||Data Security Analyst
As a data security analyst, you will be responsible for managing information security for your employer, ensuring the internal infrastructure and network is secure and complies with regulations. The role of a data security analyst involves protecting information on computers and data networks by installing and maintaining security software, implementing strategies to ensure networks are free of breaches and imparting information to computer users around security. Organizations may refer to this role as computer security specialist.
- Planning security measures and controls
- Installing and managing security software, intrusion detection and prevention systems
- Maintaining and monitoring security software and detection systems and updating software and systems where required
- Conducting security audits across IT platforms and networks
- Investigating incidents using security information and event management (SIEM) software products and services, data visualization and pattern analysis
- Analyzing and reporting on anomalous behavior
- Recording and investigating potential security threats and escalating those findings to relevant parties
- Supporting information assurance processes and making recommendations for improvements
- Developing security policies and strategy
- Keeping abreast of latest IT security measures and controls
- Following and developing data security procedures
- Conducting data security assessments and reporting on security threats
- Implementing end user controls across employee IT devices
- Maximizing network performance by monitoring performance; troubleshooting network problems and outages; and scheduling upgrades
- Communicating security threats, results of security audits and current practices to key stakeholders
- Maintaining, verifying and validating inventories of computer systems and networks
- Directing training for all employees, or other third parties with information security clearance on the company’s information security policies and procedures
- Troubleshooting office hardware including servers, desktops, laptops and routers
- Solid data IT security skills including SIEM
- Expertise in data protection regulations and good knowledge of ISO 27001, the specification for an information security management system (ISMS)
- Experienced in firewall and intrusion detection/prevention protocols
- Hard skills in DLP, anti-virus and anti-malware is expected
- Windows, UNIX and Linux operating systems know-how is advantageous together with some C, C++, C#, Java or PHP programming languages
- Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol, computer networking, routing and switching skills
- Proven skills in information assurance
- Good aptitude for data analytics and data administration
- Ability to identify security threats, trends and anomalies
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to write concise reports
- Skilled at dealing with a range of technical and non-technical stakeholders
- Logical thinker and creative problem solver
- Flexible attitude and willingness to work to tight deadlines and change course where necessary
A Bachelor’s degree in computer science, cyber-security or a related field is desirable but it is possible to be offered a job as a data security analyst if you can show you have experience in the relevant field and/or hold some related qualifications such as relevant Certified Intrusion Analysts (GIAC) or CREST qualifications.
- At least 2+ years experience in a data security role is beneficial
- Knowledge and experience of using a corporate security incident system is advantageous
- Proven experience of conducting security audits and raising incidents to relevant parties
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, and talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in inside environmental conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Company policies and procedures as outlined in the employee handbook
Prioritize tasks and handle multiple tasks at one time; Effectively communicate using proper grammar and syntax; Exhibit a professional image and demeanor at all times; Must be capable of problem-solving promptly and independently while under pressure.
This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, performance standards or requirements, efforts, skills or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g. emergencies, rush jobs, change in the workload or technological developments).
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