Information Security Specialist | A Career Overview

Information Security Specialist | A Career Overview

Who is an Information Security Specialist?

Cybersecurity professionals, also known as information (IT) security specialists or network security specialists, play a critical role in safeguarding the information systems of corporations and other organizations.

Traditionally, essential technology responsibilities were performed by network operations and IT technology specialists and teams. But, because our world has become so reliant on modern technology for almost everything, the stakes are higher than ever.

As a result, cybersecurity experts and their IT security colleagues have become indispensable to all enterprises, working both on the front lines and behind the scenes to defend digital systems and assets from hackers, threats, and vulnerabilities.

Sometimes, cybersecurity experts have in-depth knowledge of a certain vendor's product (such as CISCO Systems, which manufactures networking and IT devices), or they may have competence in other disciplines such as computer operating systems or mobile apps.

What do they do?

Cybersecurity professionals work on IT teams devoted to ensuring the integrity of a company's network and data. Traditionally, network operations and information technology were used to complement the primary business. However, the success of a corporation is increasingly dependent on the performance and competence of its network. As a result, full-time cybersecurity workers have gone from a luxury to a must.

Roles and Responsibilities of  Information Security Specialist:-

  • Facilitate project-wide cooperation of information security systems.
  • When developing and implementing an IT system, keep security in mind.
  • Create and manage project-specific documentation and plans.
  • Conduct vulnerability assessments and controls to identify flaws, review the efficacy of current controls, and recommend corrective action.
  • Inform IT security management on residual risk, security exposures, vulnerabilities, noncompliance, and mistreatment of information assets.
  • Participate in project reviews, incident debriefs, and analysis findings to identify problems and gaps.
  • Look for ways to strengthen communication and education strategies through constant improvement and modifications.
  • Perform a consultative role in acquisition initiatives to examine security requirements and controls.
  • Ensure that security controls are carried out in accordance with the strategy.
  • Merge important IT projects to guarantee that security issues are addressed throughout the project life cycle.
  • Firewalls, password protection, and other mechanisms are used to secure networks.
  • Examine hardware for susceptible points of entry.
  • Monitor network activity to detect problems early and report them to IT staff.
  • Take action in response to data breaches and malware threats.
  • When necessary, act as a security expert and provide pieces of training.
  • Create policies and procedures.


Required Skills:-

  • Experience as a Computer Security Specialist is required.
  • Programming abilities (e.g., knowledge of C++ and PHP languages) are desirable.
  • Knowledge of security frameworks (for example, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework) and risk management approaches
  • Understanding of patch management, firewalls, and intrusion detection and prevention systems (e.g. TippingPoint)
  • Knowledge of public key infrastructure (PKI) and cryptographic protocols (e.g., SSL/TLS) is required.
  • An analytical intellect with strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and organizational abilities
  • Decision-making abilities
  • A BSc/BA in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related discipline is required, as is a professional certification (e.g., CompTIA Security+, CISSP).


Salary Statistics:


Experience ( in Years )

Salary Range(per anum)

Fresh or Entry-level 


Rs 6,00,000- Rs 9,05,000



Rs 10,09,000- Rs 13,03,000



Rs 12,00,000- Rs 20,07,000

A very experienced Information Security Specialist can get up to 25,05,000 LPA.


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Written By

Rishabh Jain

Rishabh Jain is a first-year student in the BA program in Economics and Computer Science at Delhi University.
He is a basketball enthusiast who has a very keen interest in various fields like artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital marketing, etc. Rishabh started writing blogs during his internship with Zcientia Labs as a Recruitment Intern. 


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