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IT Security Specialist

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IT Security Specialist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€32 - 75
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Typical salary range is:
Graduate/Starting: 42
Senior/Potential: 75+
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

Shortage of the following skills have been identified in the National Skills Bulletin 2017

InfoSec (IT security), IoT (internet of things), BYOD (bring your own device), data/information security; IT internal audit

0.1%
Occupational Category

ICT Specialist & Project Managers

Also included in this category:

Technical directors (computer services); data centre managers; IT managers; IT support managers; programme managers (computing); project leaders (software design).

Number Employed:

13,300

Part time workers: 4%
Aged over 55: 5%
Male / Female: 75 / 25%
Non-Nationals: 17%
With Third Level: 90%
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Implements and monitors security protocols at the development stages of software systems, networks and data centres.


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The Work header image

IT Security is fast becoming one of the most important roles in the tech sector as cybercriminals and hackers become more and more sophisticated.

Any computer connected to the Internet is vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Cyber security is the technique used to protect computers and networks from these types of intrusions and from criminal attack.

Specialists in cybersecurity are among the most sought-after professionals in the tech sector, as business and governments seek to fight off an increasingly daring and ruthless group of global cybercriminals and hackers. With some of the world’s biggest firms and banks as well as governments under constant fire of threats, skilled, clever and dedicated security specialists work in a field that demands a mix of artistry and technical expertise. They need to be one step ahead of the hackers and organised criminals at all times.

Alternative job titles for this role include:

  • Cybersecurity specialist
  • Network security specialist
  • Information security specialist
  • Cybersecurity software engineers

The Work

  • Implements security protocol at 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 intrusion
  • When the cybersecurity specialist finds a potential threat or attempted breach, close off the security vulnerability
  • Identifies the perpetrator and liaises with the police if necessary

There is strong demand for skilled, qualified IT security specialists both in Ireland and around the world as the threat from cybercriminals and hackers grows. There is great potential for career progression, especially in larger organisations and financial service providers. There is also scope for experienced security professionals to set up their own business as consultants.

Why it matters

Months after American hackers demonstrated how easily they could disable an electric car while it was in motion, carmakers are under growing pressure to do something about the threat. U.S. senators are asking carmakers to provide updates on what they were doing to protect motorists from unwanted intrusions. The Canadian military are now looking for car hackers to study “the security of automotive vehicles, including understanding their vulnerabilities and assessing the potential mitigation measures”. Similarly, Tesla and General Motors are hiring security researchers to help them secure their vehicles before release.

Typical employers of IT Security Specialists  include:

  • Network providers
  • Government
  • Banks
  • Schools and universities
  • Airlines
  • Any large organisation with a database
  • Security consultancy firms

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Skills and qualities required for this role include:

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


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Most positions in cyber security require at least a bachelors degree. Employers are seeking to hire employees with proficiency in:

  • Firewalls
  • Network Security
  • LINUX
  • UNIX
  • CISA
  • Cryptography
  • Cisco
  • Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
  • System and Network Configuration
  • Scanners

 Relevant qualifications for a career in this area include Degrees in:

  • IT security
  • Computer programming
  • Computer science
  • Information science
  • Computer engineering
  • Software engineering.

All are common gateways to a career in IT Security. Alternative routes may apply to students with related courses, general computing certification or diploma level qualifications. Courses in Computer Forensics and Security, or Digital Forensics and Cyber Security can also be found at at the Institutes of Technology countrywide.

Further details on eligibility requirements for third level entry following FET /QQI qualification, see CAO course search.

Last Updated: November, 2015


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