Network Security Analyst

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A Network Security Analyst detects and prevents cyber threats to an organization’s computer networks. On a daily basis the Analyst works to discover the weaknesses of software, hardware and networks and finds creative ways to protect them.

Considerable technical experience in areas such as penetration and vulnerability testing; anti-virus and anti-malware software; networking, routing, and switching; and various operating systems and programs is required for Network Security Analysts. With this experience, the Analyst will have the tools and resources to perform the following tasks that are necessary to ensure the safety of a network:

  • Planning, implementing, and upgrading security measures and controls
  • Establishing plans and protocols that will protect digital files and information systems against unauthorized access, modification, and/or destruction
  • Maintaining data and monitor security access
  • Performing vulnerability testing, risk analyses, and security assessments
  • Conducting internal and external security audits
  • Dealing with and reducing the likelihood of security alerts, incidents, and disasters
  • Managing network intrusion, detection, and prevention systems
  • Analyzing security breaches to determine their root cause
  • Recommending and installing tools and countermeasures to secure the network
  • Defining, implementing, and maintaining corporate security policies
  • Training an organization’s staff members in security awareness and procedures

 


General Educational Requirements

In addition to prior experience, most employers require a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Cyber Security, or a related technical field. Experience and training in lieu of a degree may be accepted by some employers. Certification generally is essential to be hired as a Network Security Analyst, and many positions require a government clearance.

 

Additional Qualifications

In addition to a technical background, the Network Security Analyst must have strong customer service skills; significant organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; and strong problem resolution and decision-making skills. The Analyst needs to be able to work independently and in a team environment and must be self motivated and have the ability to handle competing priorities.

An effective Network Security Analyst needs to have writing, teaching and public speaking skills; must exhibit curiosity and creative thinking; and must maintain an interest in the latest security developments and tools.

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