Computer Security Specialist

Computer security specialists assess administrative, physical and technical security risks to information, software and hardware; and develop policies, procedures and contingency plans to prevent or minimize the effects of security breaches and concerns.

Computer security specialist also known as Information Technology Specialists, or Systems Security Analysts have a primary role to protect and safeguard information in computer files against accidental or unauthorised modification or disclosure.

To keep up to date with new developments, systems security analysts share information via e-mail, use web-based resources that send out alerts about new threats (for example, computer viruses), attend technical training courses and conferences, and read computer-related journals, magazines and newsletters.

The work of a computer security specialist depends upon the type of equipment and data that is stored. For instance, the type of equipment and media for information management include the following: modems, fax machines, manuals, wide and local area networks, telephones, computer printers and scanners, authentication server software, notebook and protocol analysers, network monitoring software, computer terminals and mainframes, notebook computers, internet directory services software and virus protection software.

The duties of computer security professionals may vary from the strategic planning and computer security measures to detailed implementation, maintenance and upgrading measures. These include: developing and writing policies and procedures for the computer security department; entering commands into the computer in an attempt to circumvent the new security measures in order to test the system; modifying security data files to incorporate new software into the firms security software; reviewing employee violations of computer security procedures recorded by the computer and monitoring current reports of computer viruses to determine when to update virus protection systems; reporting employee violations to user department managers.


  • government and provincial departments

  • large computer companies

  • research organisations

  • large business and industrial organisations

  • insurance companies

  • educational institutions and libraries

  • transport enterprises

  • mining companies

  • any company or business using computer systems and networks

  • a skilled and entrepreneurial computer programmer can start his or her own business.


Academic City College, Accra, Accra Institute of Technology (Ait), Accra Polytechnic, Adonai College, Adventist University of Central Africa, Africa Institutional Management Services (AIMS), All Nations University College, Anistemi College and Training Centre, Belgium Campus, Bindura University of Science Education, Bishop Stuart Universities, Boston City Campus & Business College, Botho University, Botswana Accountancy College, Cavendish University, Centre for Training and Projects Development (CTPD), Chinhoyi University of Technology, Christian Service University College, Chuka University, College of Intergrated Healthcare, Commerce and Computer College of South Africa, CTU, Damelin, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, DMI-St.Eugene University, Durban Computer College, Durban University of Technology , Egerton University, Gaborone Institute of Professional Studies, Ghana Christian University College, Ghana Technology University College, Gideon Roberts University, Gretsa University, Harare Institute of Technology, Institute of Development Management, International Training College ? Lingua (ITCL), International University of East Africa, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kabarak University, Karatina University, Kayiwa International University, KCA University, Kenya Highlands Evangelical University, Kibabii University, Kirinyaga University College, Kiriri Women's University of Science and Technology, Knutsford University College, Koforidua Polytechnic, Kumasi Polytechnic, Kwame Nkrumah University, Kyambogo University, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Lira University, Machakos University College, Makerere University, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Marian University College, Maseno University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Meritorious Biz Tech College, Meru University of Science and Technology, Middlesex University Mauritius, Monash South Africa, Monitronic Success College, Mount Kenya University, Multimedia University of Kenya, Murang'a University of Technology, Namibia University of Science and Technology, National University of Lesotho, National University of Science & Technology, Ndejje University, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Nkumba University, North-West University, Nsaka University, Oval International Computer Education, Pearson Institute of Higher Education, Pentecost University College, Presbyterian University of East Africa, Riara University, Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology, Rongo University College, Rusangu University, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Sol Plaatjies University, South Eastern Kenya University, St Paul's University, Strathmore University, Sylvia University, Taita Taveta University College, Technical University of Kenya, Texila American University, The Copperbelt University, Tom Mboya University College, Uganda Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda Technology and Management University, Umma University, Université des Mascareignes, University of Botswana, University of Cape Town, University of Dar Es Salaam, University of Eldoret, University of Ghana, University of Gitwe, University of Johannesburg, University of Kabianga, University of Kigali, University of Kisubi, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Lusaka, University of Malawi (Chancellor College), University of Malawi (The Polytechnic), University of Mauritius, University of Mpumalanga, University of Nairobi, University of Namibia, University of Pretoria, University of Rwanda, University of Sacred Heart, University of Stellenbosch, University of Technology Mauritius, University of the Free State, University of Zambia, Valley University of Science and Technology, Varsity College, Victoria University, Web-Info-Net Institute of Technology, Zambia Catholic University, Zenith University College