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.
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As a Computer Security Specialist, you will
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 +
- College of DuPage
- Computer Training Source, Inc.
- Directions Training Center, Inc.
- Harper College
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- MicroTrain Technologies
- New Horizons Computer Learning Center
Need Help Paying for These Skills or Certifications?
A WIOA grant can pay for up to $10,000 of training.
Types of Employers
- Computer companies
- Consulting firms
- Business and financial companies
- IT Manager
- Chief Information Officer