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Locally known as: Information technology security specialist, network security specialist, computer security specialist
Other popular terms: Firewall administrator, information security professional, information security consultant, information security analyst, computer forensics investigator, certified ethical hacker, vulnerability analyst, IT security engineer, IT security analyst, cyber security analyst, cyber intelligence analyst, IT security manager, SAP security administrator, lead digital forensics examiner, security solutions architect, Cisco cybersecurity specialist
What do they do?
With the rise of malware and computer related threats to digital assets, organizations and government units need more IT specialists than ever to defend against attacks on their systems, network and vital information assets with security measures.
IT security specialists leverage on their knowledge of current threats, technologies, and countermeasures to design and implement security for all systems. Some responsibilities include installation of security software, educate employees on IT security, monitor network for breaches and implement appropriate countermeasures to respond to attacks.
Some IT security professionals who specialize in computer forensics help gather evidences for prosecuting cybercrimes in court.
Who are ideal for such a role?
Good IT security experts are usually ones who are creative, flexible, very collaborative and committed to regular learning of new subjects.
As technology is constantly evolving and intrusions and threats are always erratic, IT security experts are expected to think on their feet around the clock and constantly pick up on emerging trends and knowledge all the time.
What qualifications or job experiences are required?
Most IT security experts generally need to have at least a bachelor degree in general IT or IT security field. IT security professionals are also required to have 2 to 3 years of job experience in 2 or more domains such as communications and network security, identity and access management, software development or fields related to IT security in order.
IT security-centric certifications such as EC–Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) or Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) do aid candidates in securing IT security positions.
Why be one?
While statistics revealed that there were only 1,500 IT security specialists in Singapore in 2013 (less than 1% of total IT manpower)2, IT security professionals can be one of the fastest growing career paths in future as businesses and governments need more security manpower for their prized information and digital assets.
There were some recent developments such as data and website breaches on government sites and Singapore Infocomm Development Authority's (IDA) heading the latest National Cyber Security Masterplan 2018 plan to groom more IT security specialists5.
While IT security specialists’ basic monthly wage1 starts at S$2,325 but they can progress by moving on to specialized job roles such as cyber forensic investigation or consultancy roles.
We usually recommend enthusiastic individuals to start off as network or system infrastructure administrator roles to gain more ground knowledge in IT domains such as network communications identity and access management infrastructure before venturing into IT security so that they can acquire a better set of fundamental skills required in this field.
What do we recommend?
To upskill yourself, we recommend the following certifications:
1 Extracted from Ministry of Manpower (Occupational Wages 2014).
2 Extracted from Ministry of Manpower (Occupational Wages 2014).
3 Extracted from Annual Survey on Infocomm Manpower for 2014.
4 Extracted from Annual Survey on Infocomm Manpower for 2013.
5 Extracted from Tackling the cybersecurity talent crunch article (December 19, 2014).