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Do I have to be really good with computers to be an information security analyzer?

I know how to do basics on computers, but I do not think I am all that tech-savvy.

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William’s Answer

I see you're a student, and I think in that kind of early career case, if you take relevant classes, then the combination of your education, and work experience should help you get better at computers as time goes on. If you're interested and curious about computers, then your best asset as far as getting better is your curiosity.
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Brian’s Answer

I would focus on mastering fundamental skills, such as written communication (e.g. grammar), critical thinking, second language and other analytical skills (e.g. logic). With statements such as "I know how to do basics on computers, but I do not think I am all that tech-savvy", I assume you are referring to your proficiency in use of computer applications. To be an information security analysist (not analyzer), requires strong fundamental knowledge of technical skills (e.g. computer networking, storage, applications, etc) and soft skills (aka people skills), which would be inclusive of understanding motives, behavior and patterns.
NET - NET, focus on developing strong foundational skills upon which you can layer the previously mentioned subject matter expertise.
Hope this helps - B-
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Jose’s Answer

I think yes, but the more important is to be diligent, detailed, systematic, thorough, patient, persistent. The more tools you know, the better.
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Jerome’s Answer

Unfortunately, yes. Basic analysis is typically handled automatically nowadays and events are escalated to humans. Those human analysts need to thoroughly understand operating systems, languages, and networking in order to identify and respond to security issues. Although there are entry-level jobs in monitoring and initial response, any real analysis is going to require more-than-basic knowledge.

That said, if you have an interest in the security field, there's no reason you can't develop the required skills. Concentrate first on OS knowledge (Windows and Linux, and not from the end-user but from the administrative standpoint) and a good IP networking background, including firewalls and routing. Once you're there, you can move on to other studies and perhaps obtain something like a CISSP to demonstrate your understanding.

Good luck!
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Edmond’s Answer

Hi Siam, the short answer is in my opinion "not necessarily". It all depends on what you have in mind referring to "information security analyzer". The term can refer to a infosec analyst who is responsible for deep-dive technical analysis or someone who reviews at a high level infosec requirements requirements to protect a business. Echoing Jerome's comments, software enhanced with Artificial Intelligence (AI) does most of the analysis, and the human analysts pick up when the cases can't be handled by software alone.

More than a technical knowledge, an understanding of business domains and how systems work to protect information in business is more vital for that role. Having grown up with technology, I'm sure your computer skills are more than adequate to learn any software tools you come across.

Definition Ref: https://www.techopedia.com/definition/29954/information-security-analyst
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