Network Security Specaliast

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The network security field is growing quickly as more businesses, organizations, and government entities store sensitive data electronically. The position of Network Security Specialist protects the security of these sensitive data.

A Network Security Specialist detects, prevents, and resolves security threats to computer networks. The Specialist also maintains the integrity and confidentiality of a company’s data and information systems and monitors computer networks for security threats or unauthorized users. The Specialist’s responsibilities include planning, designing, implementing, and testing security measures to protect data and technology equipment from Internet-based attacks.

To accomplish the enterprise’s security goals, the Network Security Specialist will  install, maintain, and support networking equipment including servers, routers, storage devices, and other networking equipment and systems; and will provide technical assistance to users, will document procedures, and will analyze overall network performance to ensure effective communication between the network and its remote computers. Network Security Specialists also analyze security risks and develop response procedures and policies. Additional duties may include developing and testing software deployment tools, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems and developing policies that govern how employees can access company information using mobile devices or remote laptops or home computers.

General Educational Requirements

This position generally requires a Bachelor’s Degree in a computer-related field such as Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, or Management Information Systems. Some employers may hire applicants without a degree as long as they have equivalent experience, or an employer may substitute qualifying experience on a year-by-year basis if an applicant has attended college or university without attaining a degree. Almost all employers require industry certifications, and some may require a security clearance or passing an extensive pre-employment background investigation including a polygraph test.

Additional Qualifications

A successful Network Security Specialist will be able to work independently and as a team member, will stay up to date on the latest security issues, and will have demonstrated written and verbal communication skills to produce system documentation and to communicate with system users.

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