Profession ict security consultant

ICT security consultants advise and implement solutions to control access to data and programs. They promote a safe exchange of information.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Cyber attack counter-measures

    The strategies, techniques and tools that can be used to detect and avert malicious attacks against organisations' information systems, infrastructures or networks.

  • Information security strategy

    The plan defined by a company which sets the information security objectives and measures to mitigate risks, define control objectives, establish metrics and benchmarks while complying with legal, internal and contractual requirements.

  • ICT security legislation

    The set of legislative rules that safeguards information technology, ICT networks and computer systems and legal consequences which result from their misuse. Regulated measures include firewalls, intrusion detection, anti-virus software and encryption.

  • Organisational resilience

    The strategies, methods and techniques that increase the organisation's capacity to protect and sustain the services and operations that fulfil the organisational mission and create lasting values by effectively addressing the combined issues of security, preparedness, risk and disaster recovery.

  • ICT security standards

    The standards regarding ICT security such as ISO and the techniques required to ensure compliance of the organisation with them.

Skills

  • Verify formal ICT specifications

    Check capabilities, correctness and efficiency of intended algorithm or system to match certain formal specifications.

  • Manage disaster recovery plans

    Prepare, test and execute, when necessary, a plan of action to retrieve or compensate lost information system data.

  • Define technical requirements

    Specify technical properties of goods, materials, methods, processes, services, systems, software and functionalities by identifying and responding to the particular needs that are to be satisfied according to customer requirements.

  • Analyse ICT system

    Study the activity and performance of information systems in order to model their usage and weaknesses, specify purpose, architecture and services and discover operations and procedures for accomplishing them most efficiently.

  • Keep task records

    Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.

  • Execute ICT audits

    Organise and execute audits in order to evaluate ICT systems, compliance of components of systems, information processing systems and information security. Identify and collect potential critical issues and recommend solutions based on required standards and solutions.

  • Provide ICT consulting advice

    Advise on appropriate solutions in the field of ICT by selecting alternatives and optimising decisions while taking into account potential risks, benefits and overall impact to professional customers.

  • Keep up with the latest information systems solutions

    Gather the latest information on existing information systems solutions which integrate software and hardware, as well as network components.

  • Manage IT security compliances

    Guide application and fulfillment of relevant industry standards, best practices and legal requirements for information security.

  • Identify ICT security risks

    Apply methods and techniques to identify potential security threats, security breaches and risk factors using ICT tools for surveying ICT systems, analysing risks, vulnerabilities and threats and evaluating contingency plans.

  • Educate on data confidentiality

    Share information with and instruct users in the risks involved with data, especially risks to the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of data. Educate them on how to ensure data protection.

  • Identify ICT system weaknesses

    Analyse the system and network architecture, hardware and software components and data in order to identify weaknesses and vulnerability to intrusions or attacks.

  • Develop information security strategy

    Create company strategy related to the safety and security of information in order to maximise information integrity, availability and data privacy.

  • Monitor system performance

    Measure system reliability and performance before, during and after component integration and during system operation and maintenance. Select and use performance monitoring tools and techniques, such as special software.

  • Implement ICT risk management

    Develop and implement procedures for identifying, assessing, treating and mitigating ICT risks, such as hacks or data leaks, according to the company's risk strategy, procedures and policies. Analyse and manage security risks and incidents. Recommend measures to improve digital security strategy.

  • Report test findings

    Report test results with a focus on findings and recommendations, differentiating results by levels of severity. Include relevant information from the test plan and outline the test methodologies, using metrics, tables, and visual methods to clarify where needed.

  • Execute software tests

    Perform tests to ensure that a software product will perform flawlessly under the specified customer requirements, using specialised software tools. Apply software testing techniques and tools in order to identify software defects (bugs) and malfunctions.

  • Perform risk analysis

    Identify and assess factors that may jeopardise the success of a project or threaten the organisation's functioning. Implement procedures to avoid or minimise their impact.

  • Define security policies

    Design and execute a written set of rules and policies that have the aim of securing an organisation concerning constraints on behaviour between stakeholders, protective mechanical constraints and data-access constraints.

Optional knowledge and skills

web application security threats process-based management copyright legislation provide user documentation create project specifications internet of things track key performance indicators manage changes in ict system ensure proper document management ict project management methodologies internet governance agile project management optimise choice of ict solution ict process quality models give live presentation lead disaster recovery exercises lean project management perform project management manage ict change request process ict encryption

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