Information Security is the Key Skill of the Future
AUTHOR: KATIE FRANKLIN 27 OCTOBER 2011
It’s official — information security is the most important attribute for IT professionals of the future to possess according to the BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT.
Perhaps not surprisingly, given the almost daily announcement of data losses and high profile hacking attacks, the BCS members voted information security as the top skill for tomorrow’s IT professional.
The skill topped a poll run by the BCS ahead of its IT training and professional development summit. At the summit, CIOs from across the UK discussed what skills the IT industry needs in the future and how organisations can prepare by prioritising IT training and professional development now.
The views of such senior IT figures on the relative importance of information security was reinforced by the fact that it gained 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 Thilthorpe, director of professionalism at BCS, said, “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.”
He went on to stress that the continued expansion of online business opportunities drives the need for information security, assurance, and cyber security skills. He said organisations “needed to understand information and have an approach to risk management”.
So the message is clear: whether you’re contemplating your next career move in IT or planning your organisation’s future training requirements, information security should figure prominently at the top of your list!