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Hiring kit: Cryptographer

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  • Published August 11, 2019
  • Topic TechRepublic Premium
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A cryptographer uses their expertise in mathematics and computer science to develop algorithms, ciphers, and other encryption systems to protect sensitive data. It can be a difficult position to fill. Using this hiring kit as a template you can find, recruit, and hire the best cryptographer candidate for your business.

Depending on the open position, job responsibilities for a cryptographer can include the design and implementation of encryption systems and/ or the testing of such systems to find and identify security vulnerabilities. The Hiring Kit: Cryptographer includes a detailed job description, suggested interview questions, and a sample want ad that you can use as a template to find, recruit, and hire the best cryptographer candidate for your business.

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INTRODUCTION

In the modern digital era, where businesses experience constant and persistent attacks on their information technology infrastructure from malicious and criminal third parties, data security must be a vital part of any enterprise security strategy. The attachment of substantial financial consequences for security breaches and data loss by regulatory agencies only increases that urgency. Businesses are expected to take every security step possible to ensure the integrity of any and all collected, stored, and processed data.

In many instances, one of those expected security steps will include the hiring of a cryptographer. In general terms, a cryptographer uses their expertise in mathematics and computer science to develop algorithms, ciphers, and other systems to encrypt, and thus protect, sensitive data. The cryptographer skillset combines aspects of computer science, applied mathematics, engineering, and application development. Finding individuals with the prerequisite skills can greatly complicate the recruitment and hiring process for many businesses.

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