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Working As An Audit Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $91,818

    Average Salary

What Does An Audit Technician Do

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases.

Duties

Information security analysts typically do the following:

  • Monitor their organization’s networks for security breaches and investigate a violation when one occurs
  • Install and use software, such as firewalls and data encryption programs, to protect sensitive information
  • Prepare reports that document security breaches and the extent of the damage caused by the breaches
  • Conduct penetration testing, which is when analysts simulate attacks to look for vulnerabilities in their systems before they can be exploited
  • Research the latest information technology (IT) security trends
  • Help plan and carry out an organization’s way of handling security
  • Develop security standards and best practices for their organization
  • Recommend security enhancements to management or senior IT staff
  • Help computer users when they need to install or learn about new security products and procedures

Information security analysts must continually adapt to stay a step ahead of cyberattackers. They must stay up to date on the latest methods attackers are using to infiltrate computer systems and on IT security. Analysts need to research new security technology to decide what will most effectively protect their organization. This may involve attending cybersecurity conferences to hear firsthand accounts of other professionals who have experienced new types of attacks.

IT security analysts are heavily involved with creating their organization’s disaster recovery plan, a procedure that IT employees follow in case of emergency. These plans allow for the continued operation of an organization’s IT department. It includes preventive measures such as regularly copying and transferring data to an offsite location. It also involves plans to restore proper IT functioning after a disaster. Analysts continually test the steps in their recovery plans.

Because information security is important, these workers usually report directly to upper management. Many information security analysts work with an organization’s computer and information systems manager or chief technology officer (CTO) to design security or disaster recovery systems.

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How To Become An Audit Technician

Most information security analyst positions require a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Employers usually prefer analysts to have experience in a related occupation.

Education

Information security analysts usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, or a related field. As information security continues to develop as a career field, many schools are responding with information security programs for prospective job seekers. These programs may become a common path for entry into the occupation. Currently, a well-rounded computer education is preferred.

Employers of information security analysts sometimes prefer applicants who have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems. Programs offering the MBA in information systems generally require 2 years of study beyond the undergraduate level and include both business and computer-related courses.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Information security analysts generally need to have previous experience in a related occupation. Many analysts have experience in an information technology department, often as a network or systems administrator. Some employers look for people who have already worked in fields related to the one in which they are hiring. For example, if the job opening is in database security, they may look for a database administrator. If they are hiring in systems security, a computer systems analyst may be an ideal candidate.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

There are a number of information security certifications available, and many employers prefer job candidates to have one. Certification validates the knowledge and best practices required from information security analysts. Some are general information security certificates, such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and others have a narrow focus, such as penetration testing or systems auditing.

Advancement

Information security analysts can advance to become chief security officers or another type of computer and information systems manager.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Information security analysts must carefully study computer systems and networks and assess risks to determine how security policies and protocols can be improved.

Detail oriented. Because cyberattacks can be difficult to detect, information security analysts pay careful attention to their computer systems and watch for minor changes in performance.

Ingenuity. Information security analysts anticipate information security risks and implement new ways to protect their organizations’ computer systems and networks.

Problem-solving skills. Information security analysts respond to security alerts and uncover and fix flaws in computer systems and networks.

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Audit Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

50.8%

Female

46.5%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

75.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Asian

9.6%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.3%

Mandarin

6.7%

Korean

6.7%

Arabic

6.7%

French

6.7%
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Audit Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.4%

Jackson State University

8.1%

University of Maryland - University College

6.5%

Fox Valley Technical College

6.5%

Hinds Community College

4.8%

Belhaven University

4.8%

George Washington University

4.8%

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

4.8%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

4.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.2%

Tougaloo College

3.2%

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

3.2%

Arizona State University

3.2%

Cardinal Stritch University

3.2%

Saginaw Valley State University

3.2%

Brigham Young University

3.2%

South Plains College

3.2%

Seton Hall University

3.2%

Kaplan University

3.2%

University of Memphis

3.2%
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Majors

Business

33.0%

Accounting

11.6%

Finance

5.8%

Computer Science

5.4%

Information Technology

5.4%

Management

4.0%

Health Care Administration

4.0%

Computer Networking

4.0%

General Studies

3.6%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Communication

2.7%

Psychology

2.7%

Human Resources Management

2.2%

Education

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Computer Technical Support

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.1%

Other

27.7%

Associate

15.3%

Masters

13.3%

Certificate

4.6%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Real Audit Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Auditor-Global Technology Citibank, N.A. Islandia, NY Sep 20, 2013 $325,000
Auditor, IT Infrastructure Barclays Services Corp New York, NY Feb 10, 2015 $135,000
Auditor, IT Infrastructure Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Sep 14, 2016 $130,000 -
$170,000
Degree Audit Tech Lead University of Colorado Denver, CO Dec 12, 2014 $96,445
Degree Audit Tech Lead University of Colorado Denver, CO Sep 09, 2015 $93,636
Senior Auditor-Audit Technology Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY May 15, 2015 $85,000 -
$105,000
Auditor III-Information Technology Santander Bank MA Nov 17, 2014 $80,000 -
$90,000
Auditor, IT Risk and Compliance Management Cardinal Health, Inc. Dublin, OH May 02, 2014 $73,380
Info Tech. Auditor (Management Analyst) Smart, LLC Woodbridge, NJ Sep 23, 2012 $72,400
Auditor, IT & Research Georgia State University Atlanta, GA Jun 16, 2014 $70,757
Auditor-Information Technology Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Jun 01, 2015 $69,617

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Top Skills for An Audit Technician

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Top Audit Technician Skills

  1. Audit Reports
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Database Information
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Process and review tax data entry audit reports, work with appropriate departments in order to resolve any differences.
  • Generated monthly close of financial statements; prepared management reports concerning bank accounts.
  • Reviewed liability, workers compensation and automobile field audits.
  • Evaluated and processed insurance premium audits for all lines of insurance including workers comp, general liability, and auto.
  • Analyze and compute Medicare cost report information to determine accuracy.

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