A network security analyst ensures their company’s information systems and computer networks are secure. This includes protecting the company against hackers and cyber attacks, as well as monitoring network traffic and server logs for activity that seems unusual. Additionally, these analysts are responsible for finding vulnerabilities in the computer networks and creating recommendations for how to minimize these vulnerabilities. The network security analyst investigates security breaches, develops strategies for any security issues that arise, and utilizes the help of firewalls and antivirus software to maintain security.
Additionally, it is commonly the responsibility of the network security analyst to educate the company’s employees about security issues; for example, they instruct employees on ways they can help keep their computer information secure and best practices for choosing and storing passwords. Network security analysts generally work full time during regular business hours, although they might be called in on nights, weekends, and during emergencies.
A bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field is typically required or preferred for this position; relevant technical education - perhaps including certifications - is essential. Strong communication skills and the ability to speak in front of a crowd are vital to this position, and a network security analyst must be flexible and able to adapt to quickly changing technology. The ability to work under pressure and pay close attention to detail are important as well.
Network Security Analyst Tasks
Monitor Intrusion Detection Systems for potential, successful and unsuccessful intrusion attempts.
Communicate intrusions and compromises to agencies
Identify unsuccessful and successful intrusion attempts by reviewing and analyzing security events logs and event summary information.
Ensure the integrity and protection of networks; audit network security system to identify and protect areas of vulnerability.