Information Security Analysis
Information security analysts, otherwise known as cybersecurity professionals, work in a wide range of roles, although they share a common goal: to safeguard online data from unauthorized access. Expertise in cybersecurity can lead to host of career pathways, including roles as security analysts, cryptographers, forensic experts, and source code auditors. Advanced degree candidates in cyber security can identify and respond to many of the field’s most complex problems as they conduct cyber investigations, manage data systems security, build security architecture, and develop security policy. They are versed in the technological, legal and ethical implications of cybersecurity.
An effective information security analyst has a demonstrated capacity to:
- Monitor networks for threats of unauthorized access using computer defense mechanisms that include firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention systems, and host based security systems
- Research emerging threats to network systems to prevent systematic security problems
- Identify and resolve threats as they emerge
- Implement security scans of organization data and information systems
In light of the growing prevalence of online platforms as hosts for organizational data, the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics reports an explosive job growth rate in cyber security fields of 28% through 2026, with a median annual salary of $98,350. Alongside of technical expertise, employers seek candidates in cyber security fields who are analytical, capable of working in autonomously and in teams, devoted to learning about new innovations in cyber security, and detail and results-oriented.
Professional Associations and Communities in Cybersecurity:
- National Cybersecurity Student Organization
- Future of Automotive Security Technology Research (FASTR)
- Cloud Security Alliance
Cybersecurity Job Boards: