By David Reichard, President
Computer security is a growing concern for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re a small-to-mid-sized local firm or a Fortune 500 company operating globally, the odds are good that you need the services of an IT security specialist. This is especially true if you rely on computer servers to run your business, safeguard employee and customer information, or manage monetary transactions.
These talented professionals are charged with the enormous responsibility of protecting the computers and data that keep your business operational day after day while preventing prying eyes or sticky fingers from gaining access to confidential, private, personal, and financial information contained on your company’s IT systems. Here are some of the critical skill sets you will want them to have.
1. Systems Management
This is an umbrella term that has many different meanings to different people depending on the specific type of work. For IT security specialists, it essentially indicates that the person in question has a talent for managing all aspects of your IT systems, as well as troubleshooting and resolving problems related to:
- Managing the capacity of existing network infrastructure and advising of when upgrades or expansions are required, such as when your growth of employees or computer usage is about to exceed the limits of your current system.
- Managing the use and management of existing software.
- Monitoring and managing inventories of software licenses, equipment inventory, etc.
- Managing security of computer and networking assets including protection against malware and anti-virus programs, and monitoring updates on both.
Depending on the size of your organization, you may need more than one person for this critical role.
2. Threat Analysis
Some of this is falls beneath the umbrella of systems management, although someone with specific threat analysis skills will have a greater understanding of the threats facing computer systems and best practices for avoiding them.
3. Data Loss Prevention
In the Information Age, data is one of the most valuable commodities businesses possess. Your IT security specialist needs to have advanced skills in helping you keep your data safe from breaches, hacking, accidental deletions, and malicious theft of this valuable information.
4. Quick Decision-Making
Because hacking is often an active event that takes place with a live person on the other end of the hack, IT security specialists must be able to respond quickly, thinking fast on their feet to anticipate the next move and reduce further exposure during a hacking event. Additionally, he or she must be able to quickly execute corporate response protocols the minute hacking events or breaches are discovered.
5. Collaboration / Teamwork
Ultimately, your IT security specialist is part of a much larger team. Depending on the needs of your organization that may involve working on different types of projects and in different roles for the greater good of your company. Team players are essential for this role that is constantly evolving throughout the industry.
When you’re in the market for a talented IT security specialist for your organization, it is important to work with IT recruiting services that understand the critical roles these professionals play within your organization.