Computer Security Specialist

What do Computer Security Specialists do?

Computer Security Specialists plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases.

Average Wage

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Experienced Wage

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As a Computer Security Specialist, you will

Plan, build and maintain security plans and systems
Install and operate firewalls and data encryption programs
Train staff on how to use security software and properly use computers to prevent security issues
Monitor data logs that report activity to ensure safety and evaluate security breaks
Coordinate security for employees, vendors and customers
Simulate attacks to look for vulnerabilities

Training & Educational Opportunities

To get started in this career, you typically need a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field. The experience can vary, but some positions require at least one to two years of experience in network security or as a network and computer systems administrator. Earning a certification may assist an individual in advancing in their career. The CompTIA Security+, Cisco CCIE-Security, or the (ISC)2 CISSP credentials are often sought after by employers. There are several technical schools and community colleges that offer shorter certificate programs for aspiring information security specialists.

Specialized Skills / Certifications

  • (ISC)2   Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) - Security
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) - Security
  • CompTIA Security +

Training Providers

  • College of DuPage
  • Computer Training Source, Inc.
  • Directions Training Center, Inc.
  • Harper College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • MicroTrain Technologies
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Center

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Types of Employers

  • Computer companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Business and financial companies

Advancement Opportunities

  • IT Manager
  • Chief Information Officer