Information security specialists are in charge of developing and implementing security measures for their organization. They are responsible for analyzing existing security procedures and suggesting changes to upper management for increased efficient and extra security. Information security specialists present their findings to managers and recommend new technologies or policy modifications. They also research security measures and concerns to develop effective strategies to mitigate security risks, as well as develop systems and techniques to handle sensitive information in a confidential way.
Information security specialists create and review security assessments to compare previous and current risk performance. They minimize security threats by examining infrastructure and devices, identifying security flaws, and using control analysis to follow up with a prompt solution. In addition, they modify permissions in software packages to prevent non-authorized use, as well as monitor firewalls and switches to prevent data loss, and identity theft. Information security specialists generally work full time in an office environment. They report their progress to the information technology officer or supervisor in their department.
A bachelor's degree in computer science, informational security, or a related field is required for this position. Previous experience in information security - as well as industry and security certifications may be required or preferred as well. Information security specialists must possess strong interpersonal skills, as well as strong analytical and problem solving skills to tackle technical obstacles. These professionals must have an excellent understanding of user authentication methods and project management experience. They should be able to work well on their own, but also perform effectively in a team setting to reach organizational goals.
Information Security Specialist Tasks
- Design audits of computer systems to ensure operational security and protection from attack.
- Oversee and monitor routine administration of the information security department.
- Coordinate with other departments to promote awareness and training on security protocols.
- Implement, monitor, and maintain policies and standards for information technology-related controls.