Information Security Analysts

General Information

Description

Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. Assess system vulnerabilities for security risks and propose and implement risk mitigation strategies. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

Job Outlook

Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 31 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high. Cyberattacks 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. Banks and financial institutions, as well as other types of corporations, will need to increase their information security capabilities in the face of growing cybersecurity threats. 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. Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 56 percent in computer systems design and related services from 2019 to 2029. The increasing adoption of cloud services by small and medium-sized businesses and a rise in cybersecurity threats will create demand for managed security services providers in this industry.

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Salary

Average Salary

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$99,730

State-by-state Salary

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$118,740
$42,450
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 52%
  • Post baccalaureate 22%
  • Associate's degree 12%
  • Post-secondary certificate 7%
  • Some college 2%
  • Master's degree 2%
  • High school 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Computers and Electronics
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Telecommunications
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