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What Does an Information Security Analyst Do?

Information security analysts play a vital role in keeping an organization’s proprietary and sensitive digital data secure. They monitor  computer network systems to stop potential security breaches. They protect systems from unauthorized access by updating software, filtering out suspicious activity and recommending security updates before breaches occur.

If a breach does occur, security analysts often lead the efforts to counter the attack and execute a disaster recovery plan. Information security analysts primarily protect computer networks at companies, nonprofits and government agencies. But with the growing prevalence of hackers, more companies and small businesses need their skills.

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4,200+
Information security analysts evaluate safety of computer systems
Information security analysts prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks (Credit: LightField Studios/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Monitor access to the network
  • Perform security audits
  • Analyze security breaches
  • Create and maintain a disaster recovery plan or incident response plan
  • Verify the security of third-party vendors
  • Develop security standards and best practices for the organization
  • Communicate with users to discuss security issues and programming changes
  • Install software to help protect the company’s data
Education + Training

Most employers require a bachelor’s degree in a computer science or a related technology field. Information security analysis is a specialized degree that may provide more job opportunities.

Employers often look for experience in a related field, such as network and computer systems administrator. As a result, some workers reach the analyst level through on-the-job training and certifications, which can validate general expertise or specialization in a more narrow area, such systems auditing.

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • Have excellent listening skills
  • Have strong verbal communication skills
  • Have knack for finding innovative solutions
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Have strong analytical skills

Information Security Analyst training in your area

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Advanced Information Systems, A.S.

Porterville College
Porterville (0.0 Miles)

Cyber Security, A.S.

Casper College
Casper (0.0 Miles)

Network Security CP

St. Louis Community College
Bridgeton (0.0 Miles)

Cybersecurity, A.A.S.

Paris Junior College
Paris (0.0 Miles)

Business Compter Fundamentals Certificate

Mt. Hood Community College
Gresham (0.0 Miles)

Cybersecurity, A.A.S.

Atlanta Technical College
Atlanta (0.0 Miles)

Computer Information Technology, A.A.S.

Delgado Community College
New Orleans (0.0 Miles)

Networking/Cybersecurity Certificate

Spartanburg Community College
Spartanburg (0.0 Miles)

Computer Engineering Technology Certificate

Lorain County Community College
Elyria (0.0 Miles)

Power Systems Security Certificate

Glendale Community College
Glendale (0.0 Miles)

Cybersecurity Certificate of Achievement

Henry Ford College
Dearborn (0.0 Miles)

Cybersecurity Specialist Certificate

Tarrant County College District
Fort Worth (0.0 Miles)

Find Information Security Analyst Jobs in Your Area

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Federal - Security Control Assessor

Solekai Systems Corp
San Jose ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 6 months 1 week ago

Cyber Security Architect/Engineer (Vulnerability Management) Jr.

Perspecta Inc.
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Federal - Security Control Assessor

Solekai Systems Corp
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Federal - Security Control Assessor

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Denver ( 0.0 ) Miles
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Security Analyst

SAIC
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Federal - Security Control Assessor

Solekai Systems Corp
Atlanta ( 0.0 ) Miles
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Sr Principal Cyber Security Engineer

Northrop Grumman
Huntsville ( 0.0 ) Miles
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