Computer Security Specialists
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Most employers prefer security specialists who have formal college training, although knowledge about computer security issues is the most important criteria. Many employers also require a bachelor's degree; however, some may require only an associate degree. Most employers require related work experience. Some employers hire computer security specialists who may have a lot of experience but little formal training. Employers often hire the candidate who knows the technology the company is using. Some employers prefer specialists who are certified.
Employers also look for computer security specialists who can think logically and communicate well with others. Specialists must be able to communicate with managers, in-house users, and off-site users. Specialists must be able to do a number of tasks at once. They also must be able to pay attention to details. Employers look for specialists who can work both independently and on a team.
With additional training, computer security specialists can advance to other computer-related occupations, such as systems analyst or information manager. They also can advance to owning their own businesses.
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