Cyber Security Intelligence Analyst

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Cyber security intelligence is directly related to the threats and vulnerabilities of the cyber environment, but every good Cyber Security Intelligence Analyst understands that intelligence tactics, techniques, and procedures and various types of operations existed long before cyberspace was conceived. Intelligence results from the collection, processing, integration, evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of available information; it has been used throughout history as both an offensive weapon and a defensive tool.

A cyber security intelligence product is the final evaluation of the data provided to a customer by a Cyber Security Intelligence Analyst in a complete and easy to understand format. All intelligence products must contain the analyst’s opinions on the important details from the information evaluated. The best Analysts present intelligence that is totally responsive to the original goal or intelligence need.

Often, in the world of cyber security, it ultimately is the analysis produced by a Cyber Security Intelligence Analyst that provides the information (intelligence) that is most important to subject matter experts and to decision makers. Cyber Security Intelligence Analysts support restricted programs that gather, analyze, share, and use open source and sensitive material. An Analyst is an integral and important part of the planning, preparation, coordination, and dissemination phases of an intelligence analysis report. A Cyber Security Intelligence Analyst also is responsible for translating, analyzing, and evaluating the highly sensitive materials he/she deals with.

General Educational Requirements

Most Cyber Security Intelligence Analyst positions require a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, sociology, or criminal justice. Relevant course work includes substantive study of criminal law, research methods in criminal justice, homeland security and terrorism, and ethics. On-the-job training may be provided by some employers for recruits with a demonstrated ability for working in this field.

Additional Qualifications

The Cyber Security Intelligence Analyst must understand the steps of the intelligence lifecycle that is used to convert data into intelligence. An Analyst also must have expert technical writing skills so that reports are produced clearly and with no ambiguities. Technical expertise in cyber security is a very important skill for a Cyber Security Intelligence Analyst. For example, an Analyst must understand routing protocols and infrastructure, and must understand different type of exploits, to be able to provide actionable recommendations to defend against threats and vulnerabilities of data sent over their clients’ servers.

Keeping up with industry advances is crucial to being a good Cyber Security Intelligence Analyst, as are the abilities to process and characterize large amounts of data and to think critically.

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