Finance and information security professionals- emerging heroes in the new age.

 Finance is the life blood of every economy. Some people will tell you that ‘money rule the world’ while some will say ‘money makes the world go GAGA.’ Money management skill has never been this important in human history as it is today. A research carried out by an independent researcher shows that the demand for people with technical competence in the area of finance will increase by 30% in the coming year (2010)

As true as the above may be, information and information security experts are one set of people that has the power to put everything to a halt under a twinkle of an eye just by clicking a mouse.

Now, imagine the potentials an individual will have if he/she is able to combine these two wonderful technical skills. Am sure you will want to be among these few heroes that will rule this world in no distant time. If you are, then read on as this article will give you useful tips on how to become finance professional and IT professional.

A friend of mine will always tell me that ‘it all starts in the mind.’ This is to say that you have to be mentally ready as there is a lot challenge out there facing these set of people. The finance professionals are busy battling the ever complex and volatile world of finance while the IT guys are there struggling against the bad smart guys that want to steal peoples information at all cost especially financial information.

On this premise, it pre-supposes that for you to be a successful ‘hero’ in this our age, you must have an in-depth knowledge of both finance and IT

Note that I didn’t say certificate, but rather, knowledge.

Below are list of areas that have been forecasted to explode soonest

  • Asset Management
  • Fund Managers
  • Risk managers
  • Compliance Auditors (governance professionals inclusive)
  • Security Cloud Services –  e-mail security, web content filtering, authentication and network firewall monitoring
  • Date Security
  • In The healthcare sector, Electronic Medical Record systems operators
  • Secure software development and web application security – those with knowledge of C++, C, Java. And .NET
  • Those with knowledge of virtual: storage, servers, desktops and application security will hope to smile as there is a debate going on right now as regards the adequacy of traditional physical computing environment.

There are dozens of knowledge bank out there that you can tap from. Some of them are: ACCA (Association of Certified chartered Accountants), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants), ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association), ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners), CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) and ACEH (Association of Certified Ethical Hackers). Subscribe to their journals and get useful insight. If you can, get certified with one or two of them, but if you cannot, no problem, all you to do is get their materials and read them. If you read their materials, the only difference between you and a person certified will be the privilege/ preferential treatment given to the bearer of such certificate.

In this internet age, with a properly configured Laptop and internet connection, you may not even need those paper qualifications but your technical competence to consistently deliver high quality service over the net. You will be surprised at the amount of people waiting to grab the service that you are willing to offer- especially the IT services. Chances are that you want to climb the corporate ladder. If that is the path you choose to follow, then you have to get certified so as to be relevant. The SKILLS needed to pass these professional exams are not too difficult to grab. All you need is just the right MOTIVATION to become a professional accountant or an IT professional.