Three Questions to Ask When Hiring a Cyber Security Consultant

cyber security technician in data centerAs a business owner, it’s important to recognize if or when you become unconfident in your organization’s defenses against cyber attacks. If this sounds familiar, it’s likely time to contact a network security consultant. But how do you know if you’re choosing someone who is truly qualified? Here are some key questions you should ask when hiring a network security consultant.

What relevant experience do you have with IT security?
While many cyber security consultants have resumes with impressing-looking credentials, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the candidate has obtained practical experience. Rather than asking him/her what they would do in a potential situation, ask for specifics on what they have done for real clients in the past.

What is my company’s most significant security risk?
By asking this question, you can ensure that the consultant’s ideas for security solutions are customized to suit the needs of your particular business.

How will you communicate with me about the work you do?
Some cyber security consultants have a habit of shrouding their work in secrecy. With a lack of communication, you will likely be disappointed by the results. Rather, have the consultant explain the work they will do and the procedures he/she will implement.