What does a Security Specialist do?

Security specialists are responsible for implementing and overseeing an organization’s security systems. They install, program, and maintain automated systems, including managing the distribution and coding of security passes or ID cards. Their role may also encompass IT security and involve duties related to keeping data and electronic records protected. They initiate and direct investigations into any security breaches, irregularities, or other issues of concern. They develop and document security policies and procedures.

Security specialists have at least a high school diploma, although additional education and training is preferred. They should have hands-on experience programming and maintaining electronic security systems and related components. They must be well-informed on all applicable laws and regulations. Familiarity with IT security practices and effective strategies for safeguarding electronic records is helpful.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Security Specialist make near United States?

$68,349 /yr
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Security Specialist
May 31, 2022

“Management encourages you to call them for any questions to help you do your job better.”

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Cyber Security Intern
Aug 13, 2023

“Their guidance and willingness to share insights enriched my learning experience and fostered personal growth.”

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Jul 7, 2023

“Good thing it was close to home”

Security Specialist
May 22, 2023

“My supervisor always made sure I had what I needed and communication was excellent”

Security Specialist
May 10, 2023

“Terrible pay and no real pay increase”

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Security Specialist
Aug 23, 2022

“All pros when it comes to next day pay absolutely manageable when its for needing money fast.”

Security Specialist
Oct 17, 2023

“Kyndryl promised upon layoff announcements that we would receive 2 months paycheck to look internally for a new position.”

Cyber Security Intern
Sep 6, 2023

“Salary was well and I felt valued as a team member.”

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