In the context of information technology, a personnel security specialist coordinates network security policies to control user access to the network and protect the confidentiality of data. This role requires a deep knowledge of IT security protocols and software. Advanced personnel security specialists design, analyze, and update network security technology to meet a company’s evolving personnel security needs.
Other personnel security roles apply technical expertise to law enforcement. For example, the federal government hires personnel security specialists to conduct background checks and process security clearances or to conduct criminal or counterintelligence investigations.
A bachelor’s degree in computer science or information systems (IT) degree offers a solid start to a career in personnel security. It’s also possible to enter the field with an online IT degree and specialist certification in network security technology. Government personnel security careers may require a law enforcement bachelor’s degree.