How to become a Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts plan, upgrade and monitor security measures to protect computer networks, safeguard digital infrastructure and respond to viruses.

Personal requirements of a Information Security Analyst

  • Interest in coding
  • Passion for computers
  • Ability to concentrate for extended periods of time
  • Analytical and methodical
  • Able to work independently
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Good customer service skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Ability to solve problems and make informed decisions

Education & Training for a Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts usually have to obtain a degree in computer systems or software engineering. To get into these courses, you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts:

  • encrypt data transmissions and implement firewalls to shield confidential information
  • develop methods to protect files from unauthorised access
  • monitor use of data and regulate access to information
  • review computer security violation procedures

Working conditions for a Information Security Analyst

Requires spending many hours sitting while using a computer, either in a commercial office or a home office. Makes extensive use of email and other forms of electronic communication.

Employment Opportunities for a Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts are usually employed by IT-specific organisations or as part of the IT department within a company. With suitable experience, freelancing is also an option.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,693

Future growth:

Moderate

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 8.8%

NSW NSW 34%

NT NT 0.6%

QLD QLD 12.8%

SA SA 4.4%

TAS TAS 2.1%

VIC VIC 28.4%

WA WA 8.8%

Hours worked:

38.9

Unemployment:

Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 79.6%

Female 20.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 3.2%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 20.1%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 9.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 16.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 32.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 18%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 4.5%

25-34 - 25%

35-44 - 33.6%

45-54 - 23.6%

55-59 - 6.7%

60-64 - 4.3%

65 and Over - 2.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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