Information Security Analysts

7.4/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $49.80 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 35% (Start worrying)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Information Security Analysts' job openings is expected to rise 33.3% by 2030
'Information Security Analysts' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Information Security Analysts' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Information Security Analysts' was $103,590, or $49.80 hourly
'Information Security Analysts' are paid 146.9% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 138,000 people employed as Information Security Analysts.
This represents around 0.10% of the employed workforce across the United States.

Job description

Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. Assess system vulnerabilities for security risks and propose and implement risk mitigation strategies. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

SOC Code: 15-1212.00

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Richard P (Likely) says
Could be disrupted by Quantum computers
Jan 17, 2021 at 04:22 PM
FD says
New regulations will force the software developing companies to create less vulnerabilities in products (at the source.) Hardware vendors will similarly have to sell networked devices with secure settings programmed in by default.

This will increase the ability of automated systems to detect any remaining vulnerabilities, but will not completely remove the need for technicians to maintain, remediate, and upgrade the systems. There will still be a need to touch the hardware. Depending on individual situation, some companies will use more of AI tech than the others. We can already see something similar in the engineering, accounting, and law practice, where paralegals and drafters have not been completely replaced by software. Sole practitioners might use automation more extensively than the large corporations, but there will be a legal requirement for a human audit.

In addition, location-independent digital nomads who train themselves to use the automation tools could do a lot of accurate work in a short amount of time, as independent consultants and freelancers, and do business with multiple clients.

Making the choice to transition from repetitive and tedious manual work to automation, will be akin to transitioning from flintstones to nuclear power. Nuclear power still needs humans, and so will information security solutions.
Dec 23, 2020 at 05:42 AM
Fakiha (Small chance) says
I believe that is is less likely because mostly automatically finding vulnerabilities may be performed by AI but it will be the security analyst to enable computer do it, help it learn by giving feedback, as the result may not always be right. AI will help make task easier and fast for security analyst
Mar 09, 2020 at 07:14 AM
Michael (Small chance) says
there are some areas such as malware detection and IPS , IDS that will be fully automated , but others like policy and social engineering are very hard to .
Jan 30, 2020 at 03:22 PM
frankie (Highly likely) says
Automated penetration testing
Jan 19, 2020 at 02:15 PM

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