What does an Information Security Specialist do?

Information security specialists design and implement systems and processes intended to keep electronic information private and secure. They analyze existing processes and safeguards and recommend changes, playing a primary role in defining standard organizational guidelines. They monitor systems for any signs of intrusion or potentials areas of vulnerability, and create policies and procedures for reporting issues or notifications. They also advise and train others on how to identify, avoid, and mitigate cybersecurity threats.

Information security specialists typically have a bachelor’s degree in a computer science field, along with experience in an IT role with a focus on cybersecurity. They should have hands-on experience using vulnerability scanners such as Nexpose or Netsparker, and a background in developing and implementing information security policies and programs.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
3%
2 - 4
82%
5 - 7
7%
8+
8%

Common Skill Sets

Operating Systems
CISSP CISM
Security Clearance
DOD 8570
Audit
Professionalism
Positive Attitude
Secret Clearance

Information Security Specialist Seniority Levels

Security Consultant
21% made the transition
Information Security Engineer
28% made the transition
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Information Security Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

£56,109 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£36K
Median: £56K
£87K
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