What are the skills required to become a Security Specialist?

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I am a Network Admin and I am preparing myself for Security Specialist job. I am preparing myself by getting certifications. Please suggest me the skills required to become a Security Specialist. It would be helpful for me. Thanks
Jan 8 in Career Counselling by Haman
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Every employer will have different needs. But these are some fundamentals skills:

  • IDS/IPS, penetration and vulnerability testing
  • TCP/IP, computer networking, routing and switching
  • DLP, anti-virus and anti-malware
  • Firewall and intrusion detection/prevention protocols
  • Secure coding practices, ethical hacking and threat modeling
  • Windows, UNIX and Linux operating systems
  • ISO 27001/27002, ITIL and COBIT frameworks
  • PCI, HIPAA, NIST, GLBA and SOX compliance assessments
  • C, C++, C#, Java, Python or PHP programming languages
  • Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
answered Jan 8 by Prior
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Hello Haman, skills required to become a security specialist are:

  • Strong IT skills and knowledge including hardware, software and networks

  • Meticulous attention to detail

  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of IT systems

  • A forensic approach to challenges

  • A deep understanding of how hackers work and ability to keep up with the fast pace of change in the criminal cyber-underworld

  • Ability to seek out vulnerabilities in IT infrastructures

answered Jun 3 by Aman

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