Information Security Analyst
One of the top career paths for IT (information technology) professionals is that of an information security analyst. As the name suggests, these professionals ensure that an organization's computer network and systems stay safe from cyber attacks and other breaches. They develop security measures by designing, installing, implementing multiple security plans and systems such as firewalls and data encryption programs. In addition to implementing security measures, they also focus on risk and vulnerability assessment with the aim to identify and determine an organization's existing network security and thereby plan a defense mechanism. Information security analysts play a vital role in safeguarding all networks, digital files, user accounts or other sensitive information.A career as an information security analyst is dynamic and one of the fastest growing in the IT industry. With the escalating cyber security attacks and threats, almost every business and government agencies are hiring these specialists on a priority basis. People who aspire to be in this career must have strong analytical & problem-solving skills and a passion for working with computers. Hence, a well rounded computer education and understanding of IT security management concepts is essential for this work environment.Some of the broad work responsibilities of an information security analyst are:
- Monitor ,investigate, upgrade and implement security measures for protection of computer systems
- Review , evaluate and test vulnerabilities related to firewalls and other security systems
- Maintain IT security policies and procedures
- Resolve customer issues on spam complaints, etc.
- Aggregate reports for audits to demonstrate what procedures or efforts are to be implemented in case of security breaches
- Collaborate with users, vendors and management to develop IT security systems
- Risk management, analysis and mitigation of IT software systems
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Business information needs to be protected from cyber attacks and threats. Hence the demand for trained and qualified information security analysts continues to grow. They are hired in organizations both large and small, government agencies, educational institutions or non-profit organizations. These specialists enjoy a high level of job satisfaction as well as monetary benefits. The compensation for information security analysts vary with the skills, experience, size of company and work location. On an average, information security analysts earn an approximate salary of INR 4.2lacs p.a to 4.5 lacs p.a.
Education and Training
A career as an information security analyst usually needs a bachelor's degree in computer science, programming or related field. Some industries prefer knowledge of multiple programming languages, codes, operating system theories and design structures. Earning an MBA in information systems may be preferable among some employers.There are a range of certifications one can earn depending upon the position one is working for. For example, if working for government agencies or military, certification and training in network security, threats, vulnerabilities & cryptography may be essential.
Valued Traits & Abilities
Information security analysts keep businesses running smoothly with their expertise in ensuring protection from all possible security threats. They may work for consulting firms, financial & business companies or computer companies and develop plans to protect computer files against unauthorized people trying to access sensitive information. Financial services, healthcare, educational institutions, government agencies and the military seek their help in analyzing & detecting threats and create innovative solutions. Information security analysts may work full time as employees in these organizations or as consultants. Other work opportunity areas for these professionals are in computer system design services, management & technical consulting firms and credit intermediation companies.
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