Protect computer networks and the information within them. Plan, implement, and monitor cyber security measures. Help determine information compromised in a data breach and how to prevent future breaches.

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A Typical Day

  • Develop plans to safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure and to meet emergency data processing needs.
  • Monitor current reports of computer viruses to determine when to update virus protection systems.
  • Encrypt data transmissions and erect firewalls to conceal confidential information.
  • Perform risk assessments and execute tests of data processing system.
  • Modify computer security files to incorporate new software, correct errors, or change individual access status. 

Recommended Credentials

Professional Certification and/or Associate's Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Northwestern Michigan College, Computer Information Technology 

Elsewhere in Michigan


Ferris State University - Online, Information Security and Intelligence

Ferris State University Online, Cybersecurity Certificate

Davenport University, Cyber Defense Bachelor of Science

For more, see the U.S. Center of Academic Excellence map

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The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center - Information Technology


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Sample Job Titles...

  • Information Security Analyst 
  • Information Security Specialist
  • IT Security Analyst
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Security Analyst

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10-Year Job Growth Projections

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Other Regional Career Resources

Learn more about Information Security Analysts at O*NET Online.

Cyber Professional Organization, Local Chapter: Information Systems Security Association,

More about Cyber careers:

- CyberSeek, Interactive Map and Career Pathway Tools
- National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies, Cyber Career Pathways Tool

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