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Job Title – Cyber Security Specialist


Cyber security, or IT security, is the technique used to protect computers and networks from criminal intrusion. Cyber Security Specialist in cyber security are among the most sought-after professionals in the tech sector as businesses and governments seek to fight off an increasingly daring and ruthless cohort of global cyber criminals and hackers. 

Typical Job Activities

Seeks to build in security during the development stages of software systems, networks and data centres
Looks for vulnerabilities and risks in hardware and software
Finds the best way to secure the IT infrastructure of an organisation
Builds firewalls into network infrastructures
Constantly monitors for attacks and intrusions
Identifies the perpetrator and liaising with the police if necessary

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Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with matric exemption
For a Degree course in Computer Sciences or programming or related fields at a University

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics
Recommended subjects: Computer Science

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Be able to enjoy mathematics and solving problems
Be able to concentrate for long periods
Be imaginative
Be patient and accurate
Be able to think logically
Be able to make his own decisions
Be able to divide tasks into steps of logical sequence
Be able to persevere with a task until all the problems are solved

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Possible Employers

Government departments
Computer manufacturers
Research organisations
Commerce and industry
Insurance companies
Network providers
Security consultancy firms

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Relevant Contact Details

Information Technology Industry Training Board
Tell: 011 7893805

Computer Users Council of South Africa

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific fieldWork performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I can apply my special skills
I can design things
I can work with technology