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IT Talent: Cultivating Essential Skill Sets for IT Security

IT Talent: Cultivating Essential Skill Sets for IT Security

This IDC study, designed for senior IT and data security executives, provides insight into the various types of jobs required under the general data security umbrella. For each of these job types, the study provides information on the needed skills to perform the job and suggestions as to the roles within IT with transferable skills that would minimize the training needed to perform the specific security function. The study also describes security-related certifications and the current and future competition for security talent. In conclusion, it provides a set of recommendations designed to maximize the effectiveness of talent management activities related to finding, hiring, training, retraining, and retaining data security professionals.

"Because of the deepening concern about data breaches, data security awareness has moved from the back room to the boardroom," says Eric Bloom, adjunct analyst with IDC's Research Network. "The concern has brought with it higher corporate security budgets and a greater demand for IT security professionals. The issue, however, is that the demand for these security specialists is greater than the supply. It is vital for companies to maximize the effectiveness of talent management activities related to finding, hiring, training, retraining, and retaining data security professionals."

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
IT Executive Program Research Agenda
Situation Overview
Risk Management and Operations-Based Roles
Nontechnical Roles
Risk Analyst/Manager
Primary Skills
Internal Candidates
Data Security Officer/Administrator
Primary Skills
Internal Candidates
Security Awareness Trainer
Primary Skills
Internal Candidates
Computer Audit
Internal Computer Audit Function
Software Testing
Internal Software Testing Function
Technology–Based Roles
Leadership and Staff
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Security Research Analyst
Primary Skills
Internal Candidates
Technical Infrastructure
Network Security Engineer
Primary Skills
Internal Candidates
Security Operations Center Analyst
Primary Skills
Internal Candidates
Software Application Security Analyst
Primary Skills
Internal Candidates
Virus and Malware Detection
Security Analyst
Primary Skills
Internal Candidates
Malware and Virus Detection Analyst
Primary Skills
Internal Candidates
Intrusion Detection
System Penetration Analyst
Primary Skills
Internal Candidates
Intrusion Detection Analyst
Primary Skills
Internal Candidates
Investigation
Forensic Analyst
Security-Related Certifications
Competition for Security Talent
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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Next Budget Cycle: 6–18 Months
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Figure: IT Executive Program Research Agenda Themes

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