As both the public and private sectors strive to reduce information security risks, professionals who specialize in protecting computer networks and systems are increasingly in demand.
Generally, this is not an entry-level position and most companies will expect candidates to have some IT experience and a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a computer-related field. As the higher education community plays catch-up with the real world need for highly skilled cyber security professionals, there are few college programs that prepare graduates for detecting and handling security incidents. Professionals who seek a certification, such as the CompTIA Security+, will be in the best position to secure employment.
In addition to technical skills, employers are looking for candidates to demonstrate strong problem solving, logic, business savvy, teamwork, and superior communication skills.
Sample of Possible Interview Questions for Information Security Analysts:
How is IoT technology (the Internet of things) changing cyber security?
How do you stay current with the latest news in information security?
What are the first three steps of securing a Windows server?
Discuss your programming skills.
What is the last program you wrote?
How do you determine a company’s vulnerabilities?
What would be your first priority in securing our company’s systems?
Describe what happens after your type an address in a web browser and hit enter.
What is your favorite security information news feed?
Have you ever conducted a forensic investigation?
Have you ever created SIEM content?
Do you have experience configuring OS specific host policies to identify, monitor, and provide an alert of any changes to data, files, and systems?
What has been the largest security incident you have handled?
Describe your ideal SOC team.
Have you used automation to improve operations?
Tell me about your computer setup at home.
Which IR methodology do you subscribe to?
Do you have experience with securing a Linux server?
How do you defend against a CSFR attack?
What is your experience with malware forensics?