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Working As A Data Security Analyst

  • 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

  • $76,253

    Average Salary

What Does A Data Security Analyst 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 Data Security Analyst

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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Data Security Analyst Career Paths

Data Security Analyst
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Securities Analyst Information Security Analyst
Information Security Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Security Engineer Network Security Engineer
Information Security Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Security Administrator Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Information Security Officer Director Of Information
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Project Manager Program Manager
Information Technology Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Securities Analyst Analyst Business Analyst
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Quality Assurance Analyst Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Security Officer
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Analyst Security Manager Analyst
Senior Systems Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Security Administrator Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Data Analyst 2.6 years
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 3.7%
Analyst 3.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.0%
Analyst 3.5%

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Data Security Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

58.6%

Female

39.5%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

78.8%

Asian

9.4%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.6%

Mandarin

10.5%

Portuguese

5.3%

Chinese

5.3%

German

5.3%

French

5.3%

Russian

5.3%

Armenian

5.3%

Cheyenne

5.3%
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Data Security Analyst Education

Schools

Capella University

9.1%

University of Maryland - University College

7.6%

University of Phoenix

7.6%

Western Governors University

6.1%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

6.1%

Strayer University

6.1%

Cochise College

6.1%

American InterContinental University

6.1%

Camden County College

6.1%

Saint Louis Community College

4.5%

Eastern Michigan University

4.5%

University of Washington

4.5%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.5%

Dutchess Community College

3.0%

ITT Technical Institute-San Antonio

3.0%

Remington College

3.0%

Johnson County Community College

3.0%

Wayne State University

3.0%

University of Idaho

3.0%

Kaplan University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

20.9%

Computer Science

11.1%

Information Technology

11.1%

Computer Information Systems

9.5%

Computer Systems Security

5.9%

Computer Networking

5.5%

Finance

4.0%

Information Systems

4.0%

Criminal Justice

4.0%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Political Science

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Mathematics

2.0%

Project Management

1.6%

Area Studies

1.6%

Economics

1.6%

Computer Engineering

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.6%

Other

19.3%

Associate

16.7%

Masters

15.8%

Certificate

5.7%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.5%
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Real Data Security Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Data Security Analyst III Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Oct 16, 2016 $120,000
CRM Risk Data Security Analyst Suntrust Banks, Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 06, 2011 $106,037
Big Data Security Analyst Maxonic, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 03, 2014 $99,133
Big Data Security Analyst Maxonic, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 10, 2014 $99,133
Data Security Analyst II Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Jan 06, 2016 $81,765
Data Security Analyst Intermediate University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI May 23, 2011 $79,000
Security Data Analyst Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company Boston, MA Feb 17, 2016 $65,000 -
$90,000
Automation and Data Security Analyst MFK LLC Sugar Land, TX Sep 13, 2014 $65,000
Security Data Analyst Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company Springfield, MA Sep 03, 2015 $64,210 -
$75,700
Data Security Analyst Data Solutions Inc. Canton, MI Sep 10, 2015 $59,467

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Top Skills for A Data Security Analyst

SecurityProceduresDataSecurityEnsureComplianceWindowsActiveDirectoryMainframeWindowsXPSecurityAuditsDataAnalysisUnixWebInformationSecurityPoliciesVPNUserAccountsNovellSQLRacfFirewallSecurityAdministrationInternalAuditsSOX

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  1. Security Procedures
  2. Data Security
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided technical support to client and management and staff in risk assessments and implementation of appropriate data security procedures and products.
  • Handle Data Security internal and external audits.
  • Participated in projects and assisted in the execution of project plans to help ensure compliance with security policy and standards.
  • Provided Windows Active Directory administration to user base.
  • Created and maintained security accounts for over 250,000 users within Active Directory, AIX, People Soft, and Mainframe.

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