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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Information Security Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

£56,517 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£37K
Median: £57K
£86K
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Information Security Specialist Career Path

Learn how to become an Information Security Specialist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Information Security Specialist Insights

Read what Information Security Specialist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Panacea InfosecPanacea Infosec
Senior IT Security Specialist
10 Oct 2019

“Overall this is a good place to start your career and gain knowledge while advancing up the corporate ladder.”

DionachDionach
Penetration Tester
7 Dec 2020

“This is a great working environment and I have improved a lot since I started at Dionach.”

TrustedQATrustedQA
Senior ISSO
24 Apr 2020

“One of the best small companies I've had the opportunity to work with in my career.”

TargetTarget
Target Security Specialist
25 May 2020

“This is a great chance to be called racist or be harassed for checking receipts all day long.”

Raytheon Missiles & DefenseRaytheon Missiles & Defense
Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO)
3 Jun 2021

“Very flexible work schedule with some minor work from home opportunities if really needed but not permanent.”

BPBP
Incident Specialist
3 Aug 2019

“Not much room for career advancement within the same area unless you know the right people.”

AlgoluxAlgolux
A I Data
10 Jun 2020

“People are treated so miserably that any perks unfortunately don't make up for it.”

PAEPAE
Personnel Security Specialist
31 Aug 2019

“Team morale is low because we know we don't get any backing and we have to fend for ourselves and our jobs.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an information security specialist

When working as an information security specialist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Operating Systems, CISSP CISM, Security Clearance, DOD 8570 and Audit.

The most similar professions to information security specialist are:
  • Security Consultant
  • Information Security Engineer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Security Architect

The most common qualifications to become an information security specialist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.