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Information security professional development explored.

ISC Squared : 23 October, 2007  (Technical Article)
ISC2 conference to debate the role of IT security professionals in protecting organisational information assets.
ISC squared stresses how the growth in roles and responsibility for the information security function is creating new responsibilities for organisations concerned with protecting their information assets.

"The profile of the workforce is changing as an increasingly diverse group of people are choosing information security as a first career. Many are coming from non-IT backgrounds," says John Colley, CISSP, Managing Director for ISC2 EMEA. "At the same time, information security has moved up the business priority agenda, which is changing the demands on the people working in it. This challenges companies to ensure their people and teams have the relevant skills and aptitude."

This shift is illustrated by the proliferation of career choices and expectations for development from people in the field, with the information security team taking on what was once left to one or two often technically focused generalists.

"Companies have to think about what incentives they should be providing in terms of experience and training and development in order to attract and retain the people with the right skills for their company," says Colley. "Salary is only one part of the equation, and in such a dynamic field as information security, not necessarily the most important factor."

During the conference, ISC2 is hosting two discussions exploring professional development concerns:.

Panel debate - Building and Keeping the Right Information Security Team:

Conference a panel of senior information security professionals from across Europe (including (ISC)2 Advisory Board members) will be discussing how to get the right talent and manage it. The panellists will debate why the skills required in information security today - business, technical and people management - dictates a team approach rather than the current over reliance on generalists. Each of the panellists have responsibility for hiring and managing information security teams in an international forum and ensuring a broad perspective on the opportunities and challenges companies face in keeping the talent they need. Moderated by Ron Condon, Editor, CSO, panellists include:
Wojciech Swiatek, Motorola; Isabel Münch, German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI); Peter Berlich, Birchtree Consulting, and member of (ISC)2 Board of Directors; John Colley, (ISC)2 EMEA Managing Director.

John Colley to facilitate Special Interest Group on Managing Careers as Well as Risks - New Obligations for Employers:

It will look at how careers choices for people in information security are growing, while the profile of the people choosing this career is changing: Where information security professionals often moved over from another profession, bringing with them business-world experience, today more young professionals are choosing information security as a first career, bringing a post-graduate degree and little experience. This discussion will explore expectations from individuals and the implications for the information security department about managing career progression.
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