Information Security Analyst

Analyzer, Contributor & Innovator

Potential salary $170,000

Information Security Analyst

Often thought of as synonymous with cybersecurity, information security is concerned with making sure data in ANY form (not just digital) is kept secure. Information security analysts are the analyzers, contributors, and innovators who plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s data, both physical and electronic. Their responsibilities are continually evolving as more confidential information migrates online and the number of cyberattacks increase.

Information security analysts need to have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. They need to be focused, work well under pressure, be good at multitasking, and both reactive and proactive in dealing with both real and potential security threats.

They develop security standards and best practices for their organization, monitor networks for security breaches, investigate violations, and configure security tools and software, such as firewalls and data encryption programs. They document and preserve any forensic evidence to be used internally or by law enforcement, and must stay up to date on IT security to decide how to most effectively protect their organization.

Most information security analysts work in IT departments at computer companies, consulting firms, or business and financial companies. A bachelor’s degree in information technology, network security or a computer-related field is usually required. Demand for information security analysts is very high – with a projected 31% growth rate by 2029 – as they will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical data.

Sign up for our waitlist to be the first to access this content.

Related Careers

Are you an educator or a teacher?

Find Your Grind has a variety of educational products in schools across North America.

learn more