Get ready to start an exciting new career in the world of internet security. Our Cyber Security program is designed to prepare you for a career as a network security analyst in the business world by combining online classes with hands-on training using virtual desktops on some of the most current computer security software.

As a network security analyst, you can be a vital part of an IT team and help provide protection to an organization’s computer networks and systems. Our online program grants an Associates Degree and covers training that will allow you to sit for industry-recognized certifications, such as the CompTIA A+ Essentials Certification. Platt College is ready to help you pursue a new career in Cyber Security.

Training to Become a Network Security Analyst

Our Cyber Security program can prepare you for a job in an organization’s IT department as an information security analyst. Some of the classes that you will be expected to take include:

  • Networking Concepts I and II
  • Security Concepts
  • Fundamentals of Information Systems Security
  • Managing Risk in Information Systems
  • Security Policies and Implementation Issues

During your online lessons, you can learn how to use computer equipment and software necessary for your new career. Some of the equipment you may handle include:

  • Computer Hardware and Software
  • PC and Linux operating systems and programs

The Career Services team can assist you in marketing yourself for the right career opportunity.

What Does a Network Security Analyst Do?

Network Security Analysts are a very important part of an organization’s IT team, supporting both the administration of the organization’s computer systems as well as ensuring there are no cyber security risks to company information. While the role of a Network Security Analyst can vary by organization, the role requires you to possess both interpersonal and technical skills. Network Security Analyst duties can be broken into three categories – administrative duties, maintenance, and preventative analysis.

Administrative Duties

You may work with the head of IT on a daily basis to ensure the administrative functions of the department remain up-to-date. You may also be required to use various software to keep the organization’s system safe from outside hackers and other computer cyber attacks.

  • Prepare, maintain, or update security procedures, security system drawings, or related documentation.  
  • Develop or review specifications for design or construction of security systems.
  • Train personnel in security procedures or the use of security equipment.
  • Prepare reports that document security breaches and the extent of the damage caused by the breaches
  • Help computer users when they need to install or learn about new security products and procedures

Maintenance

In conjunction with the head of your IT department, you could be responsible for the daily maintenance and monitoring of the organization’s computer systems to ensure that everything is working properly and data is secure.

  • Engineer, install, maintain, or repair security systems, programmable logic controls, or other security-related electronic systems
  • Test security measures for final acceptance and implement or provide procedures for ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the measures.  
  • Monitor their organization’s networks for security breaches and investigate a violation when one occurs
  • Install and use software, such as firewalls and data encryption programs, to protect sensitive information
  • Develop security standards and best practices for their organization

Preventative Analysis

Network security analysts routinely test the network for security breaches as well as update the system to keep it in line with current security trends

  • Identify and describe any security threats and vulnerabilities in a network or information system
  • Outline and apply different strategies for securing networks or information system
  • Develop plans to safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure and to meet emergency data processing needs.
  • Conduct penetration testing, which is when analysts simulate attacks to look for vulnerabilities in their systems before they can be exploited
  • Perform risk assessments and execute tests of the data processing system to ensure the functioning of data processing activities and security measures.  

Network Security Analyst Professional Requirements

In order to enroll in the Cyber Security program at Platt College, you need to have obtained your high school diploma or GED. Basic skills in math and science are a plus. You will also be required to pass the CompTIA A+ Essentials Certification and CompTIA A+ Practical Exams in order to pass and receive your degree. Other security certificates, such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), may be required by an employer.

Is Network Security Analyst a Good Career For Me?

How do you know if a career in Cyber Security is good for you? Here are some things to consider:

  • You have a love for computers and how they work
  • You tend to be analytical and detail-oriented with good problem-solving skills and ingenuity
  • You have a strong work ethic and go into your chosen career knowing that you can have tough days and long hours but take it in stride.
  • You are reliable, organized and good at multitasking,
  • You have career advancement opportunities available to you with additional training.

If this sounds like you, then training as a Network Security Analyst is a good career choice.

Where Can Network Security Analysts Work?

Graduates of the Cyber Security program may be able to work in the IT department of organizations such as:

  • Corporate businesses
  • Hospitals and healthcare
  • Schools and colleges
  • Law enforcement offices

Oklahoma Cyber Security Program Locations at Platt College

Are you ready to enroll in our Oklahoma Cyber Security program? You can find classes at:

Get Started Today!

Turn your passion for computers and technology into a career with our online Cyber Security program. Our industry-experienced instructors and convenient online schedule make it easy for you to gain the skills you need to be successful in this growing field. To get started, call us at 877-392-6616 or request information to speak with an Admissions Representative, who can answer your questions about our Cyber Security Program.

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the programs at Platt College are available at http://www.plattcolleges.edu/content/program-disclosures.

Programs vary by location.

High school diploma, GED or equivalent required.

See the school catalog for specific programmatic admissions requirements.

*Platt College Online Programs are offered through the Tulsa, Oklahoma campus.