The phrase, Security Consultant, refers to an individual or a company that specializes in providing information assurance services. There is a wide variety of tasks that an information assurance specialist can provide. Quality can vary, too. Check with past clients. Some tasks performed would be highly technical while other services would relate to policies and procedures. The work that a specialist could provide would relate to inspecting the company for the purpose of certification of an information system’s robustness against threats and vulnerabilities (i.e. ISO 17799 and ISO 27000).
Its Relevance: A business or organization that is without specialized information assurance expertise would be wise to hire a third party to perform the tasks of an in-house specialist. Such an advisor might be tasked to inspect the confidentiality, integrity and availability posture of the organization’s information system and to make recommendations for improvement.
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