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Graduate opportunities for IT professionals with 'people skills'

Published: Thursday, 21 April 2011   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

Professionals looking for graduate jobs in IT may benefit from developing their people skills if one expert is to be believed.

Peter Wood, member of the ISACA (previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association), suggested that businesses want more from their IT personnel than technical skills.

Speaking at Infosecurity Europe at London Earl's Court this week, he suggested that there is instead a growing trend towards more people-centric technology workers.

"Increasingly, as we see a change in the landscape with the way that IT is implemented with consumerisation, personal devices and social networking, boundaries are genuinely being eroded now," he said.

"The skills required from both an IT and an IT security perspective [are] a lot more people skills, sensitivity and sympathy towards what people's working objectives are, rather than just prescribing the rules, drawing the limits and being a policeman."

Infosecurity Europe provides a forum for information security specialists to come together and discus the latest IT security solutions, as well as offering advice and education to visitors, including graduates.

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