Senior security consultants are responsible for providing effective system security recommendations for their organization. They analyze security settings and subsequently give advice to their organization, as well as check for security risks and take specific steps to highten security levels. These consultants help minimize security risks by using specialized techniques and scripts. They also monitor user activities and suggest changes to system procedures, as well as strengthen the security of wired and wireless connections. Proficient with security tools, senior software consultants serve as expert users on different operating systems; additionally, they follow industry security standards and user privacy protocols.
One of the consultant's main responsibilities is modifying access capabilities to detect intruders and avoid data corruption or identity theft. They use innovative technologies to assist with credential checks and login assistance, as well as establish network detection and back up crucial information using encryption. These consultants also participate in company meetings, lead employee security-related training sessions, develop effective security policies, and coordinate and implement consistent security standards across devices such as desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. They must create detailed reports, and deliver them to the executives or supervisor in their department. One of the senior software consultant's main tools is a personal computer with security software to make calculations and change security characteristics in computer clients and networks.
A bachelor's degree in computer security, system engineering, or a related field is required for this position. Previous consulting experience in a similar capacity may be preferred. Senior security consultants must have advanced knowledge of software packages - namely firewalls - and hardware security devices such as switches and routers, and they must be able to modify them to comply with company policies. Senior security consultants need to have extensive experience with system architecture and security control design as well.