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Breaking into Information Security by Chris Liu, Anthony J. Stieber, Josh More

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Chapter 2.d

Tier 2—Subject Matter Expert

Abstract

Within the scope of business, there are many different subjects requiring expertise. Individuals who are able to develop their skills to the point that they are the internal expert on a given system, technology, process or standard can provide value to the company and job security for themselves. There is some risk that the individual will not be able to move into other areas, but that may not be an issue for some.

Keywords

SME
subject matter expert
mentor
information security
careers
expert
knowledge worker

Introduction

An information technology subject matter expert (SME), pronounced either as “ess em ee” or “smee,” goes beyond the subject matter specialist. The SME may be the best in the company, ...

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