What comes to mind when you hear security consultant? Maybe you’re thinking it’s a person who gives professional advice about security. While that is correct, security consulting is more than just swooping into your organization, providing the best security recommendations, calling it good, and riding off into the sunset. The more likely scenario is that your consultant will become a vital asset to your organization.
Giving great advice is only a cog in the security consulting machine. At the core of the operation is the drive to ensure your organization and its information are protected. Consultants become a trusted ally as you navigate your way through enhancing your organization’s security program.
Upon conducting an initial assessment of your security risks, the consultant begins to design a shield that is tailored specifically to your security needs. Possessing expert knowledge, maintaining an unbiased perspective, and being relationship focused all have a large part in the creation of this shield.
The security threat landscape is ever-changing, and a security consultant will ensure that your program is continuously evolving, too. It’s no secret that a security breach can have immediate and lasting effects on your organization and having someone on your team whose job is to constantly be aware of your risk offers substantial peace of mind. When a security consultant is watching your back, you have the power to focus on future business objectives.
Spreading security awareness is crucial to the strength of your organization’s security shield. Each individual in your company has the ability to make an impact on security, both in good ways and bad. Security consultants not only bring awareness to your company’s risks, but to the implications of those risks as well.
Ultimately, security consultants want to empower organizations to conquer their security threats. Gratification comes when security consultants witness change happening in an organization. “For companies that turn the corner with a mass of security-aware employees, things start to change. It’s fun to be involved in that.” says Tony Schwarz, Security Consultant at Pratum.
It might be easy to assume that security consultants just give security advice. However, giving advice is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to security consulting. The level of dedication they provide to your organization makes them a necessary extension of your team.