Security Specialist- A Career in Cybersecurity


We are living is a digital world. Each and every aspect of human life is connected with various devices knowingly and unknowingly. Even we are not exempted from the influence of devices connected to the internet. On the other hand, device protection is the main issue now a days.  We find various types of protection such as home protection, health protection, and vehicle protection in the form of insurance etc.

A major organization or corporation uses a security specialist to protect their software and network security system.  A security specialist is suitable career path to enter into the domain of the cyber security.

Job Responsibilities

The job responsibilities of security specialists vary depending upon place of employment.

Cyber Security specialists are required to:

  • Keep key eye on various security updates and improvements
  • Monitor the security administrations
  • Protect the system against any sort of disruption, damage, vicissitudes or unlawful access
  • Ensure relevant security tools are functioning appropriately, including anti-virus software and firewalls
  • Implement cyber security training to colleagues
  • Develop system specific security requirements

Career Path

Career Path for Security Specialist
Entry-LevelSenior-LevelExecutive-LevelSimilar Job Titles
System AdministratorIT Project ManagerChief InformationNetwork Security Specialist
Security AdministratorSecurity ManagerSecurity OfficerInformation Security Specialist
Network AdministratorSecurity ConsultantSecurity DirectorComputer Security Specialist  
 Security Architect IT Security Specialist

In the large world of cybersecurity, a Security Specialist is an entry-level position. But he/she has to a long road towards executive-level roles.

Job Requirements for Cyber Security Specialist

Hard Skills

  • Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
  • Vulnerability and Penetrations Tests (VAPT)
  • Anti-malware, Anti-virus, and Firewall
  • Programming languages like PHP, Java, C++, C# or C
  • UNIX, Windows, and Linux systems
  • Threat modeling
  • Coding practices and ethical hacking
  • Load Balancer
  • Proxy Server and Packet Shaper

Soft Skills

  • Strong communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem Solver
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to work well with others
  • Disciplined
  • Diagnostic skills
  • Excellent presentation
  • Active listening skills


Initially, when you are intended to enter into the domain of cybersecurity, some employers may accept an associate’s degree or one-two years of work experience. After inculcating various knowledge in cybersecurity, if you want to brush up your knowledge according to the requirements, you must have a technical bachelor’s degree which is usually going to be required. To enhance your career, a master’s degree specializing in technical security, or obtaining approved certifications will provide you additional benefits.

Work Experience

  • 1-to-2 years of relevant experience
  • 5 years of IT security experience

Salary Expectations

Salary in Cyber Security Domain

What employers are looking for

  • Pertinent Experience
  • Think like hackers
  • Team spirit
  • Build strong professional relationships

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