Become a future-ready Information Security Professional – 6 mandates

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Owing to the release of new technology products every now and then, industry requires more and more cyber security professionals to bridge the skill-gap. It has been an ongoing requirement. Security professionals of the future require focusing on some key concepts in order to be future-proofed and well-equipped to handle the security issues of new upcoming technologies.

Programming Skills

Unlike other IT positions, security domains and professionals do require programming ability – coding skills, as one can:

  • Examine vulnerabilities in a program and determine its function and intent.
  • While waiting for a vendor to release a patch, they can create filter and response to attacks.
  • In order to write your own code or improve function of open source programs to rectify problems.


There are certain specific requirements that need to be fulfilled by the hiring managers. Experience is something that cannot be overlooked however, certifications are something that comes very handy and works as a trump card.

Training and certification in technologies such as CEHv9 training and certification and ECSA/LPT, ECSP .NET, CISSP or CISA training and certification are few such technologies having certification in which proves and validates your knowledge level and capability. Technologies such as Ethical Hacking – CEHv9 keep on updating their modules to fit in the industry requirements.

IT professionals with Certifications are seen in ‘good light’ and have a better chance for getting hired for a particular job than someone else with similar profile and background.

In order to find out which IT certification to pursue, you can research 10-20 job postings of various organizations, for a specific job, that you want to go for. This list can be used as a road map to gain the required IT training and certification program that are in demands in your expected job position. To make sure that you are updated you should perform this survey in every six months.

Penetration Testing

Penetration Testing is a verification of security implementation and design as expected is referred as Ethical Hacking or Penetration Testing. A trained information security professional finds it mandatory to perform this internal security analysis, to constantly keep a check on their security management in their networks. As an information security specialist, you should have skills to perform such tasks for your internal security management, as it can be expensive to hire consultants in order to perform the same.


No matter what, experience will always hold first preference as far as landing a job and keeping that job is concerned and the way you gain the rewards in the industry. With experience you are able to perform the jobs that you are required to do in your position. You may not be able to straight away move to the information security profession of your dreams however, you have to start somewhere with mundane positions. For your career advancements and accomplishing your work responsibilities comes recognized and promotion, which equally is mandatory for your progress in to a much diverse and challenging field. Experience leads to knowledge and wisdom which is required to see the risks that novice people often overlook.

End-User Acceptance Testing

Security experts are caught up in enforcing the most secure implementation without considering the consequences and tasks of individuals. Security needs to be aligned with the business needs and you should always analyze how it will affect the tasks of individuals, if the highest secured network is not putting hurdle to essential business tasks it would be of little value.

It is pertinent to develop training modules in order to assist users to adjust to new practices and processes, as and when you make changes. It is important as users often tend to bypass or disable the security that they see as too cumbersome.

Staying Prepared

It is pertinent to continuously upgrade yourself for new technologies to encourage the implementation of improved security measures and reduce exploitation. Hence, the new generation of information security professional needs to have experience, penetration skills, certification and ability to perform pre-deployment and end-user testing.

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