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Working As A Chief Security Officer

  • 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

  • $90,900

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Security Officer 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 A Chief Security Officer

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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Chief Security Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

70.4%

Female

27.3%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

78.2%

Hispanic or Latino

9.3%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

2.3%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

French

15.0%

Russian

7.5%

Irish

5.0%

Romanian

5.0%

Greek

5.0%

Portuguese

2.5%

Chinese

2.5%

Finnish

2.5%

Polish

2.5%

Hebrew

2.5%

Serbian

2.5%

Urdu

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Shan

2.5%

Italian

2.5%
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Chief Security Officer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.1%

George Washington University

7.4%

The Academy

6.6%

Temple University

6.6%

Norwich University

5.9%

University of Connecticut

5.9%

Harvard University

5.9%

Capella University

5.9%

Michigan State University

5.1%

Arizona State University

5.1%

Webster University

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

University of Southern California

4.4%

New York University

3.7%

University of Rhode Island

3.7%

Florida State University

3.7%

Johns Hopkins University

3.7%

University of Virginia

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

University of Maryland - University College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

26.8%

Criminal Justice

11.1%

Educational Leadership

5.3%

Management

5.3%

Education

4.5%

Political Science

4.5%

Finance

4.1%

Marketing

4.1%

Psychology

3.9%

Computer Science

3.7%

Human Resources Management

3.7%

Law

3.3%

Communication

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Information Technology

2.7%

Accounting

2.7%

Public Administration

2.3%

English

2.0%

Mathematics

2.0%

Computer Systems Security

2.0%
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Degrees

Masters

32.3%

Bachelors

30.9%

Other

17.2%

Doctorate

9.9%

Certificate

4.9%

Associate

3.8%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Real Chief Security Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Asst.Chief Security Officer Crisis Mgmt/Business C General Electric Company Fairfield, CT Mar 10, 2014 $210,000
Chief Security Officer Imagine Software, Inc. New York, NY May 10, 2013 $170,000
Chief Security Officer Imagine Software, Inc. New York, NY May 10, 2010 $170,000
Chief Security Officer AVM Software, Inc. New York, NY Jan 28, 2015 $139,381
Chief Security Officer/Senior Network Engineer Greenwich Hospital Greenwich, CT May 16, 2010 $130,088
Assistant Chief Security Officer(Acso)-Crisis Management& Business Continuity General Electric Co. (GE Corporate Fairfield, CT Jun 20, 2016 $105,000 -
$235,000

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Top Skills for A Chief Security Officer

EnsureComplianceProceduresPersonnelSafetySecurityPoliciesStrategicDirectionFinancialOversightInformationSecurityContinuityEmergencyDisasterRecoveryPrivacyFacilitiesManagementHumanResourcesCurriculumRiskManagementLawEnforcementPhysicalSecurityAccountability

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Top Chief Security Officer Skills

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Procedures
  3. Personnel
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed policies and procedures to ensure compliance with organizational goals, applicable federal, state and local regulatory standards and ordinances.
  • Lead incident response planning and investigation of security breaches, notification procedures, legal reporting and forensics.
  • Train personnel in security procedures or use of security equipment.
  • Assisted captain with administrative and safety duties Arranged regular safety drills In charge of maintenance, deck inventory, and deck equipment
  • Conduct physical examinations of property to ensure compliance with security policies and regulations.

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