Editor’s note: This is the latest post in blog series where we take a deep dive into resources for our projected top IT trends for 2015.
What is it?: Keeping networks, data, and even equipment secure is one of, if not the most important, functions of an IT department. It’s an around-the-clock type of deal, too, as threats can come in the form of hackers, viruses, and even BYOD’ers. Fortunately, there’s a lot of steps that can be taken to prevent or respond to threats, whether it’s setting up firewalls to creating social media policies for employees. If you’re an IT pro charged with keeping your organization’s networks secure, learning security fundamentals is crucial to your success. Want a quick taste? Here’s a quick guide to preventing security breaches.
What can I do with it?: Building your knowledge and understanding of IT security – from best practices to specific technologies – can prepare you for a variety of key and high-demand IT roles, including security consultant; security analyst; security manager; security systems engineer; IT director; chief information security officer; security auditor; security architect; and network architect. And in many of these roles, you could be charged with keeping networks safe from end users. What does that entail, exactly? Watch our recent “Tips for Locking Down End-User Security” webinar.
As you can tell, there’s a lot of security-based roles in IT. But no matter what area of IT you work in, or want to be in, it’s never a bad idea to have a basic understanding of IT security. Check out our list of reasons why!
Where to start?: There’s quite a few vendors out there that provide intermediate- and advanced-level IT security certifications, such as (ISC)2 and Check Point. But if you are brand new to IT security, earning CompTIA Security+ certification is an ideal starting point. Because CompTIA’s training is vendor-neutral, a lot of topics and material that’s covered can be applied to other vendors’ training. In other words, CompTIA Security+ can provide the foundation needed to move onto more advanced IT security training.
Our training: We offer a variety of IT security training. So whether you’re just getting started or looking to enhance your skill set, we should be able to help you out. Check out all of security training courses here! Plus, CBT Nuggets trainer Steve Caseley is in the midst of creating a “ISACA CISA” course, which focuses on assessing enterprise-level security measures and systems.
Good luck with your foray into the exciting world of IT security!