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Job Title – Information Security Analyst


An Information Security Analyst plans and carries out security measures to protect an organization's computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyber attacks increase. 

Typical Job Activities

Monitors their organization’s networks for security breaches and investigate a violation when one occurs
Installs and uses software, such as firewalls and data encryption programs, to protect sensitive information
Prepares reports that document security breaches and the extent of the damage caused by the breaches
Conducts penetration testing, which is when analysts simulate attacks to look for vulnerabilities in their systems before they can be exploited
Researches the latest information technology (IT) security trends
Help plans and carries out an organization’s way of handling security
Develops security standards and best practices for their organization
Recommends security enhancements to management or senior IT staff
Helps computer users when they need to install or learn about new security products and procedures

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Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with matric exemption
For a Degree course in Computer Sciences or programming or related fields at a University

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics
Recommended subjects: Computer Science

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Be able to enjoy mathematics and solving problems
Be able to concentrate for long periods
Be imaginative
Be patient and accurate
Be able to think logically
Be able to make his own decisions
Be able to divide tasks into steps of logical sequence
Be able to persevere with a task until all the problems are solved

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Possible Employers

Government departments
Computer manufacturers
Research organisations
Commerce and industry
Insurance companies

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Relevant Contact Details

Information Technology Industry Training Board
Tell: 011 7893805

Computer Users Council of South Africa

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I can apply my special skills
I can design things
I can work with technology