Cybersecurity AnalystJob Description:
A Cybersecurity Analyst safeguards computer systems, networks, and data from security breaches by monitoring, detecting, and mitigating potential threats and vulnerabilities.Job Category:
What you will do:
As a cybersecurity analyst, you will be:
- Monitoring networks and systems to identify potential security breaches and anomalies
- Identifying weaknesses in systems and recommending measures to address them
- Responding swiftly and effectively to security incidents, containing and mitigating damage
- Conducting regular audits to assess compliance with security policies and standards
- Evaluating security risks and proposing strategies to minimize them
- Installing and configuring security measures such as firewalls, antivirus, and encryption tools
- Maintaining records of security incidents, procedures, and guidelines
- Educating employees about security best practices and potential threats
- Assisting in the creation and enforcement of security policies and protocols
- Continuously observing network traffic and system logs for unusual activities
- Investigating and analysing malicious software to understand its behavior and countermeasures
- Simulating cyber attacks to identify vulnerabilities and improve security defences
- Working with IT teams, management, and stakeholders to ensure comprehensive security
- Keeping up-to-date with emerging cybersecurity threats and technologies
You will need:
- knowledge of network security, security tools, cyber threats, security standards, security architecture and cloud security
- knowledge of operating systems, encryption
- knowledge of vulnerability management, incident response and risk assessment
- knowledge of ethical hacking, compliance, authentication, forensics and scripting
As well as:
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
- adaptability skills
- the ability to work well under pressure
- effective communication skills
- analytical thinking skills
- the ability to pay attention to detail
- good ethical judgement
- critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- time management (organisational skills)
To become a cybersecurity analyst, focusing on these GCSE subjects can be beneficial:
- Mathematics: Develops analytical skills needed for understanding security concepts and encryption.
- Computer Science: Provides a foundation in programming and IT fundamentals.
- Information Technology: Familiarises you with computer systems, networks, and cybersecurity basics.
- Science: Enhances problem-solving skills, important in identifying and addressing security threats.
- English: Strengthens communication skills for effectively conveying technical information.
These subjects offer a solid basis for pursuing further education and a career in cybersecurity.
To become a cybersecurity analyst, you typically need to meet these qualifications and requirements:
A bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, information technology, computer science, or a related field is commonly preferred.
Industry-recognised certifications like CompTIA Security+, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), or Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) can be advantageous.
Entry-level roles may require internships, co-op programs, or prior experience in IT or security.
Working Hours and Environment:
Cybersecurity analysts typically work standard office hours, with potential for shifts and on-call availability, often in an office or remote setting, collaborating with IT teams, from a security operations center (SOC), and occasionally traveling for assessments or meetings.
Career Path & Progression:
A typical cybersecurity analyst career path progresses from entry-level roles to security specialist, senior analyst, security consultant, incident responder, security architect, security manager, penetration tester (otherwise known as an ethical hacker), security engineer, security director, specialization, educator/author, or researcher, with continuous learning and certifications playing a crucial role in advancement.