IT Security Specialist

IT Security Specialist

The role of an IT Security Specialist is to implement and maintain security systems within IT systems, both on-site and remote. An IT Security Specialist is responsible for preventing unauthorized access to data and responding to privacy and security breaches.

Roles & Responsibilities

As an IT Security Specialist you should be knowledgeable about security frameworks and systems. Being a natural problem solver with impeccable attention to detail is also highly valued in addition to having a broad, complex and ever expanding knowledge of IT systems and their vulnerabilities.

Some of the roles and responsibilities of your career as an IT Security Specialist would include:

  • Analysing IT specifications to assess security risks
  • Designing and implementing safety measures and data recovery plans for IT systems
  • Installing, configuring and upgrading security software and programmes
  • Securing networks and servers through firewalls, password protection and other systems
  • Inspecting hardware for vulnerable points of access and remedying them
  • Monitoring network activity to identify issues early and communicate them relevant teams
  • Acting on privacy breaches and malware threats and formulating plans to stop repeat incidents
  • Serving as a security expert and conduct trainings when needed and making sure that understanding of the issue is organisation-wide
  • Drafting policies and guidelines for IT security

Who you will work with

Cyber security expert is a collaborative role. You will work alongside other security and IT experts to identify and protect against threats, along with dealing with law enforcement to find the perpetrators responsible. Some of the other roles you would expect to work frequently alongside include:

  • Cloud computing engineer
  • AI (Artificial Intelligence) developer/engineer
  • UX designer
  • Mobile app developer
  • Games developer
  • SQL developer
  • Java developer
  • Full Stack web developer
  • Data engineer
  • Software engineer
  • IT analyst
  • Network engineer
  • Customer support specialist
  • Systems administrator
  • Security specialist
  • Computer programmer
  • SAP developer
  • Python developer

Professional Qualifications

A degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or a related field is necessary; professional certifications are highly valued, plus any work experience and knowledge of hacking or system breaches. Continuous professional development and learning is part of any successful IT Security Specialist career.

How your career can develop

In addition to the technical skills, good soft skills such as communication, listening and working collaboratively are vital as a team-based approach is often vital in terms of addressing any IT security issues. Specialists working in this field will often find that they have a level of knowledge that at times competes with the business interests of the company, so make sure you work with an employer, or with clients, that can align themselves to your skills so you can provide the best service for them and further your career.