Information Security Analysts


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+31.2% (much faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Information Security Analysts 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.

Other Job Titles Information Security Analysts May Have

Information Security Officer, Information Security Specialist, Information Systems Security Analyst, Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO), Information Technology Security Analyst (IT Security Analyst), Network Security Analyst, Security Analyst, Systems Analyst

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Information Security Analyst ,


I start my day around 8 a.m. by going through around 15 or so different security alerts—these can be users doing things or malicious threats trying to get in. After that, my day consists of getting pinged by employees asking security questions or asking for help in general.

Senior cyber security analyst ,

United States Marine Corps

Compiling metrics and responding to events as they come into the SIEM.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Develop plans to safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure and to meet emergency data processing needs.
  • Monitor current reports of computer viruses to determine when to update virus protection systems.
  • Encrypt data transmissions and erect firewalls to conceal confidential information as it is being transmitted and to keep out tainted digital transfers.
  • Perform risk assessments and execute tests of data processing system to ensure functioning of data processing activities and security measures.
  • Modify computer security files to incorporate new software, correct errors, or change individual access status.

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