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What is a Cybersecurity Analyst?

Security Analyst is often considered an entry-level position in the cybersecurity realm. However, it is a challenging and multifaceted role. Security Analysts are often assigned a variety of tasks, including monitoring, incident response, performing audits and documenting. To fulfill their duties effectively, they must possess a wide range of skills and knowledge.

Are you considering a career as a Security Analyst? Or are you an employer who wants to know if this is the cyber pro you need to hire? Read more to find out.

The profile

Every organization needs one or more security analysts. These are the people who will be at the frontline of your cyber-trenches, analyzing systems, networks and applications to assure that everything is operating smoothly. Preventing unauthorized access to a company’s assets is a big part of their job – but there’s so much more to it!

Analysts can work both on-premise and as freelancers or independent workers. The latter is more common with more experienced professionals who act as consultants and might even have their own consulting business. Office jobs are a great place to start – here analysts can develop their skills and gain more experience while also working with a team.

Their other responsibilities include vulnerability testing, implementing measures and security controls, documenting findings, investigating alerts and being ready to respond to incidents, evaluating compliance practices, assessing vendors and other third-parties, training staff in cybersecurity best practices and correct cyber-hygiene.

Problem-solving, programming, good communication and sound analysis are essential skills in this career. Good knowledge of networks and operating systems, pentesting, reverse engineering and security tools is also important.

As with most infosec positions, a degree is not necessary – in theory. The fact is that most companies require at least a bachelor’s in an IT-related field, cybersecurity, engineering or maths. ‘Many roads lead to Rome’, people say. That’s one of the reasons why an alternative path is definitely not an obstacle, especially since certifications and experience tend to have more weight.

In cybersecurity, certs are a must – more than a plus. For Security Analysts, these are some of the most recommended: SSCPCISSPCEHCompTIA Network+.

The salary depends on location, industry they’re working in and the size of the company. In Germany, the average salary for a Cybersecurity Analyst can be more than €50,000/year.

Do you need a Security Analyst?

This is one of the core positions in any security team.

Analysts are essential in establishing contact with multiple points vital to the well-being and security posture of your organization. They promote awareness of cybersecurity as a priority in everyone’s mind, actively protect your valuable data and assure best practices are implemented and complied with.

As always, consider your budget and needs. And make sure you choose experienced and qualified professionals.

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This is a straightforward guide made to help employers and cybersecurity professionals to find each other, providing them with current standard terminology and descriptions. It is by no means exhaustive.

While there is some discussion in cybersecurity about job titles and functions, we use the terms in their broadest sense, focusing on what can be put in a job description to make it more accurate and easy to understand.

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Anton Schühle

Anton Schühle

Consultant – Information Security & Data Protection

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