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What does an IT Security Specialist do?

Every business relies on data, but storing it securely can minimize risk and protect their most valuable asset. The integrity of the data can make the difference between a successful business and one that's struggling, with IT security specialists on the front line.

From product launches and trade secrets to client lists and order details, protecting data from hackers, spammers, DDOS attacks and industrial espionage is the work of IT security specialists and their expertise.

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Working as an IT Security Specialist

A career in IT security can involve a wide variety of activities and responsibilities including:

  • Setting access and permissions for new users on the network according to their job role
  • Training all staff in data handling, storage, management and security
  • Observing trends in data security and implementing those that would benefit the business most
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of industry best practices and relevant legislation
  • Compiling and presenting reports to the board of directors, management team and colleagues
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How much does an IT Security Specialist make in the United States?

Average base salary
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4.6k salaries reported, updated at Sep 24, 2020
$106,048
per year

The average salary for a it security specialist is $106,048 per year in the United States and $5,000 cash bonus per year.

Additional compensation

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Cash bonus
$5,000
per year

Most common benefits

  • Referral program
  • Health insurance
  • Commuter assistance
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) matching
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about being an IT Security Specialist

Which industries do IT security specialists work in?

All businesses which deal with customer data, product information or any commercially sensitive information should have some sort of IT security plan in place. Large organizations will often have whole teams of people keeping their data safe and their networks protected, whereas smaller firms may be more likely to hire a consultant to put the appropriate systems in place on their behalf.

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Is an IT security specialist job all about responding to threats?

In an ideal world, the security systems in place would reduce the chance of being hacked or having data compromised, so much of the role is planning and prevention. However, there will be times when a threat is identified and needs a response and these protocols should be clearly defined with a process in place to manage threats with minimal disruption.

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