Cyber security is an increasingly important field of expertise as organisations defend themselves against web-based or electronic attacks. It makes the role of a Security Consultant critical to organisations, particularly as IT security attacks become more common – and more sophisticated.
Security Consultants are frequently brought into an organisation to advise or remediate security gaps, deficiencies, or areas of improvement within a business.
Security Consultants need to have a thorough understanding of technology, security concepts, and the means to defend against threats/risks to an organisation (both internal and external) then advise a business accordingly.
Security Consultants work closely with IT engineers as well as other technical and non-technical staff.
- Conduct information security management reviews and information security management system (ISMS) assessments
- Ensure technical implementation and business processes are aligned
- Lead the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of Information Security Management Systems
- Participate in the creation, review and update of information security policies
- Provide complex technical advice, recommendations and consultancy on networks, infrastructure, products and services supplied
- Provide or assist with implementation documentation
- Ongoing project management
Holding a degree and having a technical background will be required to gain a Security Consultant role. Degrees in Information Technology and Information Security are often preferred.
As well as formal qualifications, candidates for Security Consultant roles will also need to demonstrate the following qualities:
- Experience in information security management and related functions such as IT Risk Management
- Ability to align information security policies with business requirements
- Flair for translating information security requirements into IT security controls and measures
- Attention to detail
- Excellent communication skills – both written and oral
- Project management skills and an ability to translate business requirements into technical IT security deliverables
Organisations may also have specific requirements for Security Consultants including information security management qualifications such as CISSP or CISM.
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