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If you like to scope out vulnerabilities in your network and stop cybercriminals in their tracks, then cybersecurity analyst may be a good next step for you.
What Is a Cybersecurity Analyst?
A cybersecurity analyst detects cyberthreats and then implements changes to protect an organization in the following ways:
- Manages and configures tools to monitor activity on the network
- Analyzes the reports from those tools to identify unusual behavior on the network
- Proactively identifies network vulnerabilities through penetration testing, vulnerability scans and vulnerability assessment reports
- Plans and recommends changes to increase the security of the network
- Applies security patches to protect the network
The role of cybersecurity analyst varies depending on company size. For example, at a small company, information security analysis and intrusion detection may be part of a larger IT role held by one person. A medium-sized company may have one full-time information security analyst who handles intrusion detection, firewalls and antivirus software. An enterprise-level cybersecurity analyst may work in a security operations center (SOC) on a team that centralizes cybersecurity efforts. A SOC team likely has several tiers of SOC analysts that monitor, detect, contain and remediate IT threats and report to a SOC manager.
How to Become a Cybersecurity Analyst
Most companies hiring a cybersecurity analyst are looking for someone with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, cybersecurity, programming or a related field. Many cybersecurity analysts previously worked as network or systems administrators. Certifications like CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) can prove that you have the skills to be a cybersecurity analyst. Check out the CompTIA Career Roadmap to see what other certifications can help you become an information security analyst.
Cybersecurity Analyst Salary Range
$55,560 to $153,090 with a median annual wage of $95,510 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Cybersecurity Analyst Job Outlook
From 2016 to 2026, CompTIA projects an increase of 28 percent for information security analysts, with 28,500 net new jobs expected during that 10-year period.
Job Titles Related to Cybersecurity Analyst
- Threat intelligence analyst
- Vulnerability analyst
- Cybersecurity specialist
- Information security analyst or administrator
- Security administrator
Will your next move be cybersecurity analyst? If so, check out CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) to get the skills to get you there.