There are a lot of fields that have been gaining plenty of traction these past few years. Information technology and Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP are two examples of expertise that are in high demand; offering your consultation services in these fields will allow you to gain access to more potential clients. Another field that is very appealing is information security.



More and more businesses – and individual users – are storing their sensitive information digitally, making the whole concept of information security even more important than ever. If you want to become an information security consultant, here are the things you need to get started.


Certifications


There are several universities that offer degrees in information security. Both bachelor’s and master’s degrees are available, including a Master of Science in Information Security, which is considered to be the top degree to get if you’re serious about entering the field. Degrees, however, aren’t always needed.
As with many fields in technology, certifications can be worth so much more than a degree. Potential clients prefer certifications because they signal the fact that you have standards you’re following when consulting for them. On the other hand, certification programs allow you to develop practical and up-to-date skills required to succeed in a particular field.
There are some very interesting certifications to pick up indeed. The Certified Information Security Manager or CISM certification is a great place to start. Certified Information Systems Security Professional or CISSP is another great alternative to consider. Both certifications are issued by ISACA or Information Systems Audit and Control Association and carry a lot of weight in the field.


Essential Skills and Specializations


The field of information security is a massive one to explore. You can’t expect to be good at everything related to information security; in fact, you shouldn’t. As mentioned previously, clients prefer those with a specific set of skills rather than someone who knows the surface of everything. There are plenty of specializations to choose from too.


You can focus on biometrics, a field that will be big in the near future. Corporations are starting to switch to biometric security as part of their everyday workflows, which means more specialists in this field are needed to make the transition process as smooth as possible.


There is also the field of ethical hacking. As an ethical hacker, your job is to test security systems from the outside and find holes that can be potentially exploited in various systems.


Work with Others


Before you jump into this field and start offering your services, you also need to do a bit of networking. This will help you offer the right set of services without having to learn about everything. When dealing with hardware failures or setting up a disaster recovery protocol for older systems, for instance, having someone who can do SCSI RAID recovery just a phone call away is a huge plus.


That’s it! Complete the preparation steps, get your skills refreshed and certified and you’ll start receiving requests for consultation in on time.
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