Jobs Explained: Cyber Security Analyst

12 July 2021

Cyber Security Analyst

What is a Cyber Security Analyst? How much do Cyber Security Analysts earn? How do you get your first job as a Cyber Security Analyst and what is the long-term career potential? In this jobs explained profile we explore everything you need to know about Cyber Security Analysts in the Fintech & payments industry.

What is a Fintech & payments Cyber Security Analyst?

Cyber Security Analysts (also called Information Security Analysts) plan and carry out security measures to protect a company’s computer networks and systems. They keep constant tabs on threats and monitor their organisation’s networks for any breaches in security.

What does a Cyber Security Analyst do?

Specifically a Cyber Security Analyst will:

  • ​Analyse threat intelligence feeds & stay abreast of cyber security related risks that may affect business continuity.

  • Monitor, gather & report activities pertinent to security systems from a cyber security angle.

  • Monitor & analyse emails for threats such as phishing & malware.

  • Support internal investigations by conducting forensic analysis.

  • Manage the investigation of security violations and breaches.

  • Investigate and perform computer forensics including malware analysis.

  • Perform in-depth incident handling and response.

  • Maintain awareness of emerging threats.

  • Support business education in regards to cybersecurity threats.



  • Great salary

  • Plenty of opportunities

  • High demand

  • Strong career path

  • Always something new to learn


  • Demanding hours

  • Can be repetitive

  • Pressure

How much do Fintech Cyber Security Analysts earn?

This can vary across the industry, however the following is a good guide to salary:

  • Cyber Security Analyst £45,000-£80,000

What skills and qualifications do you need to become a Fintech Cyber Security Analyst?

  • Knowledge of intrusion detection and various operating systems (Windows/ UNIX) and web technologies surrounding internet security.

  • Understanding of common network traffic, i.e TCP/IP, network traffic, network protocols, network devices & multiple operating system.

  • Demonstrable experience with security application.

  • Ability to assess network activity and system configuration for anomalous activity to determine system security status.

  • Technical knowledge of mainstream operating systems and wide range of security technologies such as network security appliances and anti-malware solutions.

  • Fundamental knowledge of network traffic alerts to assess, prioritise and differentiate between potential intrusion attempts.

  • Professional Security Certification such as CEH, CISSP, SANS/GIAC, etc.

  • Knowledge of the Fintech industry.

How do I get a job as a Fintech Cyber Security Analyst?

In addition to a cyber security degree, many information security professionals start out in more generalised IT roles and transition to cyber security positions. You’ll find Cyber Security Analyst jobs advertised online, including junior, mid-level and senior positions. Be sure to include all relevant qualifications and experience when writing your CV and don’t forget to send us a copy too, as we often have exclusive and unadvertised Cyber Security Analyst jobs.