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Internet Security Specialists
An Internet security specialist is someone who is responsible for protecting 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, Internet security engineers, information security technicians, and network security consultants.