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Fintech Security Analyst Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Fintech Security Analyst interview, here are 25 interview questions and answer examples.

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Question 1 of 25

What are your greatest strengths and accomplishments?

How to Answer

This is a great opportunity to discuss the skills and qualities you possess that allow you to excel as a fintech security analyst. Focus on your most recent role and what you accomplished during that time. Be sure to point out what you did well and how you helped your old company.

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25 Fintech Security Analyst Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1. What are your greatest strengths and accomplishments?

      How to Answer

      This is a great opportunity to discuss the skills and qualities you possess that allow you to excel as a fintech security analyst. Focus on your most recent role and what you accomplished during that time. Be sure to point out what you did well and how you helped your old company.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I'd say that at my last job my most significant accomplishment was putting a new firewall in place that prevented potentially devastating breaches. When I was hired, the company was very lax with its network security. Immediately, I knew that one of my top priorities was to bolster the security here so the company and its data and employees would be fully protected against bad actors. I researched and selected a well-established and highly-regarded firewall that undoubtedly protected the network in coming days from attempted hacks. I also put anti-virus software in place and kept it updated, in addition to educating employees about how to use two-factor authentication to access the network and not to fall for phishing attempts. I believe that one of my strengths is the expertise I have in the area of network security and my ability to effectively communicate and teach others about it, and I look forward to potentially doing this at your company as well."

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  • Competency

    2. In your opinion, why does cybersecurity matter?

      How to Answer

      An interviewer will want assurance that you understand why your role as a fintech security analyst is important. You may also get this question asked of you by colleagues after you've been hired because not everyone clearly understands cybersecurity. Confidently explain what your definition of cybersecurity is and why you think it matters.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Cybersecurity is defined as the measures taken to protect a company against the unauthorized use of its electronic data. The main reason why cybersecurity is so important, especially nowadays, is because a breach or hack can cost a company millions of dollars. It might be as simple as the bookkeeper falling for a sophisticated email phishing attempt. That happens and the company's computer systems are suddenly being held ransom unless it pays up. Plus, there's the constant risk of identity theft and website attacks. In today's world, workers need to be educated when it comes to cybersecurity because they are a company's first line of defense. As a result, my role as a security analyst is vitally important because I help to protect the company's profits, reputation, information, websites, and employee identities from hackers and scam artists."

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  • Competency

    3. How would you go about securing a network?

      How to Answer

      There are a variety of things one can do to secure a network. Talk to the interviewer about these different methods. If you have experience in this area, consider using the STAR (situation, task, action, result) method to explain how you have accomplished this in the past.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I have successfully done this before in past roles. To start, I always find out more about the network that I need to protect. For example, what devices are on it, how many users access it at a given time, what data is on it, and what is its routing method? Once I've learned more about it, I install a firewall that I then continually monitor. I also implement a policy whereby all employees must update their passwords at least every quarter. In some cases, I might even recommend two-factor authentication as well, which just provides more security. In addition, I maintain our anti-virus software by regularly updating it. For any employees who travel, I make sure there is a virtual private network (VPN) in place for them to use. Finally, I educate and frequently remind all employees to follow computer security best practices."

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  • Competency

    4. Talk to me about the WannaCry Ransomware Attack of 2017.

      How to Answer

      Prior to your interview, make sure to brush up on notable cybersecurity breaches that have occurred over the years, as well as recent ones. You'll want to come across as knowledgeable if the interviewer asks you about one of them. Briefly explain the details of what happened.

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  • Competency

    5. How do you keep your own personal data secure?

      How to Answer

      Since fintech security analysts are typically given the responsibility of keeping company data protected, you'll want to assure the interviewer that you are capable of keeping your own home network and devices secure as well. Discuss the process and methods you use to achieve this. Consider mentioning the use of strong passwords, two-factor authentication, encryption, and even physical security measures.

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  • Competency

    6. How much do you know about industry cybersecurity law?

      How to Answer

      Fintech is a highly regulated industry, and it can be challenging to keep company apps and platforms both secure and legally compliant. Discuss with the interviewer your knowledge around the legal frameworks and requirements in this field. Provide real-life examples of your experience in this area, if possible.

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  • Competency

    7. How do you permanently prevent malicious actors from accessing sensitive data?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants assurance that you are an expert when it comes to protecting their company's data. Assure them that you know what to do to permanently stop hackers from obtaining sensitive data.

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  • Discovery

    8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

      How to Answer

      An interviewer asks this kind of question because they want to be assured that you'll stick around for a while if they hire you. Make sure to emphasize that you want to remain in the cybersecurity field and that you're passionate about it. Discuss how over time you're planning to increase your skills and how this will benefit their company.

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  • Discovery

    9. Why are you looking for a new job?

      How to Answer

      An interviewer asks this kind of question in order to learn more about your motivations and goals. They are also looking for red flags so be sure you don't say anything negative at all about your current employer since doing so will only reflect poorly on you. Instead, focus on reasons like expanding your skillset, taking on more responsibility, or working for a company that provides more opportunities for growth. Be enthusiastic and talk about why you want to work for this company in particular.

