The security analyst plays an essential role in keeping an organization’s proprietary and sensitive information protected and secure. He/she works inter-departmentally to identify and correct flaws in the company’s security programs, solutions, and systems while giving recommendations for specific measures that can improve the company’s overall security posture. Security analysts are ultimately responsible for ensuring that the company’s digital assets are protected from unauthorized access.

This includes securing both online and on-premise infrastructures, digging through metrics and data to filter out possibly malicious activity, and detecting and mitigating risks before breaches occur and cause damage. If a breach does occur, SOC analysts are often “on the front line”, leading efforts to counter and defend the attack. Some of the specific tasks that security analysts incur include: the monitoring of security access, preforming security tests through vulnerability testing and risk analysis, conducting security breaches to identify the root cause also known as “ethical hacking”, analyzing interior and exterior security audits, routinely updating the company’s incident response and disaster recovery plans, and more.