Information Security Analysts

What do they do?

Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. 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.

Also known as:

Computer Security Specialist, Cyber Security Specialist, Data Security Administrator, Information Security Analyst, Information Security Engineer, Information Security Manager, Information Security Officer, Information Security Specialist, Information Systems Security Analyst, Information Systems Security Officer, Information Technology Security Analyst (IT Security Analyst), Information Technology Specialist, Network Security Analyst, Network Security Engineer, Security Analyst, Security Engineer, Security Specialist, Systems Analyst

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Information Security Analysts in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Information Security Analysts is projected to grow 41 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 41.4%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #6 in job growth rate
  • 1,430

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #1 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Information Security Analysts:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (2.7%)
  • Master's degree (23.6%)
  • Bachelor's degree (41.2%)
  • Associate's degree (11.4%)
  • Some college, no degree (16.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (3.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.6%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Develop computer or information security policies or procedures.
  • Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends.
  • Implement security measures for computer or information systems.
  • Test computer system operations to ensure proper functioning.
  • Troubleshoot issues with computer applications or systems.
  • Document operational procedures.

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