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In the War against Cyber Terrorism, the IT Contractor Wins

WEBWIRE – Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The contractor who makes it a top priority to read up on threats and to obtain the necessary expertise, will see that their value in the marketplace is significantly increased.

We’re seeing a significant change in the way that IT contractors are being employed by organisations in this new, more dangerous era. Rather than being employed according to their particular skills and competencies, they’re now being employed as proactive “warriors” in the battle against cyber terrorism.

Professional Representation Network has seen a subtle, yet significant change in the way that clients are negotiating contracts with suitable contractors. These organisations understand that they need to act quickly and with a significant sense of urgency, due to unfolding threats that are emerging from terrorists based in Eastern European countries and elsewhere.

This means that a contractor must be proactive in their own right and take on skills that are needed to understand how the terrorist thinks. In turn, a contractor will be expected to install systems that can if possible keep one step ahead of the growing threat. The contractor may also be expected to educate regular members of the staff in the client organisation, so that those people don’t unwittingly engage in behaviours that will expose the organisation to threats.

Contractors are best placed to deliver the skills that organisations are now looking for. Remember that permanent staff members often don’t have enough time, or the direction from within the organisation to educate themselves appropriately and with regards to cyber terrorism expertise. The contractor who makes it a top priority to read up on threats and to obtain the necessary expertise, will see that their value in the marketplace is significantly increased.

A contractor can also benefit from becoming an invaluable asset as those threats grow and mature. Professional Representation Network has seen a number of examples where contractors become a trusted advisor across the organisation. As time goes by and as new threats emerge the contractor is seen as having more and more value. Of course, it’s up to the contractor to ensure that adequate time and resources are spent independently to keep up with the skills necessary and as far ahead of the criminals as possible.

It’s going to be some time until every organisation across the country has an adequate understanding of the threat matrix and has educated their own in-house staff accordingly, as a matter of policy. Until that time there’s a clear opportunity for contractors to be the knight in shining armour, riding to the defence of the vulnerable client organisation.

About Professional Representation Network

The Professional Representation Network is a complete contracting provider, providing a variety of services to contractors from varying industries around the world. They identify opportunities, negotiate contracts and provide support to contractors at every stage of the relationship. Relying on 40 years of experience in consulting and representation and access to an established network, Professional Representation Network brings passion to help develop a contractor’s professional life.

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