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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Hot security skills of 2013 - security

Most successful CSOs will tell you it was a unique mix of skills that propelled them to their current position. Technical background is important, certainly, but practice in the business and excellence in communication are paramount for any CSO truly worthy of a place in the C-suite. We don’t expect that to change any time soon. But every few years, a few super-hot skills get added to the mix, ones that will make you even more attractive (to your company and to future employers) and keep you on top of your game. Familiarity with both information and physical-security technologies is important at the highest rung of the security ladder, according to Carl Young, CSO of Stroz Friedberg, a global digital-risk-management and investigations firm.

By understanding the needs of the industry and keeping on top of new technologies and threats, good CSOs can identify the special skills and expertise (such as analytics expertise or a specialty in malware) needed in their new hires on both the information- and physical-security fronts, says Young.

Tom Verzuh, president of recruiting firm SCW Consulting, is seeing great demand for physical-security professionals who are fluent in technology, especially digital-video software management and analytics.

“The way to increase your value as a physical security professional is to invest in learning the world of IP networking and Microsoft server technologies and data analytics solutions,” says Charles Foley, chairman and CEO of Watchful Software.  “Security pros that know these two areas will be able to spearhead their companies efforts to streamline costs, increase value delivered, and will literally sell information collected to the rest of the organization.”

Information-protection skills are in great demand, according to Foley—in particular, knowledge of data-centric technologies such as enterprise rights management, multilevel security models, data classification techniques and biometrics.

This understanding is also important for recognizing where potential vulnerabilities might lie within the organization, such as with outsourced services or data, or lines of business that are popular targets for cyberattacks.

CSOs that have an advanced business degree such as an MBA are always going to be that much more desirable than those who do not, according to Jerry Irvine, CIO of IT outsourcing company Prescient Solutions and a member of the National Cyber Security Task Force. Not only must CSOs make complex security issues understandable to the enterprise at large, they must also make it clear how important security risk, particularly digital risk management, is to the executive suite’s agenda.  David Luzzi, executive director of Northeastern University’s Strategic Security Initiative, adds logical reasoning and the ability to inspect ideas as important skills to build on the foundation of excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Link: http://www.cso.com.au/article/455664/hot_security_skills_2013/

Posted on 03/06
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