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Information Security Analyst Skills

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Jun 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, Job Trends

When a person becomes an information security analyst, they will take on a variety of roles within a company. The most important role this person will fill is to protect the primary computer network that the employer uses from cyber threats. 

Many information security analysts will create and maintain their very own security measures. In doing this, they can customize the measures to the exact needs of their employers' computer networks. Let's take a closer look at what an information security analyst does as well as the necessary skills it takes to excel in this line of work. 

What Does an Information Security Analyst Do?

Because security threats are becoming more prevalent among businesses and organizations, including government agencies, the role of an information security analyst has become more important than ever. Generally speaking, a person will need a minimum of a bachelor's degree to fill this type of position; however, this is not always the case. A special set of skills are needed to excel in this line of work, and many employers prefer skills and experience over a formal degree. Some employees, though, will mandate that a person possesses a master's degree or higher to fill the position of an information security analyst. 

As part of this role, a person must come into contact with various members throughout an organization. More so, this person must be able to communicate effectively, especially in regard to specific security measures that need to be implemented. If certain organizational members do not fully understand how to put into place specific security measures, it is the job of an information security analyst to ensure these members are taught how to deploy them. The analyst must also teach workers how to identify security threats, as well as how to report them. 

There are many members of an organization that will likely have very little knowledge of security measures and protocols. The information security analyst must simplify these elements so that the entire computer network stays safe and secure from threats. This means the analyst will host meetings that outline in simple terms how security measures can be put into place. These meetings will also be a period of time in which employees can ask questions or provide feedback. 

Skills Needed to Be a Successful Information Security Analyst

When a person goes to secure a job as an information security analyst, there are several skills that should be outlined on a resume. It is also helpful to be aware of these skills when performing job searches. Many employers nowadays look for certain keywords in applicants' resumes, so sprinkling these skills as keywords throughout the resume can be very significant in getting recognized by employers. 

During the process of an interview, using certain phrases that outline these skills will also be beneficial. If the person conducting the interview can determine that the interviewee has a good understanding of the skills needed to fill the position, this can help push the interviewee further through the application and interview process. 

Analytical

First and foremost, an information security analyst will need to master analytical thinking and problem-solving. Having strong analytical skills is vital to being able to study computer networks. They are also pertinent to being able to assess potential risks and developing possible solutions. 

Communication and Collaboration

As mentioned before, information security analysts must be proficient in being able to explain complex policies and protocols in simple terms. The goal is to make sure employees within the organization understand how to put in place certain security measures to ensure data is protected. To effectively communicate the steps that must be followed to protect the data, enhanced communication and collaboration skills are a must. 

Creativity

An information security analyst needs to be creative because he or she must be able to anticipate cyber threats and attacks. This means the analyst must have a way of creative thinking that keeps them one step ahead of hackers. 

Detail Oriented

Because the job of an information security analyst is so complex and intense, a person will need to be extremely detail oriented. By focusing on even the smallest of details found in security systems, this helps the analyst to pinpoint gaps in security measures. 

Information Technology Knowledge

Lastly, a successful information security analyst will have a vast knowledge of information technology. Moreover, because information technology (IT) is constantly evolving, this means the analyst will continually update him or herself on the latest IT trends and cybersecurity methods. The role of an information security analyst requires ongoing research and education. 

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