Computer security specialists administer, monitor, and troubleshoot security systems for companies to ensure that they are working properly, and they may also administer updates to keep systems running smoothly. Periodic testing must be carried out on the many security components within a company, so knowledge of security products such as VPN, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems are essential to success in this job. End-user security products may also be installed by computer security specialists for employees of their companies.
It is important that these specialists stay up-to-date with all developments in the computer security field in order to note any new risks and utilize the best systems available. When large-scale updates to the security system are necessary, the specialist may recommend particular systems to upper management in order to update or replace the current system. Sometimes, these specialists need to develop new systems, so it is also important to be familiar with various coding languages.
Computer security specialists may be expected to educate staff members regarding how to best protect their data and use the security systems. In some companies, they are also expected to solve other IT-related issues, such as storage systems which the company employs or issues that employees cannot resolve on their own.
Computer Security Specialist Tasks
Analyze and define security requirements for local and wide area networks.
Update secure configurations by routinely reviewing vendor sites, bulletins, and notifications for security information.
Recertify application, platform, and server security periodically.
Provide technical advice on access control, security models, disaster recovery, business continuity planning, and security awareness training.
Plan, implement, monitor, and troubleshoot internal information technology security policies, application security, access control, and corporate data safeguards.