A Security Consultant works as an advisor and supervisor for all security measures necessary to effectively protect a company or client’s assets. Security Consultants use their knowledge and expertise to assess possible security threats and breaches in order to prevent them and create contingency protocols and plans for when violations occur.
Security Consultants can work as part of the staff of a company, usually as Head of Security or other managing positions, or they can work as part of a Security Agency providing help and expertise to third parties. Security Consulting Agencies usually work with medium or small businesses and with individuals looking to protect their personal assets.
The work field of a Security Consultant covers a wide range of Security related jobs, including the protection of property, financial assets, valuable objects, people, and information. Security Consultants coordinate an entire team of security specialists (e.g. Cyber Security Specialists, Bodyguards, and Security Guards) to provide a wide range of protection and defensive measures.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Security Consultants are required to complete.
- Analyzing the client’s assets and identifying which security measures are needed:
- Interviewing clients to identify possible security threats;
- establishing the necessary security parameters; and
- deciding on the best security measures available.
- Establishing security protocols and policies, as well as designing security plans to protect the client’s assets:
- Creating a set of rules and security standards;
- designing policies to protect the client’s interests; and
- implementing security measures, providing technical supervision and advice as required.
- Meeting with clients:
- Explaining security protocols and measures to clients, as well as all related costs (e.g. staff, equipment, and maintenance); and
- checking with clients for other possible security issues.
- Running vulnerability tests:
- Performing risk assessment tests;
- analyzing possible breaches;
- designing countermeasure plans so as to eliminate risks as much as possible; and
- writing and presenting reports based on findings.
- Researching the latest security standards:
- Keeping up-to-date with the latest security systems, tools, and technology.
- Coordinating a team of security specialists:
- Hiring and training new members of the team;
- assigning tasks to each member of the team;
- creating a schedule of work shifts to provide 24-hour protection when needed;
- coordinating and supervising all team activities; and
- assessing emergency situations and coordinating an appropriate response.
- Examining client’s assets to determine level of security needed.
- Designing security protocols, plans, and systems.
- Implementing security measures and writing security policies for clients.
- Coordinating and briefing with security team, assigning tasks accordingly.
- Meeting with clients to explain security measures and to provide technical advice on security systems.
- Running security tests and analyzing and reporting the obtained results.
The average Security Consultant salary is $73,159 per year or $38 per hour. This is around 2.2 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $51,000 while most experienced workers make up to $102,000. These results are based on 33 salaries extracted from job descriptions.