Business Process and Security Analyst

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Organizations of all types increasingly need ways to protect their confidential data and information. The rise in hackers and data breaches that are compromising companies’ and the government’s data has resulted in a greater need to keep personal and top-secret information safe from cyber attacks. This means there is an increasing demand for Business Process and Security Analysts.

The ideal candidate for this position must be business focused and have a deep interest in security. The candidate must understand business problems in the context of the security risks that the enterprise faces. On the business analysis side, the Business Process and Security Analyst is responsible for analyzing business needs to identify business problems in light of security needs. This individual elicits, analyzes, communicates, and validates requirements for changes to business processes and information systems.

On the security side, the Business Process and Security Analyst focuses on three main areas: risk assessment (identifying problems an organization might face), vulnerability assessment (determining an organization’s weaknesses) and defense planning (installing protections such as firewalls and data encryption programs). This individual is responsible for proposing solutions that encompass security measures and that establish security best practices for the enterprise. The Analyst will support documentation for IT and for the enterprise’s business organizations.

General Educational Requirements

The minimum requirement for this position generally is a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college in business, information technology, or a related field. Many employers prefer a Master’s Degree in a relevant field. Most employers require several years of previous experience as an IT business analyst.

Additional Qualifications

The Business Process and Security Analyst must have strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills and an understanding of security risk management principles. The Analyst must have a proven ability to work in a team environment and to communicate well about technical systems. Good time management skills are a requirement for this position as are excellent writing skills for writing reports and requirements documents. It is important for the Analyst to be familiar with security regulations and standards.

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