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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

  • $73,082

    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 Engineer Senior Security Engineer Security Manager
Chief Of Security
8 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Security Officer
Chief Security Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Engineer Information Security Analyst Security Manager
Corporate Security Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Analyst Program Manager Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Operations Manager Operations Project Manager
Deputy Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager, Information Assurance Program Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
11 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Engineer Senior Security Engineer Security Manager
Director, Corporate Security
11 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Officer Information Systems Security Officer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Officer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Securities Consultant Security Officer
Security Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Security Engineer Security Engineer Security Specialist
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Officer Information Assurance Engineer
Senior Information Assurance Analyst
12 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Officer Information Assurance Engineer
Senior Information Assurance Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Top Employers After
Analyst 4.2%
Engineer 3.7%
Consultant 2.7%

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Information Assurance Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

71.2%

Female

27.1%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

57.9%

Black or African American

17.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign 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

18.9%

University of Phoenix

12.8%

Strayer University

9.2%

George Mason University

7.1%

Community College of the Air Force

6.1%

Webster University

5.1%

Western Governors University

4.1%

Capella University

4.1%

Capital College

3.6%

Park University

3.6%

Colorado Technical University

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.6%

ECPI University

2.6%

Excelsior College

2.6%

George Washington University

2.6%

Morgan State University

2.0%

Saint Leo University

2.0%

Norwich University

1.5%

Capitol Technology University

1.5%
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Majors

Information Technology

16.4%

Computer Information Systems

14.1%

Business

13.6%

Computer Systems Security

9.3%

Computer Science

8.3%

Computer Networking

5.8%

Criminal Justice

5.8%

Information Systems

5.0%

Management

4.0%

Management Information Systems

3.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Finance

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Information Sciences

1.5%

Computer Engineering

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Systems Engineering

1.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.0%

Human Resources Management

1.0%

English

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.4%

Masters

31.2%

Other

11.5%

Associate

9.9%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

0.8%

Doctorate

0.8%
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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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  1. Vulnerability Assessments
  2. Network Security
  3. DOD
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  • Conducted risk and vulnerability assessments on information systems to identify vulnerabilities, risks, and protection needs.
  • Provide expertise in the areas of vulnerability assessment, risk assessment, network security product evaluation, and security implementation.
  • Ensured that all DoD information system IA-related documentation, were current and accessible to properly authorized individuals and stakeholders.
  • Provide comprehensive reporting to all relevant parties regarding discovered assets, compliance deficiencies, vulnerabilities, and recommendations.
  • Used automated security scanning tools (ACAS) to identify potential vulnerabilities.

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