Computer Security Specialist

Key Role

A computer security specialist's main responsibility is to ensure the security and integrity and safety of an organization's data. Individuals should have specific knowledge on wireless networking, cyber-space management and adapt their knowledge to stay ahead of cyber-attacks.

Quick Facts

  • Median Pay: $75,000-$86,000 per year
  • Minimum Education: Industry Certifications or Associate's Degree
  • Careers available in many industries (government, retail, manufacturing, data processing, and other information industries)

Job-Related Tasks

  • Write, test, and maintain computer programs
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures
  • Work with traditional programs, object-oriented languages such as C++ and Java, as well as other computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tools and artificial intelligence shells to create and maintain programs
  • Stay up-to-date on security trends and information technology
  • Investigate and monitor security breaches

Personal Characteristics and Talents

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to concentrate on current tasks
  • Customer service skills
  • Computer skills
  • Focus on multiple tasks at a time
  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to see and focus on the "big-picture"
  • Creativity in problem solving
  • Able to work as part of a team

Recommended Education

  • Technical certifications
  • 2-year technical school degree or Associate's Degree (Recommended not required)
  • Practical experience in related field (computer programming)

Career Opportunities

  • Computer Security Specialist
  • System Programmer
  • Computer Systems Designer
  • Computer Consultant
  • Data Communications Specialist

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Information Security Analysts, on the Internet at (visited March 26, 2014).

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LearnKey Learning Path

Our prescribed Computer Security Specialist career ready series is a well-balanced blend of Industry-leading certification prep and professional development. Included in the Computer Security Specialist series are LearnKey Certified courses that will prepare individuals for industry certifications, as well as courses designed to teach users the skills needed to attain and maintain employment.

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