Use this sample and step by step explanation for setting meaningful and inspiring employee performance goals for an information security specialist.

An information security specialist is tasked with the responsibility of safeguarding information systems by way of identifying and solving security system problems. He/she will guarantee the protection of the organization's systems through defining access privileges and control structures. The specialist will also be tasked with maintaining quality service by observing organizational standards.

In addition to that, he or she will also get to handle the following tasks; determining any security flaws, develop security patches when needed, reporting any security violation, perform system updates, participate in security related forums like workshops, organize and handle training on security protocols and preventing data loss by observing firewalls and switches.

Employee Performance Goals Sample

Employee's Name: Title:
Review Period: __/__/__ to __/__/__ Employee SSN:
Work Location: Supervisor's Name:


  1. Setting Goals: List specific goals in the space provided below each competency under "Performance Goals". Assign an appropriate timeline for each goal as well as numeric or financial terms to measure the goal.
  2. Employee Comments: The employee must comment next to each goal under "Employee Comments" with "Okay" for goals which he/she feels comfortable working with, and "Needs Clarification" for goals which he/she believes need to be discussed further. An employee who is comfortable with all the goals can sign the goals at this stage.
  3. Summary: Give a summary of the total time estimated for the employee to have achieved the goals. State action plans and specific milestones to track the goals. Any additional comments agreed between the employee and the supervisor should be noted here.
  4. Human Resources Review: Human resources personnel must confirm that the goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. He/she must then sign the goals in the "Human Resource" section provided under "Signatures".
  5. Signatures: When discussion of the goals has been completed and consensus has been reached, sign the goals and let the employee sign too. Send the final copy to the human resources for inclusion in the employee's professional records.

Performance Goals for Next Period

Performance Goals

Employee Comments


Consult with management as much to ensure unity in executing of duties

Be available to assist and help where major decisions are required

[employee comments goal]

Stay updated on different types of equipment introduced to the company

Follow the safety precautions keenly to ensure security is maintained at all times

[employee comments goal]

Remember that people are human beings and no one wants to feel humiliated by one's critique of their work

Share with people how one will assess performance so that they don't get surprised at the end of the review period

[employee comments goal]

Make employees document their work and keep records of their progress in checklists, activity logs or progress reports

Send out emails to employees who constantly seem to be wasting time reminding them that they are on company time

[employee comments goal]

Place goals in a place where one automatically sees them in order to stay motivated, focused and committed to staying on task

Believe that one's goal is doable and that one has the skills needed to accomplish it

[employee comments goal]

Put extra effort in following up on all meetings and documenting all the responsibilities and tasks delegated to participants

Put extra effort in assessing what took place during a meeting and make plans to improve future meetings

[employee comments goal]

Learn to concentrate in all training sessions and avoid distracters while learning

Apply skills learned in training session to advance skill set and career

[employee comments goal]

Put extra effort in improving typing speed and accuracy when using word processors

Learn how to use different versions and types of computer operating systems

[employee comments goal]

Always consider the needs of all users when designing new programs

Show more interest to follow and learn the latest trends in programming

[employee comments goal]

Seek for assistance when solving complicated problems and always welcome new challenges

Demonstrate more willingness to learn the basics of coding and programming

[employee comments goal]


Sections 1-2: To be completed by the supervisor

Section 3: To be completed by the employee

1. Goals completed since last performance feedback

2. Goals for next period

3. Employee comments


I acknowledge that I discussed this performance feedback with my supervisor. My signature does not mean that I agree or disagree with this appraisal.
Employee: Date:
Supervisor: Date:
Human Resources: Date:

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