July 15, 2016

Become a Security Specialist

Security Specialist is a catchall description for a wide variety of entry to intermediate-level IT security jobs.

In the majority of cases, will be responsible for designing, testing, implementing and monitoring security measures for your company’s systems.

As part of job, a specialist may be required to:

  • Analyze and establish security requirements for your systems/networks
  • Defend systems against unauthorized access, modification and/or destruction
  • Configure and support security tools such as firewalls, anti-virus software, patch management systems, etc.
  • Define access privileges, control structures and resources
  • Perform vulnerability testing, risk analyses and security assessments
  • Identify abnormalities and report violations
  • Oversee and monitor routine security administration
  • Develop and update business continuity and disaster recovery protocols
  • Train fellow employees in security awareness, protocols and procedures
  • Design and conduct security audits to ensure operational security
  • Respond immediately to security incidents and provide post-incident analysis
  • Research and recommend security upgrades
  • Provide technical advice to colleagues