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If you like to scope out vulnerabilities in your network and stop cybercriminals in their tracks, then security analyst may be a good next step for you.
What Is a Security Analyst?
A security 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 security analyst varies depending on company size. For example, at a small company, 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 security analyst who handles intrusion detection, firewalls and antivirus software. An enterprise-level security 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 Security Analyst
Most companies hiring a security analyst are looking for someone with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, cybersecurity, programming or a related field. Many security analysts previously worked as network or systems administrators. Certifications like CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) can prove that you have the skills to be a security analyst. Check out the CompTIA Career Roadmap to see what other certifications can help you become a security analyst.
Security Analyst Salary Range
$53,760 to $147,290 with a median annual wage of $92,600 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Security Analyst Job Outlook
From 2016 to 2026, CompTIA projects an increase of 19 percent for information security analysts, with 17,917 net new jobs expected during that 10-year period.
Job Titles Related to Security Analyst
- Threat intelligence analyst
- Vulnerability analyst
- Cybersecurity specialist
- Information security analyst or administrator
- Security administrator
Will your next move be security analyst? If so, check out CompTIA Security+ or CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) to get the skills to get you there.