How to become a computer network security specialist

Cybercrimes are on the rise. There are many people who have fallen victim to a cyberattack and have lost vital information. Computer security specialists are people who work to protect the public and government from current and future cybercrimes. If you enjoy working with computers, learning about the ever evolving world of technology, and have a high moral compass, perhaps you should consider a career in computer security.
What are the educational requirements of a computer security specialist?
Most computer security specialists will need to earn their bachelor’s degree in order to begin their career. They will need to have majored in fields such as computer science or programming. During your college career, you will take courses such as computer coding to give you the knowledge and fundamentals needed in your career. In many cases, the more computer knowledge you have, the better your chances are for a prospective job. You can apply for entry level positions once you have achieved your bachelor’s degree.
There are some employers that will require you to obtain your master’s degree in information systems. Generally most master’s programs are two years and will require you to have your undergraduate program completed. Sometimes depending on a person’s lifestyle, a master’s program can be longer. Once you complete your master’s it doesn’t mean you should stop learning. While you are searching for certain job prospects, you should always keep up to date on current events and technologies. That way when it comes times for your interview, you will impress potential employers with your self-motivation and discipline to stay on top of events even though you are not currently employed.
What other requirements will I need to become a computer security specialist?
While it is not necessary, there are certain employers that will require you to have a certification. Depending on specialization or field of study you wish to pursue, you may require further certification. Always do your research to see what is required of you. You don’t want look for potential jobs without all the necessary requirements.
Can I advance in my career?
Yes, those in the computer security can eventually advance to a managerial position. It will take some years of experience before you can become a potential candidate for the position. Your advancement will also depend on your skills and ability to supervise and manage other people.
What are some important qualities to have as a computer security specialist?
It’s important to have certain qualities and traits in this career. Being detail oriented and with complex problem-solving skills will allow you to critically analyze all aspects without biased to find a solution to the issue at hand. Another important skill to have is ingenuity. You must be able to think ahead of the attackers and at times predict their next move. Doing this will allow you to protect vital and confidential information. One more quality you should have is to be able to think out of the box and troubleshoot quickly. There will be situations where things do not go according to plan and you will have to find a solution to offset the current issues at hand.
Sources:
1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm#tab-4

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