Information security analysts are responsible for the security measures that protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Due to the increasing number of cyberattacks, they must continually adapt to stay ahead of the attacks.
Information security analysts have a number of job duties:
Monitor computer networks for security breaches and investigate violations should they occur
Install and use software like firewalls and data encryption programs to protect sensitive information
Simulate attacks to look for vulnerabilities in their systems before they can be exploited, known as penetration testing
Research IT security trends
Develop security standards and best practices for their organization
Help end users install or learn about new security products and procedures
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED, bachelor’s degree
Job outlook (2014-24):
Growing much faster than average (18 percent projected growth)*