Information Systems Security Officer

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With the increase in cyber attacks has come an increased demand for Information Systems Security Officers in corporations and in various agencies and departments of the United States government. The Information Systems Security Officer generally is responsible for gathering the information necessary to maintain security and to establish functioning external barriers such as firewalls and other security measures that enhance systems security. The Officer defines, creates, and maintains the documentation for certification and accreditation of each information system in accordance with all requirements.

A good Security Officer is able to demonstrate proficiency with a range of current computer operating systems and networking technologies. The Officer should be able to evaluate proposals to determine if proposed security solutions effectively address information security requirements, and he must be proficient in the use of tools used to prevent or destroy malicious code.

The Security Officer also assesses the impacts of system modifications and technological advances on system security in the enterprise. The Officer is responsible for reviewing systems to identify potential security weaknesses, recommending strategies to mitigate vulnerabilities, implementing the required changes, and documenting any changes and/or upgrades. Officers also are responsible for informing users about security measures, explaining potential threats, and training users in security best practices.

General Educational Requirements

Some positions in this field require only a High School Diploma or GED if the applicant has significant experience in the field. Most employers, however, require a Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Information Systems Management or a related field, and some years of experience. Professional industry certifications generally are required, and some employers require a current U.S. government security clearance.

Additional Qualifications

In addition to the required technical skills and experience, the Information Systems Security Officer must have strong oral and written communication skills, conflict management skills, and superior organization skills. The Officer must be highly analytical, able to troubleshoot, and committed to continued learning to keep up with the constantly changing areas of information systems and cyber attacks. An Information Systems Security Officer must exhibit leadership while working within a team.


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