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BCS Identifies IT Security As The Skill in Demand For Tomorrow

British Computer Society (BCS) : 16 September, 2011  (Company News)
A poll conducted by the British Computer Society has identified that IT Security is the most important skill that defines the IT professional of the future
BCS Identifies IT Security As The Skill in Demand For Tomorrow
Information security has topped a poll by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as the most important attribute of the IT professional of the future.

The poll was run ahead of the Institute’s IT training and professional development summit which takes place today.  At the summit, CIOs from across the UK are discussing what skills the IT industry will need in the future and how organisations can prepare by prioritising IT training and professional development now.

Adam Thilthorpe, Director of Professionalism, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, explains: “The skills needed by an IT professional are continually changing not only to keep pace with technological advances but also to adapt to the changing nature IT plays today in business and society.

“It’s not surprising that information security topped our poll; information is one of the most valuable asset organisations own and being able to protect it is vital.  

“With the increasing importance of information in the business place, the continued expansion of online business opportunities and the emergence of new technologies, information security, assurance and cyber security, will, without a doubt, continue to play a major role in all organisations.

“Organisations need to understand information and have an approach to risk management. Through this understanding, they will be better placed to identify the opportunities open to their business and assess the associated benefits and risks. They will then be able to implement technology and information security to mitigate the risks and fully benefit from the opportunities.”

Information security topped the poll gaining more than twice the number of votes of any of the other listed attributes; system development, technical strategy and planning, business process management and business change, were the next most popular skills.

Adam concludes: “IT, may still be one of the younger professions having emerged relatively recently, however, it is no less important; it is the profession that is enabling and driving many businesses as well as our information society today. From system development to the boardroom, IT enables businesses and contributes to the UK plc.”
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