What does a cybersecurity analyst do?

Introduction: Taking on a role as a cybersecurity analyst

As cyberattacks continue to grow in frequency and malicious hackers apply increasingly sophisticated techniques, the demand for cybersecurity analysts remains high. And with a well-documented workforce shortage, this is a good time to enter the profession — especially when considering that  information security analyst jobs are projected to increase by 28% between 2016 and 2026. So if you are looking for a future-proof career, then this might be the one for you!

Do you have what it takes to become a cybersecurity analyst and take part in a challenging and rewarding career path? These positions are often considered entry-level, but they do require strong skills and knowledge as well as drive for continuous learning.

Cybersecurity analyst responsibilities

Cybersecurity analysts are primarily responsible for the digital security of a company, organization or government agency. Typically, they evaluate, plan and implement the security systems that protect an organization’s IT infrastructure and data; this includes the safeguarding of digital assets by responding to incidents like viruses and breaches, reviewing suspicious activity and concentrating on the discovery of vulnerabilities. They also investigate alerts and implement threat protection measures and security controls. 

Of course, these duties require knowledge in networks operations as well as hands-on abilities with applying exploitation and reverse-engineering techniques. However, the technical know-how is not enough. Sound customer service and communication skills are also necessary to develop and implement policies and communicate them to management and users. Let’s take a closer look at what a CSA might be tasked to do.

As a security analyst, a professional will determine if any weaknesses exist in the establishment’s security system and, if so, determine proper corrective measures. This position is also expected to investigate security alerts and provide incident response. To do so, cybersecurity (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Infosec Resources authored by Daniel Brecht. Read the original post at: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/infosecResources/~3/dIeCFXzUxVk/