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Sample cybersecurity specialist job description

At [Company X], we value our cybersecurity team as the first — and last — line of defense in protecting our sensitive data from cyberattack. We’re seeking an experienced and vigilant cybersecurity specialist who can proactively prevent breaches of all sizes, understand when they occur, and take immediate steps to remediate them. In this role, the specialist will help keep cybercrime at bay, using expertise and analytics to monitor our data at all points of contact, ferret out malware and ransomware events, and recommend solutions for any vulnerabilities. The ideal candidate has an understanding of cybersecurity standards and certifications, extensive knowledge of how cybercriminals work, and determination to never allow them access.

Objectives of this role

  • Guard all company data, particularly sensitive information, from both internal and external threats by designing broad defenses against would-be intruders
  • Take the lead in day-to-day monitoring for unusual activities, implement defensive protocols, and report incidents
  • Collaborate with other members of the cybersecurity team to develop new protocols, layers of protection, and other proactive and defensive systems for remaining ahead of cybercriminals
  • Maintain documentation of security guidelines, procedures, standards, and controls
  • Maintain knowledge of current cybercrime tactics


  • Collect data on current security measures for risk analysis, and write systems status reports regularly
  • Monitor constantly for attacks and run appropriate defensive protocols if a breach occurs
  • Conduct testing to identify vulnerabilities, and collaborate with cybersecurity team to update defensive protocols when necessary
  • Configure antivirus systems, firewalls, data centers, and software updates with a security-first mindset
  • Grant credentials to authorized users, monitor access-related activities, and check for unregistered information changes
  • Help lead employee training to prevent phishing and other forms of cyberattack

Required skills and qualifications

  • Three to five years of experience in cybersecurity at a midsize or large company in our industry
  • Deep knowledge of IT, including hardware, software, and networks
  • Meticulous eye for detail and an ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong abilities in critical thinking, problem-solving, logic, and forensics

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in information systems, information technology, or related field
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work successfully in both individual and team settings
  • Ability to think like a hacker in order to stay ahead of threats