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 increases. Monitor their organization’s 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.
Training, Qualifications, and Advancement
This job requires a Bachelor’s degree as well as less than 5 years of experience in a computer-related field. However, no on the job training is needed for this occupation. Information security analysts can advance to become chief security officers or another type Computer and information systems manager.
Many information security analysts work with other members of an information technology department, such as network administrators or computer systems analysts. Most information security analysts work full time. Information security analysts sometimes have to be on call outside of normal business hours in case of an emergency at their organization. About 1 in 4 worked more than 40 hours per week in 2014.
Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high. Cyber attacks have grown in frequency, and analysts will be needed to come up with innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating problems for computer networks. The federal government is expected to greatly increase its use of information security analysts to protect the nation’s critical information technology (IT) systems. In addition, as the healthcare industry expands its use of electronic medical records, ensuring patients’ privacy and protecting personal data are becoming more important. More information security analysts are likely to be needed to create the safeguards that will satisfy patients’ concerns.
In Texas there are 7,710 workers employed in this occupation. The projected amount of workers is 8,150. There will be 440 more workers in this area. The percent change in this area is 5.8%. The average amount of job openings in Information Security is 310.
The median annual wage for information security analysts was $90,120 in May 2015. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $51,280, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $143,770. However, the annual wages depend on the industry chosen.
- Management, Scientific, and technical consulting services: $95,520
- Depository credit information: $93,840
- Information: $93,710
- Computer systems design and related services: $90,280
- Management of companies and enterprises: $85,720
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