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Jul 31 2011   3:44AM GMT

Is Information Security a Viable Career Choice?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Working in an educational environment is an interesting experience. Young people seeking the knowledge they need to start their careers have a different viewpoint than those of us who are working in our fields. We tend to know where we are headed with our careers; the youngsters have questions about where they are headed. One student asked me recently is Information Security a viable career choice? I answered that it is.

The student was concerned that information security measures are getting better all the time and that it may not be necessary to have information security professionals in the future if things keep improving. I pointed out that we still have physical security professionals employed virtually everywhere even though physical security technology is more advanced than it has ever been. Criminals still manage to circumvent physical security measures even in the face of advanced technologies. It is no different with information security.

I assured the student that she couldn’t go wrong in pursuing an information security certification. Crackers will always be there trying to breach the walls that we security professionals erect to keep them out of our networks. Sure, the technology will evolve and the skill sets needed today will be irrelevant tomorrow, but information security will always be a concern and there will always been a demand for qualified people who understand it.

Every information technology professional from the desktop support technician to the CIO has some responsibility for the security of their organization’s data. The Network Administrator’s role is probably the most critical since he is the one with his feet on the ground dealing with the day to day issues.

Physical security has evolved with technology; information security is doing the same. Despite advances, there is still a need for physical security personnel; likewise, there will always be a need for information security personnel. If information security is what interests you as a career path, I say go for it.

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