7 Top Skills for Security Pros

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Incident Response

"In today’s business environment where both the frequency and sophistication of attacks is rapidly increasing, there’s an urgent need for IT security awareness and incident response skills," said Vinay Anand, VP of ClearPass Security at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. "With the number of disparate security solutions deployed in a typical enterprise growing in response to the number of threats, security analysts are inundated with information and are having a hard time tightly managing the security posture of their network. It’s not enough to depend on automated responses from these solutions, which is why it’s incredibly important to develop the skill sets to chase after needles in haystacks and accurately identify the real threats to an organization."

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.

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