IT Security Qualifications
The minimum requirement for an IT security job is either a certificate or associates degree in computers, technology, or a related field, though most positions require at least a bachelors degree. A closely related field such as computer science, computer programming, or information technology will usually give you the basic skills you will need as a practicing IT security professional. Some colleges now provide degree programs specifically targeted towards information technology careers. Many employers may prefer applicants to have obtained a masters of business administration (MBA).
IT security professionals must possess strong analytical skills in order to careful analyze computer systems and networks for possible cyber attacks. These attacks can be difficult to detect, so security analysts need to be highly detail oriented, organized, and systematic problem-solvers. Ingenuity is essential as it will be your job to outthink cybercriminals, protecting systems before an attack can occur. It is also important to have good verbal and written communication skills and be able to work well in a team environment.
Most security professionals are not qualified based on education alone. Companies typically require applicants to have at least 3 to 5 years of experience in information technology or cyber security. IT security analysts also generally need to have some prior experience in an occupation related to the one they are looking to enter. Any work experience you have in a related sector will be a great asset to your qualifications.
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