Internet Security Specialists

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Internet security specialists protect a company's computer and data network, which can be accessed through the Internet, from intrusion by hackers. Large-profile companies, such as Sony have reported alarming Internet security breaches in which personal and financial information of customers were stolen. Hackers accessing a person's social security number and credit card information can steal a person's identify or use the credit card for his or her own purchases. For this reason, most companies that have a significant online retail presence have beefed up their security departments, creating the need for these employees.

Large banks, retail stores, auction Web sites, and similar companies have the biggest need for Internet security specialists. The government also hires a large number of these professionals to protect sensitive information and large databases. Other Internet security specialists work for consulting firms that specialize in Internet security. Internet security specialists are sometimes known as Internet security administrators, information security analysts, Internet security engineers, information security technicians, and network security consultants. Approximately 88,880 information security analysts are employed in the United States. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Information Security Analysts, Information Security Technicians, Internet Security Administrators, Internet Security Engineers, Network Security Consultants, Network Security Specialists
Duties Protect an organization's network and computer systems from unauthorized intrusion or usage via Internet connections
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Two to three years' experience required
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Information Management
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Background checks may be required
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Internet Security Consultant
  • Internet Security Manager
  • Senior Internet Security Specialist
  • Internet Security Specialist