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4 keys to finding the right cyber security expert for your organization

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4) Team players vs. lone wolves

Cyber security experts may be the industry’s rock stars, but they shouldn’t perform as a solo act.

The role of a cyber security professional is to work cooperatively with a company’s top executives to create a strategy that is relevant and comprehensible throughout the enterprise. A proficient security expert values client communications that strengthen a corporate strategy.

Bottom line: a top cyber security expert should be able to take the confusing topics on internet security and make them clear. With extensive experience, training, and aptitude, they will successfully help your company navigate the technical landscape, identify the key areas of focus, and explain them in common terms. They should understand that one size does not fit all and a cookie-cutter approach to security does not scale in this current age of complexity. Finally, they should be able to quickly narrow down the solution space to create a cost-effective solution for your organization.

Dr. Eric Cole is CEO of Secure Anchor, former CTO of McAfee and Lockheed Martin, member of the Commission on Cyber Security for President Obama, the security advisor for Bill Gates and his family, and author of a new book, Online Danger: How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones From the Evil Side of the Internet. For more information, visit or connect with Dr. Cole on Twitter, @drericcole.

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