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Information Security Specialists

Descriptions & Duties

  • Information Security Specialists plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and systems. They ensure appropriate preventive measures are in place that can reduce the risk of potentially devastating security attacks.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Trade Specific Competencies

Analytical skills

Information Security Specialists must carefully study computer systems and networks, as well as assess risks to determine security policies.

Detail oriented

Information Security Specialists must pay careful attention to their computer systems, and be able to notice minor changes in performance.

Troubleshooting knowledge and skills

Information Security Specialists anticipate information security risks and implement new ways to protect their organisations' computer systems and networks.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • A recognised bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, or related field

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $15,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$110,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 16-27

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 28-33

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 34-44

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 45-49

Monthly Salary Directorate Pay Scale Point 1

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Information Security Specialists generally work in a typical office environment. They usually work regular office hours but sometimes need to work overtime for a project.


  • Desktop computers
  • Mainframe computers
  • Network analysers - Local area network LAN analysers
  • Notebook computers
  • Protocol analysers

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