As a business owner, it’s important to recognize if or when you may lose confidence in your organization’s defenses against cyber attacks. If this sounds familiar, it’s likely time to seek a cyber security consulting service. But how do you know if you’re choosing an organization that is truly qualified? Here are some key questions you should ask when hiring a network security consultant.
What experience does your team have with IT security?
While many cyber security consultants have spent the time to bulk up their resumes with impressing-looking credentials and accreditations, this does not equate to having real-world experience. Rather than 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 determine if the consultant is using buzzwords of today’s cyber threats or if they truly understand the risks that your particular organization would be privy to. Each organization is different, and as such, the risks may be different as well.
What communications can I expect during the process?
Some cyber security consulting companies do not want to provide the details of their work, nor discuss with the client baseline results as they progress. Communication is key to ensuring that the consultant is working with your best interest in mind. With a lack of communication, you will likely be disappointed by the results. Rather, ensure that you work with the consultant in providing a statement of work with definitive baselines, as well having them discuss methodologies and procedures. Above all else, remember to ask questions.