Information Security Analysts
Also called: Information Security Officer, Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO), Information Technology Security Analyst (IT Security Analyst), Network Security Analyst
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As persistently as computer hackers work to infiltrate secure networks, information security analysts work that much harder to keep prying eyes out. Information security analysts design and implement security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their creativity and innovation continually expand as the number and complexity of cyberattacks increases. In this field, it’s essential to keep up with new technology and preventive methods. Information security analysts install and operate firewalls, data encryption programs, and other software, monitor their organization for security breaches, and even simulate attacks to look for vulnerabilities in their system. Their work is the opposite of hacking— and security analysts need to know how to break a system’s defenses… just as well as they know how to build them. Information security analysts work for computer companies, consulting firms, or business and financial companies. Most work standard full-time hours but may need to be on call in case of an emergency. Information security analysts typically need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, or a related field, though some employers prefer applicants with a Master’s of Business Administration in Information Systems. As the field of information security quickly evolves, new specialized education and training programs are emerging, but having an ingenious streak will continue to be a vital quality for these professionals.
What they do:Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. Assess system vulnerabilities for security risks and propose and implement risk mitigation strategies. 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:
- Develop plans to safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure and to meet emergency data processing needs.
- Monitor current reports of computer viruses to determine when to update virus protection systems.
- Encrypt data transmissions and erect firewalls to conceal confidential information as it is being transmitted and to keep out tainted digital transfers.
Engineering and Technology
Arts and Humanities
People and Technology Systems
Ideas and Logic
People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
You might use software like this on the job:
Web platform development software
Data base user interface and query software
Transaction security and virus protection software
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