A How-To Guide on Building a Federal Information Security Team

A How-To Guide on Building a Federal Information Security Team

A How-To Guide on Building a Federal Information Security TeamIn a post-911 world, information security teams have had an increased role in addressing the need for continuity of operations, disaster recovery solutions, and certification and accreditation. After the two-week government shutdown the talent pool for these positions has dwindled as potential employees left to find work elsewhere. Here are some helpful tips to build the best federal information security team possible:

Craft your recruit message: Make sure the message speaks to those who want to climb the ladder as well as those that want an exciting opportunity that will look good on their résumé.

Take inventory: Take stock of your current team to see if you can move members around into positions they are passionate about. This will help make the team more versatile.

In-reach and communicate: This takes all of the techniques associated with out-reach and applies them inward toward your current team.

Spring cleaning: Update the job postings with any roles that have changed, and embrace social media to find the millennial crowd.

Hire a veteran: By hiring veteran, you gain someone with a unique skillset who may already have active security clearances.

Investigate and network: Network with other InfoSec professionals to meet others who may be looking for their next opportunity.

Perform oversight: Be sure to perform oversight on contractors to ensure processes are created, documented, and accessible.

About the Author

Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.

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