Information Security Analyst

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Information Security Analyst

Introduction

Information Security Analyst plans and implements security measures to safeguard the organization’s computer networks and systems. The professionals take care of the organization’s networks for security breaches and examine the violation when one occurs. They are responsible for installing and using software such as firewalls and data encryption programs to secure sensitive information.

The Professional should create reports regarding the document security breaches. They have to evaluate the extent of damage caused by the breaches. The professionals perform penetration testing to simulate attacks to look for vulnerabilities before they are exploited. The Information Security Analyst should conduct research regarding the latest information technology security trends. The professionals must suggest security enhancements to management and senior IT staff.

The Information Security Analyst will assist in the installation. They should teach them about new security products and procedures. The professionals must play an active role in developing the organization’s disaster recovery plan which will help in the continued operation of an organization’s IT department.  They must keep in mind factors such as copying and transferring data to an offsite location.

The freelance professionals should play an active role to restore proper IT functioning after a disaster. They must keep themselves updates on IT security and the latest methods hackers are using. The freelance Information Security Analysts have to conduct research on new security technology to decide what will protect their organization. They will take care of the computer network systems to avoid any potential security breaches.

The freelance Information Security Analyst has to update the software and should suggest security updates to the management. The freelance professionals must work in collaboration with the other employees to help them understand new programs and hardware. They have to conduct risk assessments and examine data processing systems. Freelance professionals must create security standards and best practices for the organization.

Job Description and Responsibilities

The Information Security Analyst job involves maintaining security and secrecy of digital data.  The professional should have good knowledge of information and internet security. They offer training to the staff on proper information management. The professionals will assist in adopting security measures whenever any information is shared online or offline.

The professionals have to evaluate the flaws in the organization’s security system along with the business administrators and IT professionals. The Information Security Analyst must suggest necessary changes and upgrades enhance the company’s IT security systems. The professionals must keep track of the computer networks for security issues.

The Information Security Analyst should investigate security breaches and other cybersecurity incidents. They have to fix the identified vulnerabilities to maintain a high-security standard. The professionals must implement security measures and safeguard systems and information infrastructure. It is the responsibility of the Information Security Analyst to work in collaboration with security teams to uncover network vulnerabilities.

The professionals should run the Vulnerability Management Program. They have to take care of the internal and external networks for security issue. The Information Security Analyst has to come up with solutions to protect files from unauthorized access. They should review computer security violation procedures. The professional should have control over the use of data and must regulate access to information.

The Information Security Analyst should offer high-quality analysis of firewall, operating system, web server, and other logs. The professionals have to work in accordance with the laws, regulations and information security requirements. They have to protect digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. The professionals will evaluate the data exposure risks and ensure that security systems are working properly. They should discuss issues such as computer data access needs, security violations, and programming changes.

Educational Qualifications & Additional Skills

Information Security Analyst should finish higher secondary education. The professional must have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, telecommunications, electronics & electrical or any other related fields. Some employers are in search of professionals with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Information Systems. The professionals who are interested in pursuing an MBA in information systems should require two years of study beyond the undergraduate level and include both business and computer-related courses. Some organizations want to hire professionals who have relevant and prior work experience. Usually, businesses prefer candidates who worked as a network or computer systems administrator. The Additional skills of Information Security Analyst are problem-solving skills, Analytical skills, Ingenuity, and Detail oriented.

Useful Certifications

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)

Useful Certifications

Salary

According to Glassdoor, on average, the Information Security Analyst earns about $80,865 per year in the United States. The Salary.com salary figures show that the average salary is $59,068. Usually, the salary ranges between $53,735 and $65,183. Many important factors are taken into consideration such as education, certifications, additional skills, and the number of years you have spent in your profession.

Job Outlook

As per the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job opportunities for Information Security Analysts are expected to grow by 28 perfect from 2016 to 2026. In the coming years, the demand for Information Security Analysts will be very high. As the number of cyber-attacks is growing, there will be more need for more analysts to protect and secure the computer networks. In sectors such as computer system design related services, there will be an increase of 56 percent in the next ten years. The small and medium-sized businesses the need for more managed security services providers will occur.

Advantages of Freelancing in this Career

Freelance Information Security Analyst will have the flexibility to attend to your query immediately. Freelance professionals will take up projects depending on priority and schedule. They can work only on one project or can go for multiple projects at the same time.

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