Security plus certification – training to secure infrastructure and proprietary data such as user accounts and financial databases as well as communications – can help develop more secure website design when network and systems engineers are part of the design team, saving Web developers time and money. Security plus certification, which trains information technology professionals to secure servers and networks, is important in website design in both planning and implementation.
Hardware analysts certified in infrastructure security choose what kinds of servers and network switches websites run on and through, while software analysts choose security software – such anti-virus software and other watchdogs – to protect the physical assets that run the website.
Software analysts also test and choose database software to establish and maintain user information and financial and sales information, including encryption for passwords, Social Security numbers and credit card numbers. Because internal applications can become exploitable, certified software analysts also test applications such as content management systems for security holes before implementing them.
In order to secure communications, in addition to networking and server technology, IT security analysts certified in communications work to prevent hackers from intercepting proprietary data. This includes running watchdogs for email traffic as well as file uploads and hacks such as SQL injections and cross-site scripting.