Hiring for good cyber practicesSo, how can you show an employer your cyber street smarts as an accountable and protected user? For me, this can be shown three ways:
- By investing in cybersecurity training and badging yourself accordingly on your credentials. Many folks who are WFH have some time to make personal training investments. And as discussed in this recent Cisco blog, gamification is a proven tool for instant feedback to reinforce learners’ hard work. In addition, gamification can promote behavioral changes through a badge system. So to run your home office as you would your physical one, re-skill to have credentials that a hiring employer recognizes.
- By investing in personal identity management and verification tools. Whether these are commercial variations (e.g. ThisIsMe) or nationally accepted tools (e.g. in Belgium, ItsMe), solutions like these allow verification of people when interacting online, thus giving them the control over their identity data.
- By managing your home network more professionally. Much like you need to keep your laptop or desktop’s operating system updated, you’ll want to double-check your gear, encryption, firewall, and DNS settings. The good news is you can do this yourself. The bad news is that it takes time to do correctly.
Author Profile: Dr. Alea Fairchild, Principal Advisor, Technology Enablement , Ecosystm. Dr. Alea Fairchild (@afairch) is a technology commentator and infrastructure specialist. Alea covers the convergence of technology in the cloud, mobile and social spaces. She has a passion for the design and optimisation of physical spaces, exploring how technology can enhance user experiences. Alea helps global enterprises profit from digital process redesign. Outside of her work with Ecosystm, Alea is a Research Fellow at The Constantia Institute, which is a Brussels-based technology policy think-tank focusing on innovation and technological advances and their impact on industry and society. She also teaches graduate courses in technology marketing at KU Leuven in Belgium. Alea received her Doctorate in Applied Economics from Univ. Hasselt in Belgium based on her research in the area of banking and technology. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University. Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this guest author article are solely those of the contributor, and do not necessarily reflect those of Tripwire, Inc.