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Information Security Analysts

Also called: Data Security Administrator, Information Security Analyst, Information Security Officer, Information Technology Specialist

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What they do:
Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.
On the job, you would:
  • Encrypt data transmissions and erect firewalls to conceal confidential information as it is being transmitted and to keep out tainted digital transfers.
  • Develop plans to safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure and to meet emergency data processing needs.
  • Review violations of computer security procedures and discuss procedures with violators to ensure violations are not repeated.


Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
  • telecommunications
  • multimedia
  • management
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail


You might use software like this on the job:

Transaction security and virus protection software
  • McAfee Hot Technology
  • Symantec Hot Technology
Network monitoring software
  • Nagios Hot Technology
  • Wireshark Hot Technology
Web platform development software
  • Hypertext markup language HTML Hot Technology
  • JavaScript Hot Technology


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
certificate after college
usually needed

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:

  • IA Specialist
  • Information Assurance Specialist

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

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