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Security Consultant


As businesses and governments grow, the world in which they are connected also expands. More staff means more traffic, with more people having access to the buildings and office records. An increase in people using their services means more people know what goes on within the organization. Computers, the Internet, phones, faxes, meetings these are all ways for people to be connected, but also, all ways for security to be breached.

Business owners, directors of companies and chief administrators of agencies realize that there is a real need to protect clients and coworkers. Not only from break-ins after hours, but also through computer hacking, hold-ups, and information leaks. Therefore, a company will hire a security consultant, who will help them analyze their weaker areas, and suggest implementing certain security measures which will protect the company from a number of different things.

A security consultant may specialize. In this computerized day and age, many concentrate solely on providing IT security, developing and suggesting virus detectors, firewalls and other solutions. Some consultants are experts in alarm devices, and work closely with restaurants, retailers, and hotel security to come up with good systems to protect clients and prevent break-ins. All security consultants should have a good knowledge of security devices, their uses, and their effectiveness in different situations, in order to give the client the best advice possible.
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  Interests and Skills  
Security consultants need to be good, clear communicators. They should be comfortable working over the phone, and able to work with both small business owners and heads of companies. They must be able to work comfortably in a team environment, as well as able to work independently. A genuine interest in customer service, the commitment to provide thoroughly researched and developed security plans is also essential. They should have good time management skills, and be able to work under deadlines. A second language is an asset, especially for those wanting to work in international or government security. If individuals choose to work in IT security, they should be very computer literate, and able to create as well as modify various software programs.

  Typical Tasks  
  • Assess security risks, like shared computer files, or large glass windows
  • Recommend security measures
  • Follow up periodically with clients, especially if security is ever breached
  • Keep good records of clients and their security plans
  • A security consultant must be part analyst, part salesperson, part friend. A typical day will find the security consultant deep in meetings with clients and alarm designers and alarm installers, touring worksites, assessing security issues and set ups. They will also spend part of the day doing research, designing computer programs if they do IT security. A security consultant will work with everyone from private citizens who want good home security to the heads of multinational corporations.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • A security consultant may be part of a team, working with an agency, or may work as an independent consultant. Some, especially those in IT, will be employed by the company they implement security measures for. Security consultants will work for architects, engineers, developers, governments, and corporate heads world-wide, as well as for retail companies, hospitals, hotels, schools, factories, and private home owners. They will most likely work regular, 40-hour workweeks, with the odd weekend or evening thrown in to install security systems or in case of an emergency.

  Long Term Career Potential  
Many people get into security after years of working in the military, with the police, or as an administrator with a company. Still, this could work both ways--after working in security as a consultant, individuals may move up the ladder to supervisor and eventually to owning their own security consulting company. Individuals may choose to re-train and become police officers or other security workers, such as a security guard or private investigator. They may also choose to work as a security consultant for a large company, as a full-time staff member.

  Educational Paths  
There are no real education requirements for this type of job, outside of a high school diploma. However, it is a good idea to pursue a business degree, a safety and security degree, a police studies degree, or a computer technology degree, depending on which area (if any) individuals want to specialize in, and in what capacity.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

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