Malicious actors continue to find new ways of breaching organizations’ defences to gain access to sensitive data. As these attacks become more frequent and potentially destructive, there is a corresponding need for more cyber security analysts.
A cyber security analyst is responsible for protecting an organization’s network and systems from security breaches. They research the latest techniques and attack vectors that hackers are using, monitor and review any suspicious IT system activities, prepare contingency plans should a brief occur and help formulate overall IT security policies and educate employees about them. They are responsible for implementing and maintaining threat protection methods and security controls such as software-based security breach detection systems.
Typically these analysts must have completed a degree in a computing related discipline and have considerable experience working in a system administrator role before undertaking the cyber security role.