Globally Responsible
Careers in STEM

Cyber security analyst

Cyber security analysts help to protect an organisation by employing a range of technologies and processes to prevent, detect and manage cyber threats.

As a cyber security analyst, you will protect IT infrastructure (including networks, hardware and software) from a range of criminal activity. You will monitor networks and systems, detect security threats ('events'), analyse and assess alarms, and report on threats, intrusion attempts and false alarms, either resolving them or escalating them, depending on the severity.

Broadly, you can work in one of the following areas:

  • consulting, offering advisory services to clients
  • working to protect the security of the organisation you work for

Particular ethical debates related to cyber security include its growing use by militaries to enhance their warfighting capabilities. SGR recommends avoiding such work.

Related SDG Goal
SDG Goal 3: Good health and well-being
SDG Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
SDG Goal 9:  Industry, innovation and infrastructure
SDG Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
SDG Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
SDG Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

SGR, Globally Responsible Careers 2021