Information Security Analyst

$89,290/year

What is a Information Security Analyst?

An Information Security Analyst (ISA) does this:




  • Encrypt data transmissions and erect firewalls to conceal confidential information as it is being transmitted and to keep out tainted digital transfers.




  • Develop plans to safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure and to meet emergency data processing needs.




  • Review violations of computer security procedures and discuss procedures with violators to ensure violations are not repeated.




  • Monitor use of data files and regulate access to safeguard information in computer files.




  • Monitor current reports of computer viruses to determine when to update virus protection systems.




  • Modify computer security files to incorporate new software, correct errors, or change individual access status.




  • Perform risk assessments and execute tests of data processing system to ensure functioning of data processing activities and security measures.




  • Confer with users to discuss issues such as computer data access needs, security violations, and programming changes.




  • Train users and promote security awareness to ensure system security and to improve server and network efficiency.




  • Coordinate implementation of computer system plan with establishment personnel and outside vendors.

More information about Information Security Analyst

Currently 72,670 people are employed as ISA's.


People who do well in this job like technology, are good at working with others and solving problems.

People learn to do this job by entering in state and national technology competitions, and volunteering and working in community groups.


Some advice given to someone going into this job would be to have a well rounded computer education, and be able to solve problems.


A person that is very good with technology and likes to be with, and work with others would love this job.

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Works cited

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