Information Security Analysts

Information Security Analyst Monitors Control Center

Information security analysts protect an organization’s computer systems and networks from unauthorized intrusion by cyber attacks. These intruders are known as hackers, and the action of breaking into a computer system or network is called hacking. Approximately 88,880 information security analysts are employed in the United States. They are also known as computer security specialists, database security specialists, and network security analysts.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Computer Security Analysts, Database Security Analysts, Network Security Analysts
Duties Protect an organization’s computer systems and networks from unauthorized intrusion by cyberattacks
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship, or volunteer or part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Computer
  • Information Management
  • Math
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Background checks required by some employers
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Information Security Manager
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Computer Engineer or Systems or Database Administrator
  • Technical Support Specialist