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Information Security Analyst

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Bachelor's degree

What They Do

Information Security Analysts Career Video

About This Career

Plans, implements, upgrades, or monitors security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. Assesses system vulnerabilities for security risks and proposes and implements risk mitigation strategies. 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.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Network Systems pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Develops plans to safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure and to meet emergency data processing needs.
  • Monitors current reports of computer viruses to determine when to update virus protection systems.
  • Encrypts data transmissions and erects firewalls to conceal confidential information as it is being transmitted and to keep out tainted digital transfers.
  • Performs risk assessments and executes tests of data processing system to ensure functioning of data processing activities and security measures.
  • Modifies computer security files to incorporate new software, correct errors, or change individual access status.
  • Reviews violations of computer security procedures and discusses procedures with violators to ensure violations are not repeated.
  • Confers with users to discuss issues such as computer data access needs, security violations, and programming changes.
  • Documents computer security and emergency measures policies, procedures, and tests.
  • Monitors use of data files and regulates access to safeguard information in computer files.
  • Coordinates implementation of computer system plan with establishment personnel and outside vendors.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Information Security Officer
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Information Systems Security Analyst
  • Security Analyst — Identifies weaknesses and recommends improvements to a security policy from very specific policies such as checking IDs at facility entrances, or a grand strategy and the overall security policy of a nation.
  • Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO)
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Information Technology Security Analyst (IT Security Analyst)


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