[ISN] IT Security Job Tips for Surviving a Tough Economy

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 00:32:48 -0500 (CDT)

By Brian Prince

Between layoffs in the IT industry and belt tightening by enterprises, 
security groups need to know what prospective employers are looking for. 
Don't underestimate the importance of knowing how to explain how 
investing in a security solution is going to save a buck.

Security may be among the last items in an IT budget to get slashed, but 
it is still not totally recession-proof. Sometimes, staffers are shown 
the door, leaving laid-off security professionals with the need to stand 
out in a crowded field with potentially fewer opportunities.

New research from ISC2 (International Information Systems Security 
Certification Consortium), however, offers a glimpse at what perspective 
employers may be looking for. According to ISC2, a survey of nearly 
1,500 of its members in the United States found the most sought after 
areas of expertise are information risk management, operations security, 
security management practices, and security architecture and models.

“A strong background in network and system administration is strongly 
recommended, as the majority of the risk in cyber-security lies in the 
network itself,” ISC2 Executive Director W. Hord Tipton told eWEEK. “The 
role of security involves dealing with a lot of characteristics from the 
risk management arena, so practitioners need to have a firm grasp of the 
ever-changing threats and methods to mitigate those threats.”


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