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7 Top Skills for Security Pros

  • 7 Top Skills for Security Pros

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    Understanding of PaaS/IaaS Security Systems

    One of the hottest IT security skill sets right now is having deep, applied expertise in key components of a PaaS / IaaS security program, according to Chris Chang, developer advocate at mLab. "As more workloads move to the public cloud, it's become an absolute must-have for a growing swath of businesses to have someone (or a team of someones) that brings strategic and tactical expertise in security," Chang said. "Security professionals should have experience developing and implementing key components of a PaaS / IaaS security program, such as intrusion detection, malware detection, vulnerability management and data loss prevention. One look at the news demonstrates why these are critical security skills to have on hand."

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7 Top Skills for Security Pros

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    Understanding of PaaS/IaaS Security Systems

    One of the hottest IT security skill sets right now is having deep, applied expertise in key components of a PaaS / IaaS security program, according to Chris Chang, developer advocate at mLab. "As more workloads move to the public cloud, it's become an absolute must-have for a growing swath of businesses to have someone (or a team of someones) that brings strategic and tactical expertise in security," Chang said. "Security professionals should have experience developing and implementing key components of a PaaS / IaaS security program, such as intrusion detection, malware detection, vulnerability management and data loss prevention. One look at the news demonstrates why these are critical security skills to have on hand."

Just as the security landscape is ever changing, so are the skills that security professionals need to keep up. In a study conducted by Sungard Availability Services, IT decision makers revealed the security skills that are lacking in many organizations, including:

• Experience developing security infrastructure and setting up security policy management, monitoring and alerting systems
• Ability to identify incoming security threats
• Background in security systems including the network layer, system layer and application layer
• Familiarity with implementing security controls around enterprise data and experience with enterprise security, identity management and federation systems

Sungard AS’ Global CSO Shawn Burke added, "While it depends on the organization the security resource will work for, people with application/software development skills are in high demand throughout the industry."

Here are seven other security skills needed in IT departments, some of which may surprise you.