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  • Discovery

    10. What do you plan to do your first 90 days on the job?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to get a sense of how you envision your first days going if they hire you. Discuss how you'll meet with your managers and coworkers in order to build a rapport and to gain an understanding of their expectations for you. You can also talk about how you plan to learn about the company, its products, and its security needs. Emphasize how excited and eager you are to potentially move forward with the company.

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  • Discovery

    11. How do you stay abreast of new developments in technology and cybersecurity?

      How to Answer

      It's the job of a fintech security analyst to continually stay ahead of the malicious actors out there. Discuss with the interviewer how you typically stay in-the-know when it comes to new viruses and malware, as well as methods to keep company networks protected. If you read specific industry blogs, mention them by name. Emphasize that you stay current so you can remain cutting edge when it comes to your job.

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  • Scenario

    12. Say an employee wants to use a company device on public wi-fi. How do you ensure the security of the device?

      How to Answer

      This question provides a typical situation that you may encounter as a security analyst in the fintech industry. Part of your job responsibilities will be to educate your colleagues on how to maintain security on their devices, even when traveling or working remotely. Explain to the interviewer what you will do to keep your coworkers' devices secure at all times.

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  • Scenario

    13. Tell me what you'd do if someone asked you to break protocol for them.

      How to Answer

      Fintech security analysts do sometimes encounter this issue, whether it be a colleague requesting remote access on their personal computer or a manager wanting the ability to access an employee's email or information. In some cases, requests might cross into illegal territory so the interviewer wants assurance that you'll know how to handle this type of situation. Discuss how you'll remain calm and professional but will consult with your manager before moving forward.

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  • Situational

    14. How did you manage to overcome a problem in your last position?

      How to Answer

      Everyone makes mistakes sometimes and the interviewer knows this. It's most important to emphasize how you handled the error and what lessons you carried away from it. Use the STAR method (situation, task, action, result) to explain a problem that you dealt with at your last job (whether or not you caused it) and how you successfully overcame it. Emphasize your problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

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  • Technical

    15. What is the difference between a worm and a virus?

      How to Answer

      Expect your interview to be filled with technical questions that test your knowledge. Familiarize yourself with the answers to these kinds of questions before the interview so you can confidently provide definitions, explanations, and examples.

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  • Technical

    16. Explain the difference between symmetric and asymmetric encryption.

      How to Answer

      Prior to the interview, brush up on your technical terms and concepts so you can easily answer these kinds of questions. You'll want to show the interviewer that you are an expert when it comes to encryption. Define both types of encryption and, if possible, talk about times in the past when you've used them.

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  • Technical

    17. Discuss what you know about HTTPS, SSL, and TLS.

      How to Answer

      Demonstrate to the interviewer that you are well versed in these various technologies. Define each term and talk about the differences between them. You'll want to show that you are knowledgeable and experienced in this area.

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  • Technical

    18. Talk about the differences between encoding, encrypting, and hashing.

      How to Answer

      Fintech security analysts should be familiar with encryption and be able to discuss what it is. Show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable in this area by defining the various terms and explaining the differences between them.

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  • Technical

    19. Do you believe DNS monitoring is important? If so, why?

      How to Answer

      Define what DNS monitoring is, explain how hackers commonly attack DNS, and then express your opinion on whether or not you think the monitoring is important and why. If you have any experience in this area, consider providing a real-life example of a time when you've witnessed the implementation and/or use of DNS monitoring.

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  • Technical

    20. Tell me what the difference is between a threat, vulnerability, and risk.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer will expect you to have a deep understanding of cybersecurity. Define threats, vulnerabilities, and risks for the interviewer, and discuss some of the differences between the three terms. If possible, talk about a time when you've personally experienced a threat, vulnerability, or risk and what you did about it.

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  • Technical

    21. Explain the three ways to authenticate someone.

      How to Answer

      In many cases, companies help keep their networks secure by only allowing authenticated users to access it. Show the interviewer how knowledgeable you are about authentication by explaining the three methods that fintech security analysts generally use to authenticate users.

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  • Technical

    22. Describe the difference between data protection in transit and at rest.

      How to Answer

      This is a technical question that the interviewer is asking to test your knowledge. Provide definitions for both terms and explain the difference between them. You might also discuss some of the methods that can be used to protect both kinds of data.

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  • Technical

    23. What is a three-way handshake?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer will undoubtedly quiz you on various technological terms since you will be expected to be an expert in this area. Provide an explanation of what a three-way handshake is and how it is used.

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  • Technical

    24. How do you define residual risk?

      How to Answer

      The fact of the matter is that risk can never be entirely eliminated as long as the physical medium housing the data, network, and/or the devices still exist. Talk to the interviewer about the definition of residual risk and how you determine how much residual risk is acceptable.

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  • Technical

    25. What is phishing and how can it be stopped?

      How to Answer

      Phishing is a commonly used scam tactic that malicious actors use to try and steal personal information via email. Explain to the interviewer what phishing is and what steps can be taken to prevent it.

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