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.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Network Security Specialists, Internet Security Engineers, Network Security Consultants
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available in all regions
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience A minimum of one to two years of experience required for entry-level positions
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Information Management
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Internet Security Consultant
  • Internet Security Manager
  • Senior Internet Security Specialist
  • Internet Security Specialist