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Security Incident Responder

Overview and Key Facts

Woman in front of servers looking at laptop
Bachelor's degree
Median Pay
Median Pay
Job Growth
Job Growth
(Above US Average)
Jobs in 2031
Jobs in 2031

What Do They Do?

A security incident responder could...

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Security incident responders, also called intrusion analysts or incident response engineers, are like the "firefighters" of the cyber world. Companies can take steps to safeguard their computer networks and systems, but sometimes prevention is not enough and cyber attacks still happen. Sensitive data like customer credit card information can be stolen, entire websites could be brought down or altered, or personal contact information can be leaked. When this happens, incident responders must act quickly to find the source of the attack and shut it down. They will also analyze how the attack happened, determine the scope of the damage, and how to prevent it from happening again.

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Core Tasks

Think about if you'd like the typical tasks a Security Incident Responder might do:
  • Actively monitor computer systems for suspicious activity
  • Evaluate current risks and vulnerabilities of computer systems
  • Work closely with other cyber security professionals like ethical hackers or forensic analysts
  • Develop an emergency response plan that can be followed in the event of a cyber attack
  • Train other non-technical personnel and management on how to follow the emergency response plan
  • Respond in real-time in the event of a cyber attack to shut it down and prevent further damage
  • Report to management and law enforcement in the aftermath of a cyber attack

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