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What are a security professional’s main responsibilities? | Texas Integrated Services

What are a security professional’s main responsibilities?

The responsibilities of a cyber security professional can vary quite a bit. It really depends on two things, where someone is in their career and the type of position that they have. Positions really fit into two different categories. You can be more on the technical side where you're working hands on with some security equipment, or you could be more on the consulting side where you're spending a lot of your day working with people and projects. On the technical side, cyber security professionals do all sorts of different things, sometimes there are operations responsibilities where you might be managing a firewall, or installing intrusion detecting systems and doing that type of work, or you might be doing monitoring and log analysis and watching for signs of unusual activity on the network.

Cyber security professionals also get involved in desktop management and server administration and those sorts of things as well. On the consulting side, cyber security professionals spend a lot of time working with projects and people. A lot of the profession is about building relationships and being able to work across the organization and explain to people the importance of cyber security, and also how the actions that they're taking can have an impact on the organization that they might not otherwise foresee, so the the cyber security professional in that role is really there as an advisor and a consultant to help bring subject matter expertise and a security perspective to different work that the organization is doing.