In this video, Marc Menninger describes key roles and jobs performed by IT security specialists and technicians. Discover which skills and certifications IT security specialists and technicians are expected to have. Learn how many years of experience and other requirements you'll need to qualify for this high-demand IT security job.
- [Instructor] IT security specialists or technicians perform a wide variety of entry level to intermediate level security jobs. As an IT security specialist or technician you're there when the organization needs you to get the security job done. Your role will be to support the organization's security program and respond immediately in the event of a security incident. In addition to IT security specialist or technician other common job titles include, information security specialist, cyber security specialist, computer security technician, and network security specialist.
There are quite a few skills included in almost every IT security specialist or technician job listing. The most common is a strong understanding of computer networking concepts such as TCP/IP, routing and switching, and firewalls. Along with that, knowledge of Windows, Unix, and Lenox operating systems is often required. You'll use these skills to support the organization's implementation of IT security at the network and operating system levels. As an IT security specialist or technician you'll also be expected to have strong skills in security technologies and processes such as IDS/IPs, penetration and vulnerability testing, DLP, and anti-malware.
As the job title implies, it's not unusual for an IT security specialist to specialize on implementing and supporting one or more of these technologies or processes. Another skill frequently expected from IT security specialists or technicians is a solid understanding of ISO 27001/270002, ITIL, and COBIT frameworks. Since IT security specialists and technicians often support an organization's implementation of these frameworks, having a firm understanding of them is important.
Likewise, many job listings for IT security specialists or technicians require familiarity with PCI, HIPAA, GLBA, and SOX compliance assessments. Many organizations hire IT security specialists and technicians to implement and enforce the security controls required by these regulations. You can start your IT security career as an IT security specialist or technician, but in addition to having the skills I just described you'll need to have at least one to two years of hands on experience performing work directly related to the job you're applying for.
For senior level IT security specialists or technician jobs you'll need to have least five years of on the job experience. Frequently desired certifications for IT security specialists or technicians include, CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+, CCNA, SANS GIAC certifications, GSEC, GCIH, and GCIA, CEH, and CISSP. An IT security specialist or technician job is a great way to get your IT security career started and to build the hands on technical skills that are in demand by employers.
Marc closes with a few pieces of career advice specific to the world of information security, which will help you succeed in this dynamic and high-demand industry.
- IT security key concepts
- Understanding the job marketplace (government vs. healthcare, etc.)
- IT security success traits
- Career specializations
- IT security certifications
- Getting experience
- Marketing yourself