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Analyst - Information Security
Analyst - Information Security
Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment

Analyst - Information Security

Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Interacting With Computers - test computer programs or systems
  • Getting Information - obtain information from individuals
  • Encrypt data transmissions and erect firewalls to conceal confidential information as it is being transmitted and to keep out tainted digital transfers.
  • Develop plans to safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure and to meet emergency data processing needs.
  • Analyzing Data or Information - evaluate computer system user requests or requirements
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - confer with personnel to discuss security violations or programming
  • Review violations of computer security procedures and discuss procedures with violators to ensure violations are not repeated.

About the test

The HR Avatar Analyst - Information Security Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Analyst - Information Security test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations. This test also contains an automatically-scored essay component. Writing is a key skill for many jobs and also demonstrates the ability to generate, organize, and communicate relevant ideas effectively.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Multitasking
  Knowledge and Skills
  • Writing
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Expressive and Outgoing
  • Innovative and Creative
  • Needs Structure
  • Seeks Perfection
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:15-1122.00
Simulation Context:Information Technology
O*Net Context:Computer and Mathematical
Price:40 Credits ($40 USD)
Note:This test contains questions that are difficult to complete on small screens. A large screen device, such as a laptop, desktop, or tablet is recommended. Test-takers using small devices will be advised to optionally change to a larger screen device.
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$53,760 or less
Bottom 25%:
$69,840 or less
$92,600 (Average)
Top 25%:
$119,020 or more
Top 10%:
$147,290 or more

US Employment Statistics
2024 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:2,550

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Telecommunications
  • Administration and Management
  • English Language
  • Education and Training
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Communications and Media
Top Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Time Management
  • Judgment and Decision Making
Top Abilities
  • Written Comprehension
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Oral Expression
  • Near Vision
  • Speech Clarity
Education Requirements
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Bachelor's Degree:
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate:
Master's Degree:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
3 - 6 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
6 - 8 Years:
8 - 10 Years:
More than 10 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Automatic Data Processing Systems Security Specialist (ADP Systems Security), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Computer Security Coordinator, Computer Security Information Specialist, Computer Security Specialist, Computer Specialist, Computer Systems Manager, Computer Systems Security Analyst, Computer Systems Technician, Cryptological Technician, Cryptologist, Cyber Security Engineer, Cyber Security Specialist, Data Recovery Planner, Data Security Administrator, Data Security Analyst, Database Security Expert, Information Assurance Analyst, Information Assurance Engineer, Information Security Analyst, Information Security Director, Information Security Engineer, Information Security Manager, Information Security Officer, Information Security Specialist, Information Systems Security Analyst, Information Systems Security Officer, Information Systems Security Specialist, Information Technology Analyst (IT Analyst), Information Technology Applications Developer (IT Applications Developer), Information Technology Audit Manager, Information Technology Auditor, Information Technology Consultant (IT Consultant), Information Technology Manager, Information Technology Security Analyst, Information Technology Specialist, Internet Security Specialist, Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Network Manager, Network Security Administrator, Network Security Analyst, Network Security Engineer, Network Security Officer, PC Analyst (Personal Computer Analyst), Programmer Analyst, Security Analyst, Security Architect, Security Consultant, Security Director, Security Engineer, Security Operations Analyst, Security Specialist, SOC Analyst, Systems Administrator, Systems Analyst, Systems Security Information Technology Specialist, Threat Monitoring Analyst

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Interpret and report functional requirements.
  • Accurately communicate the maintenance schedule to employees.
  • Optimize infrastructure strategy for phones and network.
  • Calculate product defect rate.
  • Respond to a customer inquiry.
  • Write a short essay.
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