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.

Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Information Security Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$97,273 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $97K
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Information Security Specialist Career Path

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Penetration Tester
Dec 7, 2020

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

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

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

Incident Specialist
Aug 3, 2019

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

A I Data
Jun 10, 2020

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

Personnel Security Specialist
Aug 31, 2019

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

US Marine CorpsUS Marine Corps
5711 CBRN Defense Specialist
Oct 21, 2020

“Career and personal development opportunities”

Altru HealthAltru Health
Information Security Intern
Sep 24, 2021

“enjoyable and good work life balance”

Bloomin' BrandsBloomin' Brands
Information Security
Sep 2, 2021

“OK salary and bonus but not great.”

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