The goal of IT security is to protect computer networks and the information within them. Cybersecurity Analysts plan, implement, and monitor these security measures. If a data breach happens, they help determine what information was compromised and how to prevent the issue from happening again.

Make a Difference

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 

Traverse City Cybersecurity, tccyber

Elsewhere in Michigan

 

Ferris State University, 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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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.

 

Sample Job Titles...

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

Hear It From The Pros

10-Year Job Growth Projections

10%
10-County Region
35%
Michigan
11%
U.S.

Employed Regionally

10
In 2020

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region

$48,000
$75,980 
$125,440

Annual Hires Regionally

5
In 2020

Other Regional Career Resources

Cyber Professional Organization, Local Chapter: Information Systems Security Association, gt-issa.org

More about Cyber careers:

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

Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Cyber Security Analyst

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