Information Security Analyst Overview

Overall Score 8.5 / 10

What is an Information Security Analyst?

Median Salary
$103,590
Unemployment Rate
1.2%
Number of Jobs
47,100

What is an Information Security Analyst?

Median Salary
$103,590
Unemployment Rate
1.2%
Number of Jobs
47,100
Information security analysts are responsible for protecting information in an organization’s computer systems from data breaches and cyberattacks. Since lots of sensitive data is stored electronically these days, including bank account numbers and passwords, these professionals are crucial.

Information security analysts may install and maintain firewalls or data encryption software, develop security standards and best practices to protect sensitive information, identify risks and vulnerabilities in an organization’s network systems, and investigate if a data breach occurs.

“The opportunities are vast right now in the profession,” says Casey Cegielski, a professor at Auburn University who specializes in information security, and a partner at a cybersecurity consulting firm. “Every organization needs security people who have a strong industry understanding and are willing to learn technical skills and continue to grow.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 33.3 percent employment growth for information security analysts between 2020 and 2030. In that period, an estimated 47,100 jobs should open up.
Median Salary
$103,590
Unemployment Rate
1.2%
Number of Jobs
47,100
Information security analysts are responsible for protecting information in an organization’s computer systems from data breaches and cyberattacks. Since lots of sensitive data is stored electronically these days, including bank account numbers and passwords, these professionals are crucial.

Information security analysts may install and maintain firewalls or data encryption software, develop security standards and best practices to protect sensitive information, identify risks and vulnerabilities in an organization’s network systems, and investigate if a data breach occurs.

“The opportunities are vast right now in the profession,” says Casey Cegielski, a professor at Auburn University who specializes in information security, and a partner at a cybersecurity consulting firm. “Every organization needs security people who have a strong industry understanding and are willing to learn technical skills and continue to grow.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 33.3 percent employment growth for information security analysts between 2020 and 2030. In that period, an estimated 47,100 jobs should open up.
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  • 4Stress
  • 4Work Life Balance

How Much Does an Information Security Analyst Make?

Information Security Analysts made a median salary of $103,590 in 2020. The best-paid 25 percent made $132,890 that year, while the lowest-paid 25 percent made $78,440.
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How to Become an Information Security Analyst?

You’ll typically need a bachelor’s degree to work in an information security role. According to the BLS, this could be a degree in computer and information technology, or even engineering or math. But Cegielski says employers may prefer candidates with a degree in information systems.

“That surprises many people because they think this role is heavily focused toward computer science,” he says. “In fact, this is a business role first. You are helping secure the business based on the regulations, compliance requirements and strategy of the organization.”

Various cybersecurity certifications are available, and many companies prefer to hire certified security professionals. In addition, information security analysts must always be learning and growing with the ever-changing technology landscape, staying on top of the latest trends, issues and threats.

“I am a huge advocate of continuous education in this profession,” Cegielski says. “The skills and knowledge required to be successful evolve quickly.” He specifically mentions that the Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Information Security Manager “are all very challenging credentials to earn and valuable indicators of a broader understanding of the profession.”

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Job Satisfaction

Average Americans work well into their 60s, so workers might as well have a job that's enjoyable and a career that's fulfilling. A job with a low stress level, good work-life balance and solid prospects to improve, get promoted and earn a higher salary would make many employees happy. Here's how Information Security Analysts job satisfaction is rated in terms of upward mobility, stress level and flexibility.

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Above Average

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Above Average

Work environment and complexities of the job's responsibilities

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Below Average

Alternative working schedule and work life balance

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