Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increase.

Information Security Analyst

Average Hourly Earnings



Bachelor's Degree


  • Monitor organizations' networks for security breaches and investigate a violation when one occurs
  • Install and use software, such as firewalls and data encryption programs, to protect sensitive information
  • Prepare reports that document security breaches and the extent of the damage caused by the breaches
  • Conduct penetration testing, which is when analysts simulate attacks to look for vulnerabilities in their systems before they can be exploited
  • Research the latest information technology (IT) security trends
  • Help plan and carry out an organization's way of handling security
  • Develop security standards and best practices for their organization
  • Recommend security enhancements to management or senior IT staff

Work Environment

Many information security analysts work with other members of an information technology department, such as network administrators or computer systems analysts. Very few information security analysts are self-employed. Most work full time and sometimes have to be on call outside of normal business hours in case of an emergency at their work place.

Key Traits

Investigative. Frequently requires working with ideas and involves an extensive amount of thinking. May involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Valuable Certifications

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • GIAC Certifications
  • Certified Ethical Hacker
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Certified Information System Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Information Security Manager
  • GIAC Certified Incident Handler
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional