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Working As A Cyber Security Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $97,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Cyber Security Analyst Do

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases.

Duties

Information security analysts typically do the following:

  • Monitor their organization’s networks for security breaches and investigate a violation when one occurs
  • Install and use software, such as firewalls and data encryption programs, to protect sensitive information
  • Prepare reports that document security breaches and the extent of the damage caused by the breaches
  • Conduct penetration testing, which is when analysts simulate attacks to look for vulnerabilities in their systems before they can be exploited
  • Research the latest information technology (IT) security trends
  • Help plan and carry out an organization’s way of handling security
  • Develop security standards and best practices for their organization
  • Recommend security enhancements to management or senior IT staff
  • Help computer users when they need to install or learn about new security products and procedures

Information security analysts must continually adapt to stay a step ahead of cyberattackers. They must stay up to date on the latest methods attackers are using to infiltrate computer systems and on IT security. Analysts need to research new security technology to decide what will most effectively protect their organization. This may involve attending cybersecurity conferences to hear firsthand accounts of other professionals who have experienced new types of attacks.

IT security analysts are heavily involved with creating their organization’s disaster recovery plan, a procedure that IT employees follow in case of emergency. These plans allow for the continued operation of an organization’s IT department. It includes preventive measures such as regularly copying and transferring data to an offsite location. It also involves plans to restore proper IT functioning after a disaster. Analysts continually test the steps in their recovery plans.

Because information security is important, these workers usually report directly to upper management. Many information security analysts work with an organization’s computer and information systems manager or chief technology officer (CTO) to design security or disaster recovery systems.

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How To Become A Cyber Security Analyst

Most information security analyst positions require a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Employers usually prefer analysts to have experience in a related occupation.

Education

Information security analysts usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, or a related field. As information security continues to develop as a career field, many schools are responding with information security programs for prospective job seekers. These programs may become a common path for entry into the occupation. Currently, a well-rounded computer education is preferred.

Employers of information security analysts sometimes prefer applicants who have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems. Programs offering the MBA in information systems generally require 2 years of study beyond the undergraduate level and include both business and computer-related courses.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Information security analysts generally need to have previous experience in a related occupation. Many analysts have experience in an information technology department, often as a network or systems administrator. Some employers look for people who have already worked in fields related to the one in which they are hiring. For example, if the job opening is in database security, they may look for a database administrator. If they are hiring in systems security, a computer systems analyst may be an ideal candidate.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

There are a number of information security certifications available, and many employers prefer job candidates to have one. Certification validates the knowledge and best practices required from information security analysts. Some are general information security certificates, such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and others have a narrow focus, such as penetration testing or systems auditing.

Advancement

Information security analysts can advance to become chief security officers or another type of computer and information systems manager.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Information security analysts must carefully study computer systems and networks and assess risks to determine how security policies and protocols can be improved.

Detail oriented. Because cyberattacks can be difficult to detect, information security analysts pay careful attention to their computer systems and watch for minor changes in performance.

Ingenuity. Information security analysts anticipate information security risks and implement new ways to protect their organizations’ computer systems and networks.

Problem-solving skills. Information security analysts respond to security alerts and uncover and fix flaws in computer systems and networks.

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Cyber Security Analyst Career Paths

Cyber Security Analyst
Information Assurance Officer Manager, Information Assurance Program Manager
Lead Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Platoon Sergeant Operations Officer
Division Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Operations Manager Operations Director
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Securities Consultant
Security Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Securities Consultant Security Manager
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Cyber Security Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Vice President Senior Vice President
Chief Risk Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Solutions Architect Network Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Subject Matter Expert Security Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Officer Information Systems Security Manager Security Manager
Chief Of Security
8 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Officer Information Security Officer Senior Security Consultant
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Cyber Security Engineer Senior Security Engineer
Senior Information Assurance Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Defense Analyst 2.3 years
Security Engineer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Cyber Security Analyst
Analyst 6.3%
Internship 3.9%
Top Careers After Cyber Security Analyst
Analyst 8.7%
Consultant 3.1%

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Cyber Security Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

68.3%

Female

20.3%

Unknown

11.4%
Ethnicity

White

55.8%

Black or African American

17.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.1%

Chinese

11.4%

Dari

5.7%

Mandarin

5.7%

Korean

5.7%

Russian

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Zulu

2.9%

Turkish

2.9%

Hebrew

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

French

2.9%

Urdu

2.9%

Persian

2.9%

Serbian

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Cyber Security Analyst Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

23.6%

Strayer University

10.8%

George Mason University

10.3%

University of Phoenix

10.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.7%

Western Governors University

4.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.2%

American University

3.6%

George Washington University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

ECPI University

2.8%

Capital College

2.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.5%

Ashford University

1.9%

Old Dominion University

1.9%

Kaplan University

1.9%

Colorado Technical University

1.9%

Capella University

1.9%

Norwich University

1.7%

Prince George's Community College

1.7%
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Majors

Criminal Justice

13.6%

Information Technology

12.7%

Computer Systems Security

11.8%

Business

11.4%

Computer Science

10.4%

Computer Information Systems

10.1%

Computer Networking

4.8%

Information Systems

3.8%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Management

2.3%

Communication

2.0%

Information Sciences

1.8%

Political Science

1.5%

Psychology

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Intelligence Operations

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.4%

Masters

28.8%

Other

10.5%

Associate

8.4%

Certificate

3.4%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.7%
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Average Yearly Salary
$97,000
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$68,000
Min 10%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
RCM Technologies
Highest Paying City
Sunnyvale, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
1.6 years
How much does a Cyber Security Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Cyber Security Analyst in the United States is $97,818 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $68,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $139,000.

Real Cyber Security Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cyber Security Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Aug 20, 2016 $92,500
Cyber Security Analyst Schneider Electric USA, Inc. La Vergne, TN Jul 08, 2013 $81,000
Cyber Security Analyst Schneider Electric USA, Inc. La Vergne, TN Jul 09, 2013 $81,000
Cyber Security Analyst Netenrich, Inc. Addison, TX Aug 18, 2016 $77,605 -
$93,413
Cyber Security Analyst Schneider Electric USA, Inc. La Vergne, TN Sep 07, 2016 $74,859 -
$82,260
Cyber Security Analyst Schneider Electric USA, Inc. La Vergne, TN Jul 09, 2016 $74,859 -
$82,260
Analyst, Cyber Security Santander Bank, N.A. MA Aug 19, 2014 $70,000 -
$80,000

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Top Skills for A Cyber Security Analyst

  1. Information Technology
  2. Network Printers
  3. Vulnerability Assessments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Use encryption technology, penetration and vulnerability analysis of various security technologies, and information technology security research.
  • Install and configure network printers, configure, and maintain security software on military computer systems.
  • Involved in vulnerability assessments and vulnerability management processes and coordinate with ISSO in the remediation of all security threats.
  • Review and writing of enterprise information systems security policies, procedures and guidelines for publishing to Microsoft SharePoint.
  • Handled any support tickets concerning information security matters, including reports of phishing e-mails and infected systems/incident response tickets.

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