Network security is of the utmost importance as more and more commerce is conducted over the Internet and hackers become increasingly more sophisticated and ruthless. Network security specialists plan, coordinate and implement an organization's information security to protect their company's systems and clients' personal information against unscrupulous hackers.
Network Security Job Description
Network security administrators teach users about computer security, install security software, monitor networks and respond to cyber attacks. The responsibilities of computer network security specialists have increased in recent years as cyber attacks have become more common, and valuable personal and company information has come under attack like never before.
Security specialists evaluate a system's vulnerability, and make recommendations to increase the security of a company's computer systems. They may also be called upon to:
- Establish disaster recovery strategies
- Develop new antivirus software to keep hackers out and systems virus-free
- Monitor the network for security breaches
- Get the system up and running, and recover information after a breach in the system
- Gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crime
With additional education and work experience, a career in information systems security can lead to a technology management position, even up to Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of a company.
Education and Training
Strong technical knowledge is essential for network security specialists. A degree in computer science or engineering plus computer networking training and protocol system product testing are necessary. Experience in all areas of telecommunications/data communications and familiarity with scripting languages such as TCL, PERL and HP are optimal. TCP/IP experience is helpful.