Companies are now hiring outside computer security rather than in-house staff, thus creating new opportunities for IT experts to start successful consulting businesses. There is a recent growth in the employment of computer professionals such as IT security specialists in the market. Here is how you can start your career in becoming an IT security specialist.

  1. Take classes in the areas of computer science, calculus and website design in school and university. Courses in business and psychology will also prepare you to help companies deal with unauthorised users trying to gain access to their computer networks or programmes.
  2. Look for associate or bachelor’s degree programmes in computer science, information science or management information systems at a local university. An associate degree programme takes two years and allows you to enter the workforce quickly. A bachelor’s degree programme, on the other hand, takes four years to complete and makes you more attractive to employers. Some employers also only accept IT security specialists who have completed a bachelor’s degree programme which requires general education or liberal arts courses, such as English and communications in addition to industry-relevant classes.
  3. Apply for the chosen degree programme in computer security. Ensure that you meet the minimum entry requirements and in addition, you might have to submit scores from standardised tests as part of the admissions process.
  4. Complete coursework in computer security-related subjects. Statistics and mathematics also offer a solid foundation for computer information technology. Some major-specific classes cover risk management, computer programming, and most networking technologies.
  5. Apply for internship positions in the IT security specialist field. STJobs jobs portal offers lots of internship positions in the IT field. This will give you first-hand exposure to the responsibilities of a security professional and will open up more employment opportunities for you in future.

You can even contact hardware and software vendors as well as computer associations which sometimes offer written or practical exams as part of voluntary certification programmes. Adding this to your CV or resume will boost your employability.

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