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Working As An Information Assurance 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

  • $90,120

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Assurance 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 An Information Assurance 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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Information Assurance Analyst Career Paths

Information Assurance Analyst
Information Assurance Officer Information Systems Security Manager
Assurance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Program Manager Deputy Program Manager
Branch Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Engineer Information Systems Security Manager Security Manager
Chief Of Security
9 Yearsyrs
Assurance Manager Senior Manager Chief Information Officer
Chief Security Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Assurance Manager Project Manager Construction Manager
Contracts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Analyst Project Manager Program Manager
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Officer Systems Administrator Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Security Manager Section Chief
Division Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Officer Senior Information Security Analyst
Information Security Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Security Engineer Security Engineer Network Security Engineer
Information Security Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Securities Consultant Security Officer
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Business Analyst Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Senior Consultant
Risk Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Officer Information Systems Security Officer Systems Administrator
Senior Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Information Security Engineer Information Systems Security Officer Information Assurance Engineer
Senior Information Assurance Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Engineer Senior Security Engineer
Senior Security Analyst
8 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Security Engineer
Senior Security Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Assurance Manager 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Top Employers After
Analyst 4.1%
Engineer 3.6%
Consultant 2.6%

Information Assurance Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

70.1%

Female

28.2%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

80.7%

Asian

8.9%

Hispanic or Latino

7.4%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Tamil

16.7%

Hindi

16.7%

Telugu

16.7%

Italian

16.7%
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Information Assurance Analyst Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

19.1%

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Strayer University

9.3%

George Mason University

7.7%

Community College of the Air Force

6.6%

Webster University

4.9%

Capella University

4.4%

Western Governors University

3.8%

Park University

3.8%

American InterContinental University

3.8%

Capital College

3.3%

Colorado Technical University

3.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.3%

ECPI University

2.7%

George Washington University

2.7%

Morgan State University

2.2%

Excelsior College

2.2%

Saint Leo University

2.2%

Norwich University

1.6%

Capitol Technology University

1.6%
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Majors

Information Technology

16.5%

Computer Information Systems

14.1%

Business

14.1%

Computer Systems Security

8.9%

Computer Science

7.6%

Criminal Justice

6.0%

Computer Networking

5.5%

Information Systems

5.5%

Management

4.2%

Management Information Systems

3.7%

Finance

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

Information Sciences

1.6%

Computer Engineering

1.6%

Systems Engineering

1.0%

Project Management

1.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.0%

Human Resources Management

1.0%

Accounting

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.0%

Masters

32.8%

Other

11.5%

Associate

9.8%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

0.9%

Doctorate

0.9%
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Real Information Assurance Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Information Assurance Analyst Next Jump, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 16, 2016 $125,000
Analyst-IT Quality Assurance Sanra Solutions Inc. Gold River, CA Oct 08, 2016 $90,106
Analyst 4, Information Technology Quality Assuranc T-Mobile USA, Inc. Frisco, TX Jul 29, 2011 $89,300 -
$99,000
Information Assurance Analyst II Apptio Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 11, 2016 $84,448
Information Assurance Analyst Apptio, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 15, 2014 $82,000
Analyst, IT Qa/Testing Performance Management ASC., Inc. Dublin, OH Oct 01, 2010 $80,205
Analyst IT Quality Assurance Geodis Logistics LLC Brentwood, TN Jul 11, 2016 $80,000
Analyst 5, IT Quality Assurance T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bothell, WA Apr 07, 2011 $74,235 -
$99,479
Analyst IT Quality Assurance Ozburn-Hessey Logistics Brentwood, TN Aug 10, 2015 $73,000
Analyst, Equity IT Compliance QA Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Feb 19, 2010 $70,000 -
$110,000
Analyst IT Quality Assurance Ozburn-Hessey Logistics Brentwood, TN Aug 10, 2015 $65,000
Analyst-It Quality Assurance Sanra Solutions, Inc. Rancho Cordova, CA Sep 01, 2014 $61,194
Analyst-Information Technology, Quality Assurance Transunion LLC Greenwood Village, CO Aug 26, 2015 $60,278 -
$70,000
Analyst-It Quality Assurance Sanra Solutions, Inc. San Antonio, TX Nov 30, 2015 $56,534
Analyst-It Quality Assurance Sanra Solutions, Inc. San Antonio, TX Mar 18, 2015 $55,890
Analyst, Quality Assurance IT America West Airlines, LLC DBA Us Airways Tempe, AZ Nov 11, 2009 $54,985 -
$87,976
Analyst-Quality Assurance-It Us Airways, Inc. Tempe, AZ Oct 01, 2011 $47,347 -
$75,756
Analyst-Quality Assurance-It Us Airways, Inc. Tempe, AZ Sep 05, 2012 $47,347 -
$75,756
Analyst-Quality Assurance-It Us Airways, Inc. Tempe, AZ Feb 28, 2011 $47,347 -
$75,756

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Top Skills for An Information Assurance Analyst

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Top Information Assurance Analyst Skills

  1. DOD
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Assurance Vulnerability
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide testing support for the certification of DoD Marine Corp systems in an Agile environment.
  • Maintain network security and ensure compliance with security policies and procedures.
  • Conducted frequent vulnerability scans on production and DMZ networks to ensure compliancy with Information Assurance Vulnerability Alerts.
  • Certified in Assured Compliance Assessment Solutions (ACAS) and assist Vulnerability team in the planning of this architecture deployment.
  • Perform incident handling procedures upon discovery of potential malicious activity.

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