William Slater's CYBR 510

William Slater's CYBR 510
CYBR 510 - Physical, Operations, and Personnel Security

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Post 009 - CYBR 510

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Assignment Description:
On Week 3 Forum, post your response to one of the following items. While you must answer the questions, you don't have to do it in question-answer format. You can make it a narrative that includes the answers.
  • What is your opinion of pre-employment screening? How does pre-employment screening affect an organization? Discuss how pre-employment screening affects the process of recruiting employees.
  • Is it fair to perform Internet searches on applicants? What is allowed or not allowed for application Internet searches? Has this caused any issues that you know of or can find for applicants? 
  • How does personnel planning assist an organization in achieving the performance level that is needed for a successful organization? Why is it important to include security in the personnel planning and employment process?
  • How can the whole employment process “weed” out potential employees who may not be the right fit for an organization? How important is it to have a good fit for both the organization and the prospective employee?
Your answer should be 2-3 paragraphs in length with proper attention given to spelling and grammar. You can use the textbook and supplemental reading, but you should also include at least one Internet sites that provide information on your topic. Once you have submitted your initial post (by Friday night), read each of your classmates' initial posts and respond to at least four of them. In your response, provide your comments and any additional information you might have. Remember to cite your sources.

Directions: Each student must respond to a minimum of four other students’ threaded discussion postings in a “substantive and meaningful” manner. Do not simply agree or disagree – provide a quality response that reflects critical thinking. To foster learning, “professional and constructive” criticism is encouraged when responding to your classmates.

The weekly discussion questions, to allow time for students to respond, must be answered by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday of each week. Please see the discussion evaluation section in the syllabus for detailed expectations and directions of how your discussion board postings and overall participation is evaluated.

Reminders: Each student must respond to the weekly questions. Discussion postings should reflect some new or original information – do not just regurgitate data or opinion posted by previous students. The quality of your effort will be considered.

·       What is your opinion of pre-employment screening? How does pre-employment screening affect an organization? Discuss how pre-employment screening affects the process of recruiting employees.

First, an organization should establish policies, guidelines, and regulations regarding its recruitment practices, especially those that are related to pre-employment screening.

Pre-employment screening usually takes four main forms:
1)   Character reference checks
2)   Completeness and accuracy check of the resume
3)   Confirmation and verification of educational and professional credentials
4)   Check against a passport or some other government-issued form of identification.
(Calder and Watkins, 2009).
Now that there are web services, companies also use third parties and also the hiring companies will do their own Google searches on candidates. 
(McCrie, 2007).

Q.  What is your opinion of pre-employment screening?

I believe pre-employment it is a vital step in hiring the right candidate.  Without this type of screening, employers constantly subject themselves to the risks of hiring inferior candidates that might ot be qualified to fill the position to which they were applying.

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This is the questionnaire I created to screen E-Mail Server Technical Support candidates nearly five years ago:

(Please use as much space as you need to answer these questions.)

Describe a tough problem you had to troubleshoot on a production server or production network.

When setting up a mail server in DNS, what is the special type of record required to define the mail server?

If you have multiple Exchange Servers at a site, within a single domain, what is required when you replace the first Exchange Server at this site? (This was more applicable to Exchange 5.5…)

Describe a significant network or computer security issue you have had to deal with and solve.

What is the highest number of problem tickets you have ever resolved in a single day?

Besides what is on your resume, what other areas of IT and career skills do you work on?

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Q. How does pre-employment screening affect an organization?


Pre-employment screen can improve the morale in an organization, because the employees will know that their new co-workers will be held to a high standard of being able to pass the pre-employment screening.

Pre-employment also helps an organization my improving the overall quality of the workforce and helping the security posture of the organization by reducing the inherent security risks associated with hiring an improperly vetted employee.
(McCrie, 2007).

Q. Discuss how pre-employment screening affects the process of recruiting employees.
Pre-employment screening makes the process of hiring employees more efficient and thorough because it means that employees that get screened and interviewed as finalist candidates have already met rigorous requirements.  It also helps stop the wasting of the hiring manager’s precious time, because the hiring manager knows that he or she will only be screening candidates that are worth hiring.
(McCrie, 2007).

Calder, A. and Watkins, S. (2009). IT Governance: A  Manager’s Guide to Data Security and ISO27001/ISO27002, 4th edition. London, U.K.: Kogan Page.
McCrie, R. D. (2007). Security Operations Management, second edition. Burlington, MA: Elsevier.
Whitman, M. E and Mattord, H. J. (2010). Management of Information Security, third edition: Indianapolis, IN: Course Technology.

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