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Top three IT security professionals companies need right now

Julie Gearie
The global cyber-attack in May this year, and subsequent security breaches that have followed, are timely reminders of how vulnerable we are. Given this increased activity, IT security once exclusively a problem for the IT team, is now an agenda item for every board and executive team.
As a technology recruiter, I’m seeing a few role types rapidly increase in demand due to the heightened focus on IT security and risk. I’ve listed my top three below:
1. IT Security Consultants
No surprises here. When it comes to protection of an organisation’s digital assets, you need to call in the “big guns”.
An IT Security Consultant with certifications such as CISSP and ISO270001 is a must. They will lead risk assessments to identify vulnerabilities, contribute to the overall security strategy, develop frameworks and make technology recommendations.
These guys are usually employed on a short-term contract, but the best ones ensure that your IT team are enabled to manage day to day security systems and procedures.
2. Change Managers
The best defence against a cyber-attack is a well-educated workforce. It’s staggering to think that over 95% of all security issues are the result of human error. We will see Change Managers play a much bigger role in delivering communications plans and training programs to support cyber security initiatives.
3. Data & BI Analysts
Data is the new economy. It’s growing at a speed that is beyond our comprehension. Typically, your data is the target when it comes to a cyber-attack. As the new line of defence, a BI/Data Analyst will not only know how to manipulate and visualise data but they will know how to monitor and analyse for signs of fraudulent activity. Perhaps one of the newest areas of IT security, the demand for data specialists is rapidly growing.
The exponential growth of internet connectivity and an increasing dependence on internet connected systems means business risks for IT related vulnerabilities has never been higher.
Regardless of the size of your business, I would strongly suggest you make IT security a priority. Skilled professionals, either on a contract or permanent basis can help you navigate this area and ensure that your business’s most valuable assists are protected.
For further information contact GWG Partners on (02) 4905 0130 or email
Julie Gearie Julie Gearie
With more than 15 years’ recruitment experience, Julie Gearle is one of the most recognised and respected recruiters in the Hunter. As one of the original founders of GWG Partners, Julie started the organisation with a mission to help people do what they love every day. Now as CEO Julie heads the recruitment team working across Newcastle, the Hunter and the Central Coast. Over the past 15 years Julie has developed a diverse and extensive network of talented professionals – the innovators, leaders and thinker’s organisations need to build their business.