Day in the Life of a Cyber Security Analyst
Cyber security analysts help to protect an organisation by employing a range of technologies and processes to prevent, detect and manage cyber threats.
You may also monitor networks and systems, detect security threats, analyse and assess alarms, and report on threats, intrusion attempts and false alarms, either resolving them or escalating them, depending on the severity.
As a cyber security analyst, you'll need to keep up to date with the latest security and technology developments or research/evaluate emerging cyber security threats and ways to manage them. Day-to-day tasks may include planning for disaster recovery and creating contingency plans in the event of any security breaches as well as monitoring for attacks, intrusions and unusual, unauthorised or illegal activity.
Other duties could consist of:
testing and evaluating security products
designing new security systems or upgrading existing ones
using advanced analytic tools to determine emerging threat patterns and vulnerabilities
identifying potential weaknesses and implementing measures, such as firewalls and encryption
investigate security alerts and provide incident response
monitoring identity and access management, including monitoring for abuse of permissions by authorised system users
You'll need to have a passion for cyber security and a keen interest in IT alongside excellent IT skills, including knowledge of computer networks, operating systems, software, hardware and security.
A firm understanding of the cyber security risks associated with various technologies and ways to manage them will also come in useful when seeking out a cyber security job role. What’s more, a good working knowledge of various security technologies such as network and application firewalls, host intrusion prevention and anti-virus can be helpful.
analytical and problem-solving skills to identify and assess risks, threats, patterns and trends
time-management and organisational skills to manage a variety of tasks and meet deadlines
the ability to multitask and prioritise your workload
excellent attention to detail
an ability to work under pressure, particularly when dealing with threats and at times of high demand
Cybersecurity is a fast-growing field and cybersecurity skills are in demand, especially within large organisations. You'll typically start in an entry-level or junior cyber security role and then after building up several years of experience you could progress into roles such as senior cyber security analyst or consultant.
With the right combination of skills, knowledge and relevant certifications you can increase your development and progression as many employers specify these as role requirements.
Why Veterans Make Great Cyber Security Analysts
Cybersecurity is a high-stakes field with a critical mission - protecting civilians and businesses from cyber-attacks. Whether it’s a data breach, ransomware, or another form of systems attack, cybersecurity professionals are on the front lines to protect and minimise threats.
Though it may not always be easy to work on a team in the cybersecurity industry, it’s essential. This even applies to the prevention of cybercrime and the need for ethical hackers. Your military mindset, mentorship, and focus on outcomes, not excuses, will help other civilian employees do better as you lead by example.
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