Entry-Level Security Technician: Laying the Groundwork

A well-choreographed play undoubtedly has some dedicated behind-the-scenes personnel contributing greatly to the success of the project.

In the world of IT security, entry-level security technicians fit that profile.

Entry-level security technicians are required to do a lot of grunt work such as coding, but they also get opportunities to do some hands-on work — usually under the supervision of a senior colleague.

People in this job role at Laurus Technologies, an IT solutions company, delve into a great deal of research from a pre-sales standpoint, said Brian Wolfe, president and partner for security and compliance solutions at Laurus.

While it’s typically the more senior professionals who meet with clients and sales teams to identify the requirements and business drivers for projects, research and prototyping are entrusted to entry-level security technicians. Once a sale is finalized, these professionals have the opportunity to do hands-on work under the direction of their senior colleagues, including preparing an environment for the installation of software and undertaking the installation and customization.

Broad-Based Functions

At Laurus, entry-level security technicians work on one of two assignments: data-loss prevention (DLP) and identity management (IdM).

DLP systems monitor all the Internet traffic entering and leaving the network and identify the dialogues, conversations and applications running. These systems help identify any vital or confidential information the organization doesn’t want to leak. For example, health care organizations want to keep patient health records private, or commercial companies want to ensure Social Security numbers remain unseen.

Deanna Hartley


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