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How to become an IT security specialist

Develop and maintain secure database management systems for organisations.

What does an IT security specialist do?

From passwords to identity management, IT security specialists keep information secure and manage access to networks and systems. They protect organisations, staff, and customers, by maintaining secure IT environments. These valued tech professionals identify online security problems, lock them down, and prevent them from reoccurring.

Duties and tasks

  • Test security measures including firewalls and software permissions.
  • Identify security risks, suggest improvements, and implement changes.
  • Meet with vendors who handle security issues and supplies and install and maintain the necessary software.
  • Enforce IT security guidelines, policies, and procedures.
  • Consider future networking requirements and make applicable recommendations.
  • Handle backups and other maintenance tasks.

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