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Become An Information Analyst

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Working As An Information Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $101,780

    Average Salary

What Does An Information 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 An Information 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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Information Analyst Career Paths

Information Analyst
Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Specialist Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Senior Analyst Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Specialist Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Product Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Analyst Program Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Information Analyst Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    50.4%
  • Female

    46.4%
  • Unknown

    3.2%

Ethnicity

  • White

    76.0%
  • Asian

    11.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.8%
  • Unknown

    2.5%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    36.9%
  • French

    9.2%
  • Russian

    6.9%
  • Mandarin

    6.2%
  • Portuguese

    6.2%
  • German

    6.2%
  • Chinese

    5.4%
  • Arabic

    4.6%
  • Hindi

    3.1%
  • Korean

    3.1%
  • Tagalog

    2.3%
  • Romanian

    1.5%
  • Filipino

    1.5%
  • Italian

    1.5%
  • Japanese

    1.5%
  • Swedish

    0.8%
  • Telugu

    0.8%
  • Turkish

    0.8%
  • Dutch

    0.8%
  • Sanskrit

    0.8%
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Real Information Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Information Secruity Analyst 4 Sutter Health Mather, CA Apr 06, 2015 $125,000
Information Analyst III The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Aug 21, 2016 $115,350
Information Analyst III The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia PA Aug 21, 2016 $115,350
Lead Information Analyst NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR May 11, 2015 $115,000
Information Analyst III The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Aug 21, 2015 $111,448
Information Analyst III (Business Intelligence) The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Oct 28, 2015 $107,888
Information Analyst IV Dentaquest, LLC Boston, MA Sep 21, 2015 $105,560
Information Analyst III The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Jan 09, 2015 $105,000
Information Analyst Dynatrace LLC Waltham, MA Dec 15, 2015 $102,200
Information Analyst IV Dentaquest LLC Mequon, WI Oct 01, 2015 $100,750
Information Analyst Citgo Petroleum Corporation Houston, TX Aug 20, 2016 $95,680
Information Analyst IV Dentaquest, LLC Mequon, WI Jan 27, 2015 $94,053
Information Analyst IV Dentaquest LLC Mequon, WI May 01, 2015 $94,053
Clinical Information Analyst-Biostats Alegent Creighton Health Omaha, NE Nov 08, 2016 $84,718 -
$89,939
Analyst-Information Management and Insurance Emergent Product Development Seattle LLC Seattle, WA Feb 09, 2016 $83,392
Data/Information Analyst III Digital Intelligence Systems, LLC Plano, TX Dec 09, 2016 $80,496
Associate Information Analyst Daugherty Business Solutions Bloomington, MN Jan 09, 2016 $80,000
Consultant, Information Analyst II Daugherty Business Solutions Saint Louis, MO Sep 09, 2015 $80,000
Information Analyst II Daugherty Systems Inc. Saint Louis, MO Aug 14, 2015 $80,000
Information Analyst III JP Morgan Chase & Co Lewisville, TX May 23, 2016 $80,000
Information Analyst II Atos It Solutions and Services, Inc. Mason, OH Dec 04, 2016 $80,000
Asst. Scientific Information Analyst Chemical Abstracts Service A Division of The ACS Columbus, OH Sep 10, 2015 $70,387
Analyst, Risk Information Services Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Jun 12, 2015 $70,000 -
$85,000
Analyst, Risk Information Services Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Jun 30, 2015 $70,000 -
$90,000
Information Analyst I The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Apr 01, 2015 $70,000
Financial Information Analyst Hunt Consolidated, Inc. Dallas, TX May 26, 2015 $69,600
Trading Information Analyst Bomin Bunker Oil Corp. Houston, TX Sep 30, 2015 $68,848 -
$84,885
Clinical Information Analyst-Biostats Alegent Health Omaha, NE Jan 28, 2016 $68,266 -
$82,266
Global Data & Information Analyst Jones Lang Lasalle Americas, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 09, 2016 $67,683 -
$80,000

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Top Skills for An Information Analyst

DataEntryProceduresPl/SqlFinancialWebWindowsXPCobolIIMainframeUnixCustomerServiceTechnicalSupportProjectManagementJCLDataAnalysisSQLServerDB2SASPCDataWarehouseBusinessRequirements

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Top Information Analyst Skills

  1. Data Entry
  2. Procedures
  3. Pl/Sql
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Organized and coordinated documentation of data collection activities & data entry.
  • Trained over 800 employees in company policies and procedures giving the employees the necessary tools to succeed.
  • Programmed in Macro VBA and PL/SQL to support other software.
  • Team Lead/Systems Engineer Assumed position of team lead leading coordination and implementation of financial applications within Deposits System.
  • Created and tested web service data integration and business intelligence interfacing.

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