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Free guide to hiring IT security staff.

ISC Squared : 17 January, 2008  (New Product)
ISC-squared publishes guide for hiring IT security professionals which is freely available for download from the (ISC)2 website.
ISC-squared has announced the publication of its "Hiring Guide to the Information Security Profession." This free reference guide for human resource (HR) professionals, hiring managers and recruiters provides tips on how to best find, recruit, hire and retain qualified information security staff.

Written by (ISC)2 with input from leading HR, recruiting professionals and subject-matter experts, the Hiring Guide highlights the history and growth of the information security profession, typical job functions and career paths, and ideal candidate traits. Providing tips on crafting job descriptions, screening, interviewing, extending an offer and more, the 30-page guide concludes with a section on retention and a list of online resources.

"Securing an organisation in a world driven by global commerce requires security specialists who can create and implement a program, obtain support from the executive team, and create security awareness among employees - all while complying with legal and regulatory requirements," said Eddie Zeitler, CISSP, executive director for (ISC)2. "Hiring first-rate information security staff is critical to mitigating risks that can destroy a company's reputation, violate privacy, result in the theft or destruction of intellectual property, and even endanger lives."

The guide is available in hard copy or in electronic format downloadable from the (ISC)2 Hiring Resource Centre. The (ISC)2 Hiring Resource Centre offers other materials to assist HR professionals and related fields, including:.

* A white paper titled, "Securing the Organisation: Creating a Partnership between HR and Information Security," which describes how the two fields can work together to better secure the organisation.

* A case study titled, "Securing the Right Information Security Team," which provides a detailed account of how UBS Investment Bank in Switzerland created joint responsibility between HR and line management in security professional placement.

* Results from (ISC)2's annual Global Information Security Workforce Study, which provides a detailed picture of the industry, including information on salaries, the growing need for professionals, the latest threats.

* An online career centre that matches qualified information security professionals with companies and organizations free of charge. Only certified (ISC)2 credential holders may post resumes on the career centre, but any HR professional may search the resumes.

"With the increasing dependence upon the virtual world in every corner of business and society, the need to find, hire and retain qualified professionals to protect information assets has never been greater," added Zeitler. "We hope this guide helps HR professionals, recruiters and hiring managers better understand the scope of this burgeoning profession and lessen the pain of obtaining the best and brightest information security staff."
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