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Cyber Auditor Career Guide

What Is a Cyber Auditor?

A cyber auditor works with companies and organizations to provide comprehensive audits of online security systems involving a detailed report about existing cybersecurity systems, analyses of whether the systems run efficiently or effectively, and recommendations on changes to protocols and infrastructure.

Cyber auditors are also known as security auditors. 

Depending on the size of the organization, audits might be rolled out at the department level, but some organizations are small enough that the entire system can be audited at once.

A cyber auditor or security auditor is not the same as a penetration tester although some duties overlap (e.g., a cyber auditor assesses a computer system based on established standards and makes recommendations to help the system become compliant, whereas a penetration tester is responsible for finding and exploiting vulnerabilities and providing an assessment and recommendation report to the management. 

What Does a Cyber Auditor Do?

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  • Providing an independent or internal review of security controls and information systems
  • Testing the safety and effectiveness of individual components of cybersecurity defenses
  • Providing an overview of the audit process
  • Executing cybersecurity audits
  • Analyzing/investigating any recent breaches or security concerns
  • Evaluating internal security systems, controls, and policies
  • Ensuring compliance with application-related laws and regulations
  • Writing technical reports that analyze/interpret audit results
  • Writing stakeholder reports that use accessible language to explain the process and recommendations

How Do I Become a Cyber Auditor?

Best Degrees for a Cyber Auditor

Cybersecurity and Information Assurance – B.S.

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  • Employer approval: 74% of graduates finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition: $3,950 per 6-month term.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Cyber crimes investigator
  • Director of cybersecurity
  • Chief of cyber counterintelligence
  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Cyber operations planner

Certifications included in this program at no extra cost include:

  • Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) - Associate of (ISC)2 designation
  • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) - Associate of (ISC)2 designation
  • ITIL® Foundation Certification
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst Certification (CySA+)
  • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Network Vulnerability Assessment Professional
  • CompTIA Network Security Professional
  • CompTIA PenTest+
  • CompTIA Project+
  • CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Security Analytics Professional

 

Cybersecurity and Information Assurance – M.S.

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Become the authority on keeping infrastructures and information safe.

  • Time: 76% of graduates finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,295 per 6-month term.
  • Certifications: cost of two EC-Council certs, included.

The curriculum is closely aligned with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework, plus includes the opportunity to earn these certifications:

  • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker
  • EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)

This program was designed in collaboration with national intelligence organizations and IT industry leaders, ensuring you'll learn emerging technologies and best practices in security governance.


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What Skills Does a Cyber Auditor Need?

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  • Ability to identify risky IT procedures
  • Ability to identify potential software and hardware vulnerabilities
  • Experience with risk management and mitigation
  • Technical skills required to assess the status of networks and systems
  • Penetration testing
  • Policy development
  • Ability to develop recommendations for heightened security
  • Ability to communicate recommendations to stakeholders

How Much Does a Cyber Auditor Make?

$102,600

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the median annual salary for information security analysts, including cyber auditors, is $102,600.

What Is the Projected Job Growth?

33%

The BLS job growth projections for the field are likewise positive, as they expect the field to expand by a healthy 33% through 2030.

Where Does a Cyber Auditor Work?

Varies

Cyber auditors work within companies or organizations or work independently and provide services to other companies and organizations. If they work for a company, they typically work in the IT or IT security department. 

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