How to become an Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts plan, upgrade and monitor security measures to protect computer networks, safeguard digital infrastructure and respond to viruses.

Personal requirements for an Information Security Analyst

  • Interest in coding
  • Passion for computers
  • Ability to concentrate for extended periods of time
  • Analytical and methodical
  • Able to work independently
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Good customer service skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Ability to solve problems and make informed decisions

Education & Training for an Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts usually have to obtain a degree in computer systems or software engineering. To get into these courses, you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.


Duties & Tasks of an Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts:

  • Encrypt data transmissions and implement firewalls to shield confidential information
  • Develop methods to protect files from unauthorised access
  • Monitor use of data and regulate access to information
  • Review computer security violation procedures

Working conditions for an Information Security Analyst

Requires spending many hours sitting while using a computer, either in a commercial office or a home office. Makes extensive use of email and other forms of electronic communication.


Employment Opportunities for an Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts are usually employed by IT-specific organisations or as part of the IT department within a company. With suitable experience, freelancing is also an option.


Specializations

Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts plan, upgrade and monitor security measures to protect computer networks, safeguard digital infrastructure and respond to viruses.

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