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IT - Security Analyst

Program Requirements: 

The world today depends on information technology and the tools it powers. They touch every part of our lives. With them, the world becomes efficient – but also easier to access and steal for those wishing to do harm corporately or personally.

The professionals at the forefront to make sure these tools continue to operate smoothly are information security analysts. Their position numbers are growing as industry responds to the need for them – and Gateway Technical College has responded with its IT – Network Specialist Security Analyst associate degree program to provide quality training for students wishing to enter this exciting and growing career field.

The Security Analyst program provides solid training opportunities for students seeking to earn this degree through state-of-the-art equipment and industry-recognized training. Students receive the same training and are held to the same standards as security analysts already in the industry – which means incumbent workers can turn to Gateway for their training as well as students seeking a degree.

What does a Security Analyst do?

An information security analyst plans, implements, upgrades or monitors security measures for the protection of computer networks and information systems which could include phone, computer, network and Internet systems. They also work to ensure appropriate security policies and controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic systems and could respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

Learning by doing

In addition to hands-on training, Gateway offers a number of opportunities for students to further their cyber security skills by participating in state and national information technology competitions as well as volunteer outreach to community groups.

Job and salary outlook

As the need to keep personal and business information secure continues to grow, so will the need for trained and qualified information security analysts. Entry-level positions with an associate degree can pay an expected $30,000 to $40,000 annually with additional training and responsibility raising that salary figure to the $100,000 range. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics paints an encouraging picture for those considering the information security analyst career field. It expects the career field to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020.

Certification and Licensing

Gateway's Security Analyst program prepares graduates to obtain the following in-demand industry certifications: CompTIA Security+ and Linux+, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician.  These certifications make students more marketable to employers as certification validates foundation-level knowledge and skills necessary for a career as a security analyst.

Advisors

Elkhorn
Jason Kemp
kempj@gtc.edu

Racine
Raquel Palacios
palaciosr@gtc.edu

Program Administration

Ray Koukari, Dean
koukarir@gtc.edu

Manoj Babu, Associate Dean
babum@gtc.edu