One of the single fastest growing technologies in the security industry today is IP. As organizations evolve from traditional closed systems to the more powerful integrated IP systems, they need highly qualified professionals who can design, install and support these networked solutions. More specifically, the security industry is in need of training in IP and convergence – the bringing together of the traditional models with that of the more sophisticated technology models. There are many topics that should be of interest to those seeking IP and IT training. In the broadest sense, the two most important topics are probably basic networking and IP video. But when we dig down a little deeper into the topics necessary to have a strong command of IP, there are numerous items that one must make sure there training program consists of. This includes but is not limited to information on proprietary and converged networks, the OSI Model, protocols such as TCP, IP, UDP and SNMP, network administration, operating systems, databases, security applications, SDK, API, security integration and ID management.
The most robust training will also consider integration and project management. This will include such topics as logical access control integration; visitor management; digital video management; security integration toolkits; project management philosophies; auditing, facilitation, project planning; and even ROI and cost justification. Topics such as these help bring full circle the application of IT training to the security project and make technical topics more understandable by applying them to real world scenarios in the industry.
Connie Moorhead is the President of The CMOOR Group and founder of SecurityCEU.com based in Louisville, Ky.