is nothing to be ashamed of. There are just some people out there who are able to fool people just because they know how to fake the walk and fake the talk real well. You see this a lot when it comes to job interviews.


And it is fine to fall for this kind of act when you are interviewing people for a position that is not that important. But when you are interviewing someone for a computer security job then you need to make sure that they are up to snuff. If you do not then you can leave yourself and your data up for grabs when it comes to all of the cyber thieves that are out there. You need someone who is the best on your side. So you need to come up with a way to find out who these people are.

When it comes to computer programming jobs there are a lot people who either went to school or they read a lot about tech. So they know how to use all of the right terms to make it seem like they know what they are talking about. It turns out though that even someone who went to school for computer science many times still does not know how to program. The way that you get past this is by setting up a test where they have to program right in front of you. A real popular test that you see a lot when it comes to these types of interviews is one that is called FizzBuzz. The basics of this test is that you have to create a program that when divisible by a certain number will say Fizz and when it is not the program will say Buzz. It seems like such an easy test but so many people fail it during the interview. And when they fail a test like that then you know that they are not going to be a good fit in a top shelf programming environment.

The same thing can be done when it comes to people interviewing for a computer security jobs. It is not enough to just get a background check. You need to see for yourself that they know what they are talking about. For example, if you are interviewing people for a job running security on a Linux system then you can set up a real easy test. All they have to do is prove that they can set up a Linux system right in front of you. They should be able to set up the IP tables firewall and a numerous amount of other things that will allow them to make that distro secure. If they cannot do something as simple as this then you probably need to move on to the next candidate. Do not lower your standards because you do not think you will be able to find anyone to do the job. When you do that you put your system at risk.

When you hire someone to do computer security then you need to make sure that they can do the job. If they can’t do the job then it will be disaster if you find out too late.

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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