IT occupation

Cyber Security Analyst


Cybersecurity analysts are responsible for conducting risk assessments to help identify IT-related cybersecurity risks and determine appropriate controls to mitigate them. Cybersecurity analysts support the analysis, classification, and response to cybersecurity risks within an organization. 


A bachelor's degree, usually in computer science, computer systems engineering, software engineering or mathematics or completion of a college program in computer science is usually required. A master's or doctoral degree in a related discipline may also be required.


3-4 years


Cyber security analysts typically start either as a software developer, IT support, or desktop support technician, progressing towards becoming a cybersecurity technician/specialist, and then an analyst. The analyst can further specialize to become penetration and vulnerability tester or ethical hacker, and progress to mid and senior-level roles as cybersecurity manager/administrator and Chief Information Security Officer 


This occupation is not regulated in Canada. The following are some of the certifications/certificate programs that may be useful for this occupation: 

CompTIA security+ Certification

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) 

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Certification

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM)

Competency Areas

Area 1: Business Analysis and Management

Area 2: Design and Architecture

Area 3: Development and Implementation

Area 4: Testing and Quality Assurance

Area 5: Security and Standards

Area 6: Administration and Support

Level 1 Basic Level

The individual has some knowledge and experience to carry out standard, routine tasks under supervision. They can follow instructions, complete assigned tasks, manage their work, and assist other colleagues.

Level 2 Intermediate Level

The individual has the knowledge and experience to carry out both standard and non-standard tasks with minimal supervision. They can plan activities, make key decisions, and work independently.

Level 3 Advanced Level

The individual has the knowledge and experience to carry out complex tasks confidently and consistently, without any supervision. They apply specialized knowledge to design and implement strategies, while also providing guidance and supervision to others.

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