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What are the downsides of working as a Information Security Analyst?


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Tina’s Answer

Great question! I believe one's point of view falls to whether you are an optimist or a pessimist by nature. I am and optimist and find the biggest downside is that we have to work within constraints. The bad actors do not.

We have constraints on budget, resources, skills, and regulatory requirements. The bad actors have none. They are free to pursue, target, attack anyone for however long they can .

This is a thankless job and most of the staff in security are the unsung heroes of most organizations. You can choose to look at that as either a good thing or a bad thing. I choose to look at it on the positive (glass have full) as we are not in it to be the in the for front. We have responsibilities to support and protect the business and they are to be in the front. We are the scaffolding to support them and protect them from themselves in some cases. The business depends on us to do our jobs so they can do theirs.

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Scott’s Answer

For me, the biggest downside is the potential to see everything as the "glass half empty". Cybersecurity is all about protecting your company, assets, and people from people doing bad things (intentionally or accidentally). This naturally means there is a constant focus on what could go wrong, what bad thing might happen next, or how to possibly keep up with well funded cyber criminals. It can be exhausting, defeating, and very negative if you let it.

However, it can be exhilarating as well! To know you are genuinely helping people, helping your company be successful, and staying on the edge of technology to "win". If you see it optimistically, it's a challenge and an opportunity to learn, grow, and make a real impact in an area that's never been more important!

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Preethi’s Answer

I think this is a great profession, sought after position in the industry given that every sector is moving to digital world, and information security is a hot commodity. The downsides might be working long hours at times where there are data breaches and putting real fixes into place. But overall it is a great career to have in the next decade to two.

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Shweta’s Answer

It all about mindset, there are downside in every profession but it is up to the person how he/she takes it and deal with it.
I believe that its a great field and has a great future because now a days everything is connected and lots and lots of cyber security threats are there. I would say its in big demand, to pursue this career only thing you have to technically good and should have much knowledge on the latest technologies and cyber security threats. In this job you might need to analyze the long set of logs. This job needs long time from you to understand the stuff real technical stuff.

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Todd’s Answer

How are you at handling stress? (Ask someone else about how you handle stress). If you have a healthy approach to dealing with stress and have a passion for it like Edmond does, what he said probably covers it. Not sure I agree with the comment about government workers having 9 to 5 hours, but I have not direct knowledge.

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Edmond’s Answer

To me it's like being a kid in a candy store and not having enough time to eat all the candies I can!
If you are interested in investigative/research type of work there are very few professions that come close.
Usually long unpredictable hours unless one becomes a well established professional and can dictate his/her hours to the business. Or work for government.
Have you heard anything negative?
-edmond

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Tony’s Answer

I agree with my colleagures. It is a thankless job when everything goes well, and when it doesn't you work long hours under stressful conditions.

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