A data-centric world, where data is a key strategic asset for every company, brings with it certain responsibilities on how any data is to be accessed, processed, stored and transferred. A major concern is data security and the implementation of its measures. Inevitably, this has led to the emergence of information security technologies, processes and professionals. Information Security (IS) is the practice of protecting confidentiality, integrity and the availability of information through the company’s applications, infrastructure and networks.

Attaining the utmost level of information security within any organisation is not a luxury but a necessity. An international standard that is widely in use within the industry is ISO 27001. These ISO series set the bar for security measures and ensure that information assets are protected. Typically, an IS strategy begins with the person appointed to assess the business, regulatory and customer obligations in order to identify and analyse the company’s security requirements. These requirements are the basis to developing an IS Strategy, which irons out goals and objectives that ensure solutions provided are aligned to business goals, and the company's risk profile. Once an IS Strategy is in place and the identified security measures are implemented, the need for continuous monitoring and improvement remains paramount.

The key for any company to successfully adopt the necessary security measures is to employ the right professionals. Information Security Engineers/Analysts, help ensure that a company’s technology and processes are designed and implemented to the highest security standards. The main distinction is between Software/Application and Infrastructure Security, two pillars that require different professionals. Software/Application Security aims towards protecting software and its related data, through the implementation of different measurements during each phase of the SDLC. On the other hand, Infrastructure Security aims towards the protection of a company's information assets from a multitude of potential risks ranging from the safety of the company’s infrastructure and networks, to business continuity and disaster recovery plans, storage, backups and other domains that are part of a company’s day to day operations.

The value of any company is in its data; it is an enabler for any business to differentiate itself and sustain a competitive edge regardless of the size and services. This in itself is enough to prove the importance of information security and the right professional to handle the required tasks.

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Charlene Debattista

IT & iGaming Assistant Recruitment Manager