Like any other consultant, a security consultant often referred to as "information security consultant", analyzes an organization's current data or network structure and helps in ways to improve them. A company's network security and its protection are most important in this age of increasing dependence on internet and e-business. Cyber security is a growing global issue and the field is constantly changing with an ever increasing market. More and more online/e-commerce companies are therefore seeking the help of such professionals to take care of their security concerns.Most security consultants have a diverse experience to call upon and bring along a wide range of expertise. They provide comprehensive security assessment of computer software, security management support and develop a system to avoid vulnerabilities. The role involves working both as a hacker and a defender by making suitable recommendations to the client to fix security threats and issues. Information security consultants may have an expertise in working in different computer networking environments that can include financial services sector, defense, government, technology & internet companies, e- commerce and much more.The career as such is a very challenging one that requires a creative and "out of the box" thinking mind. Security consultancy is a lucrative and promising career for those who enjoy probing into complex problems and come with the right blend of business acumen and credentials.
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Cyber security or network security is one of the most sought after profession in the information technology sector whose demand is outpacing many other IT jobs. Government, manufacturing, financial services, retail/wholesale, and healthcare industries are some of the industries that have a huge demand for security consultants. With escalating threats in businesses to financial information, customer data etc. the workforce demand for security consultants has grown exponentially across all organizational structures.Salaries vary according to skills, experience and certifications held. The average salary of information security consultant is in the range of INR 6.5lacs p.a to 7.0 lacs p.a.
Education and Training
Most employers require a bachelor's degree in information technology/ computer science or related field. Certain employers like defense and government enterprises may also insist on industry certifications that focus on network security, disaster recovery, computer forensics, etc. Security consultants can earn additional certifications like CSC (Certified Security Consultant) from a variety of professional organizations.Getting some hands-on experience always helps in this field. Experience in an IT services support environment is often considered a significant plus among certain employers.
Valued Traits & Abilities
Security consultants have the advantage of working with a diverse set of clients and varied work environments, so they carry a wide range of experience to explore different industries. They are hired both as consultants and full-time in-house employees in public and private sectors. Some of the typical places of employment are IT (information technology) services companies, government agencies, e-commerce companies, defense & intelligence agencies, financial services firms, credit card companies and many more. One can join with entry level positions like network security administrator, security certified programmer or ethical hacker and later graduate to management roles like network security systems manager. Certified consultants can also find jobs on contract and projects or choose to be self employed in their own consultancy.Some of the career opportunities security consultants can explore are:
Their main job is to analyze vulnerabilities in computer infrastructure, software, hardware and networks and implement proper security measures to protect computer systems from security threats. They recommend security enhancements by researching new technologies and staying up to date on latest intelligence.
Security Software Developer
They develop security software to ensure information is secure and properly encrypted. This also includes tools for monitoring, traffic analysis, virus and malware detection and anti- virus software.
Their job begins with understanding a company's systems and thereby design and recommend ways for improvement of security system. They anticipate the moves and tactics of hackers. They use the policies and protocols to protect the system from security threats.
- Microland Ltd.
- Reliance Capital Asset Management Ltd.
- HP India
- Cisco Systems India Pvt. Ltd