Cyber Security Pathway

IT Security Analyst (SOC Analyst)

What is an IT Security Analyst (SOC Analyst)

An IT Security Analyst (SOC Analyst) supports the detection, containment, and remediation of IT threats. They monitor networks and applications to identify a possible cyber-attack or intrusion and help coordinate and report on cyber incident responses. The IT Security Analyst (SOC Analyst) provides analysis and trending of security log data, Incident Response (IR) support, and threat and vulnerability analyses.

Because businesses are becoming more and more vulnerable to cyber security threats, this position has grown in importance and will continue to see increased opportunities.

The IT Security Analyst (SOC Analyst) Role is a program in the Cyber Security Pathway.

Alternate Job Titles: IT Security Monitor, Junior Security Analyst, Junior Information Security Analyst, Security Threat Analyst, IT Security Technician

How do I become an IT Security Analyst (SOC Analyst)?

There are 3 courses, business skills workshops, 5 certifications and 1 project in the program, totaling 206 hours of courses, labs and workshops.

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Foundations in Information Technology

The course focuses on the basics of computer hardware, software, mobile computing, networking, troubleshooting, and emerging technologies.

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IT Security Operations

The course addresses the vital fundamentals of security to support the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

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Windows Server Administration Fundamentals

The course combines networking and server administration concepts for broad knowledge and skills in network installation, maintenance, and security.

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What Technologies will I Learn?

  • Windows Server
  • Network management DNS
  • TCP/IP
  • Network protocols and topologies
  • Active Directory
  • System recovery
  • Anti-malware products
  • Firewalls
  • Wireless router/switch
  • External storage
  • Mobile devices
  • Network ports
  • Malware detection
  • Social engineering
  • Application/service attacks
  • Wireless attacks
  • Cryptographic attacks
  • Penetration testing
  • Vulnerability scanning Security architecture
  • Identity and access management
  • Risk management
  • Cryptography and PKI

What Industry Recognized Certifications will I Earn in the Program?

  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Technology Associate: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
  • CompTIA Network+
  • Microsoft Technology Associate: Security Fundamentals
  • CompTIA Security+

Certification exams are delivered by third party certification providers and must be successfully completed based on the requirements of the providers.

Will I earn any College Credits?


Harrisburg University of Science & Technology awards college credits on successful completion of the various courses in the program. Students have the potential to earn up to 8 college credits in the IT Security Analyst (SOC Analyst) Program.


Students who pass all the courses and pass at least 50% of the certification exams receive a Certificate of Completion from Harrisburg University of Science & Technology and NuPaths that represents successful completion of the IT Security Analyst (SOC Analyst)program.

What is the Tuition for the Program?

Tuition for the IT Security Analyst (SOC Analyst) program is $7,000 per student.

The tuition includes the cost of education, the learning materials needed by the student, 100% of the fee for the first attempt of a certification exam, and, if required, 50% of the fee for the second attempt of a certification exam.

You may be eligible for funding through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) or other state and federal government resources.

Please visit Tuition Info for further details.

What types of Jobs are available? Does NuPaths help with hiring?

NuPaths works with you throughout the program and beyond to pursue IT employment opportunities. Paid internships provide an opportunity to work while completing a NuPaths program or to transition into a full-time job role. Paid apprenticeships are available through our apprenticeship partner, TranZed Apprenticeship Services.

Students who successfully complete the program will also be referred to staffing agencies, CareerLinks, IT companies and local employers for IT job opportunities. Learn how you can achieve NuResults by enrolling in the IT Security Analyst (SOC Analyst) program.

Learn about IT security job roles, job demand, and pay ranges, on the US Department of Labor website.

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Upcoming Program Dates

Distance Learning Format
January 25,  February 22