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7 Top Skills for Security Pros

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    Writing Skills

    Even security professionals need to have the ability to write in a clear and concise form. They may be writing reports that are read by a Vice President or C-Level exec, said Tom DeSot, chief information officer of Digital Defense. "Sadly, you have no idea how many writing samples we’ve seen that ended up making us opt for a different candidate," he said.

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7 Top Skills for Security Pros

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    Writing Skills

    Even security professionals need to have the ability to write in a clear and concise form. They may be writing reports that are read by a Vice President or C-Level exec, said Tom DeSot, chief information officer of Digital Defense. "Sadly, you have no idea how many writing samples we’ve seen that ended up making us opt for a different candidate," he said.

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.