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Check out sites devoted to chief privacy officers.

Dear Molly: I have certifications in MCSE and other networking technologies and have decided I want to specialize in security applications. I’d like to assess risks that companies might encounter in IT security, such as the security of their network servers, inside and out. I’m having a tough time deciding what to do next to gain experience and knowledge, however. Any suggestions?

Molly says: I have written several times about IT security jobs–as recently as last week. You can and should get involved in the IT security circle by attending at least one of the conferences or meetings per year. Get and read some of the trade publications that serve this sub-section of the IT world.

You could also check out the various Web sites related to the relatively new position of Chief Privacy Officer (CPO). Many CPOs are in charge of finding and sealing security leaks inside corporations they work for, and thus need to have a technical background in networking. You could end up as a CPO or working for a security consulting firm.

Here are two CPO Web sites that you should visit: Privacy and American Business and the Privacy Officers Association.

The Privacy Officers Association is having its first POA conference in Arlington, Virginia, May 2-4. It’s called the First Annual Privacy and Data Protection Summit and you can find out more about it on the POA Web site. If you are at all interested in learning more about this topic and finding people to advise you further or possibly serve as a mentor, this would be the place to go.

Molly Joss also writes the monthly Career Advisor column for ComputerUser magazine. Ask a career-related question at [email protected]

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