Information security associates usually work in an office setting and deal with a number of departments. They usually work nine to five but may be needed during special projects. They typically act as a liaison between other departments within the company when it comes to information security. For this reason, information security associates must have good people skills to successfully deal with a number of co-workers. Prior work experience is usually required, and a bachelor's degree is almost always required with a particular focus on information systems.
Security associates usually report to the head of information security. They assist them on any day to day problems that may occur. The duties of an information security associate are vast. The most important task is to assure that information systems are not compromised by harmful spam or cyber attacks. Security associates must test the system on a regular basis and make sure updates are applied in a timely manner. They must also balance the IT needs of other departments in the company and make sure all computer systems are working efficiently. For this reason, an extensive background in computers is required. Security associates must also be up to date on all of the latest technology happenings. Since technology changes so fast, security associates need to read and keep up with the most up to date literature in their field. Ideal candidates have excellent computer skills, are well organized, and can deal with a number of personalities on a daily basis. Ideal candidates must also be able to juggle multiple tasks and keep calm under pressure.
Information Security Associate Tasks
Determine and grant access levels based on the principle of least privilege to mitigate exposure of safeguarded information.
Train staff on security rules and policies for log-ins and passwords.
Audit, review, develop and implement data security policies, procedures, design and architecture to safeguard company information.