Employment of information security analysts should grow 28 percent between 2016 and 2026, much faster than average for all occupations. Most security analysts work for computer companies, consulting firms and business and financial companies. To become an information security analyst, you will need at minimum a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field, though some organizations require a master's degree, and previous experience in an information technology field, such as computer systems analysis or network, systems or database administration.
Many organizations also require you to have an information security certification, such as CompTIA Security+, EC-Council Certified Security Analyst or CISSP, Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
Some of the duties you may be responsible for as an information security analyst include the following:
- Monitoring networks for security breaches and investigating any violations that occur
- Using firewalls and data encryption programs to protect sensitive information
- Documenting security breaches and the damage caused by breaches
- Simulation testing to look for system vulnerabilities before attacks
- Researching latest information technology security trends
- Developing security plans, security standards and best practices
- Recommending security enhancements to management
The median wage for information security analysts in 2017 was $95,510. As you increase your experience and knowledge, you may advance to chief security officer or computer and information systems management with a median wage of $139,220.
If you are considering a career as an information security analyst, review the Research Occupations tool on MySECO. Take self-assessments to make sure your skills and interests align with this career path.
If time to earn a degree and money to pay for your education are concerns, think about completing a two-year associate degree in technology that will transfer toward your bachelor’s degree. With your associate degree, you should be able to find employment, earn income and start gaining technology experience until you’re ready to complete your bachelor’s degree. Look for additional funding assistance on the Scholarship Finder or check to see if you are eligible for My Career Advancement Account Scholarship assistance.
The demand for information security analysts is very high and is expected to grow in the coming years, making this a very portable career path. Start your job search by checking for federal job opportunities for computer system analysts on USAJOBS. Then, visit the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Job Search to view the wide range of positions available with companies and organizations that may include the following:
- General Dynamics
- U.S. Bank
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- ManTech International Corporation
Professional organizations and networking
Consider joining a professional organization in your chosen field to gain a better understanding of current industry practices and policies, and possibly continue your education through workshops and conferences. Networking with other professionals in your industry may help you find the connections you need to obtain an interview at your new location.
Read The Value of Professional Associations for more information on how becoming a member can help enhance your career. Joining an association can assist you in forming the network connections you may need to find employment.
Other ideas for building your network include the following:
- Volunteer, intern and proactively network to increase contacts and experience in the field.
- Ask family, friends, coworkers and others for contacts or introductions in your targeted career field.
- Find a mentor through Military Spouse Mentoring Programs.
- Build your network and search for jobs using social media.
Contact a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website for assistance with choosing a school, finding scholarship funding, searching for a job or overcoming challenges. Coaches are available to review your resume, practice interviewing, discuss networking or assist you in understanding employer requirements for this field. Be sure to take advantage of the SECO Intelligence and Cybersecurity Coaching Package for specialized guidance from a SECO career coach that will help prepare you for your career in the intelligence and cybersecurity field.