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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:
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.
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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Hispanic or Latino9.4%
Black or African American1.0%
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University of Phoenix13.5%
University of Maryland - University College13.3%
George Mason University10.8%
George Washington University4.9%
American InterContinental University3.9%
Virginia Commonwealth University3.7%
Western Governors University3.7%
University of Maryland - College Park3.4%
Colorado Technical University3.2%
Community College of the Air Force3.2%
Michigan State University2.7%
Pennsylvania State University2.7%
West Virginia University2.7%
Johns Hopkins University2.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Securities Analyst, OTC Variance Desk||BGC Partners, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 13, 2015||$286,000|
|Securities Analyst, NDF Latin America||BGC Partners, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Jul 13, 2015||$270,000|
|Securities Analyst, NDF & Rate Derivatives, Latin America||BGC Partners, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 26, 2015||$270,000|
|Securities Analyst, OTC Variance Desk||BGC Partners, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2015||$202,000|
|Securities Analyst, F/X Liquidity Desk||BGC Partners, Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 07, 2015||$200,000|
|Asian Frontier Markets Securities Analyst||Anholt Services (USA) Inc.||Westport, CT||Jan 09, 2016||$200,000|
|Securities Analyst, BGC Remate Desk||BGC Partners, Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 22, 2015||$200,000|
|Securities Analyst-Fixed Income Desk||BGC Partners, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 14, 2016||$185,000|
|Computer Security Analyst||Gotham Digital Science LLC||New York, NY||Sep 18, 2015||$150,000|
|Security Analyst||Box, Inc.||Los Altos, CA||Oct 15, 2015||$140,000|
|Securities Analyst||International Value Advisers, LLC||New York, NY||Aug 05, 2015||$140,000|
|Security Analyst||Box, Inc.||Los Altos, CA||Jun 29, 2015||$140,000|
|Analyst, Risk-Linked Securities||Transatlantic Reinsurance Company||New York, NY||Jul 03, 2016||$135,000|
|Securities Analyst||Citibank, N.A.||Miami, FL||Jan 09, 2016||$135,000|
|Security Analyst III||The TJX Companies, Inc.||Marlborough, MA||Oct 25, 2016||$103,000|
|Security Analyst III||The TJX Companies, Inc.||Marlborough, MA||Feb 16, 2015||$100,000|
|Security Analyst||Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc.||OFallon, MO||Sep 16, 2015||$100,000|
|Associate/Securities Analyst||Tilden Park Capital Management LP||New York, NY||Mar 08, 2016||$100,000|
|Junior Application Security Analyst||Electronic Arts, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 19, 2016||$100,000|
|Security Analyst III-Tivoli Identity Management||The TJX Companies, Inc.||Marlborough, MA||Mar 23, 2015||$100,000|
|Analyst, Complex Securities||Duff & Phelps, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Aug 30, 2016||$85,000 -
|Security Analyst||K-Source Inc.||Plano, TX||Apr 21, 2015||$85,000|
|Security Analyst||Techdemocracy LLC||Edison, NJ||Sep 16, 2015||$85,000|
|Security Analyst||Technology Crest Corporation||Sacramento, CA||Dec 09, 2016||$83,480|
|Analyst, Government Securities||Doubleline Group LP||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 04, 2016||$83,000 -
|Security Analyst||Techdemocracy LLC||Edison, NJ||Jul 20, 2015||$82,118|
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