Key Roles & Responsibilities of IT Security Professionals

Key Roles & Responsibilities of IT Security Professionals
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Chandana

Published on June 17, 2013


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The IT security world has witnessed huge demand in the recent years and this transition is majorly due to the global acknowledgment for the need for IT security. As the world has adopted the IT world as a necessary belonging, the threats surrounding the IT world too are increasing. This led to IT security strategies that can resolve IT problems and control threats occurring in the technology field. The IT security professionals are handed with responsibility of protecting the IT world from rising threats and issues. Let’s have a look at the job of IT security professionals and their key roles and responsibilities. Before understanding the responsibilities, let’s get introduced to the roles.

Who are they?

Anyone who takes the responsibility of protecting the networks, infrastructure and computer systems are IT security professionals. System administrators, network security officers, information security engineers, application security engineers, network managers, network engineers, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Information Assurance Manager (IAM), and computer operators are few of the primary roles of IT security professionals.

Primary Responsibility of IT Security Professionals

The job of an IT security professional revolves around protecting the IT systems. This includes network, infrastructure and all other information grounds of IT. Securing information assets, customer data, financial information and other critical IT information etc. is the key responsibility of an IT security professional. Their role designates them with the responsibility to provide access to information to users based on their necessity and identity. Information is given away to people only when they are legitimately eligible for the access. Every IT security department has certain policies and principles as per company policies and need to follow the same. They follow a set of rules, regulations, methodologies and strategies to protect information systems. The responsibilities of IT security professionals in a more definite manner are listed below.

6 Important Responsibilities of IT Security Professionals

  1. Developing and designing security devices and software to ensure safety of client’s products and information
  2. Managing security measures for information technology system within a network system
  3. Operating regular inspections of systems and network processes for security updates
  4. Conducting audit process for initiating security and safety measures and strategies
  5. Customizing access to information as per the rules and necessity
  6. Maintaining standard information security policy, procedure and services

The above are the responsibilities that every IT security professional based on their role needs to accomplish. Ensuring all the above responsibility is a challenging job. One needs to be updated with advanced technology knowledge and skills along with the mind set to work in a team towards achieving perfect security for information systems. What are the skills that make an IT professional better than the rest – 3 are listed below.

3 Must Skills for IT Security Professionals

  1. An IT security professional should be a strategist in order to ensure protection of network, infrastructure and computer systems. One must be aware of the evolving security measures and controls and should have the ability to implement the same in organizations. Besides these, an IT security professional should be strategic enough to judge the before and after consequences of any security measure.
  2. An IT security professional should have adequate management and communication skills to ensure effective coordination with teams and clients. He or she needs to communicate with every professional within an organization about the terms of IT. Similarly, while dealing with a client, the security measures and principles should be clearly communicated to.
  3. Another must skill for an IT security professional is to remain technically competent. One should always re-skills with advanced technology skills in order to be capable of grasping technical security issue immediate and resolve the same. These are some of the most important skills required for an IT professional.

Finding secure ways to implement technology and adopt measures that reduces the risks related to information systems is the primary objective of every IT security professional.

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About the Author

Chandana is working as a Senior Content Writer in Simplilearn.com and handles variety of creative writing jobs. She has done M.A. in English Literature from Gauhati University. A PRINCE2 Foundation certified, she has a unique and refreshing style of writing which can engross the readers to devour each sentence of her write-ups.


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