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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Flow Assurance Engineer, Solids||Shell International Exploration & Production Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 21, 2012||$160,700|
|Flow Assurance Engineer||Shell Global Solutions (Us) Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 01, 2012||$148,300|
|Flow Assurance Engineer||G.A.S. Unlimited, Inc.||Houston, TX||Dec 14, 2015||$147,680|
|Flow Assurance Engineer||Exxonmobil Development Company||Houston, TX||Sep 13, 2013||$144,000 -
|Flow Assurance Engineer||BP America Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 12, 2015||$142,400|
|Flow Assurance Engineer||Multiphase Solutions Kenny, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jan 24, 2011||$137,250|
|Information Assurance Engineer Staff||Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc.||Baltimore, MD||May 19, 2016||$136,560|
|Information Assurance Engineer SR. Staff||Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc.||Baltimore, MD||May 19, 2016||$136,560|
|Flow Assurance Engineer||Shell International Exploration & Production Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 01, 2012||$135,000|
|Flow Assurance Engineer||Shell International Exploration & Production Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 08, 2012||$132,300|
|Flow Assurance Engineer||Shell Global Solutions (Us) Inc.||Houston, TX||Dec 16, 2009||$126,600|
|Flow Assurance Engineer||BP America Inc.||Houston, TX||Jan 01, 2013||$125,400|
|Reseach Engineer Flow Assurance||Shell International Exploration and Production Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 01, 2015||$125,000 -
|Flow Assurance Multiphase Flow Engineer||BP America Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 01, 2014||$124,238 -
|Flow Assurance Engineer||Schlumberger Technology Corporation||Houston, TX||Nov 15, 2011||$120,000|
|Flow Assurance Engineer||Shell Global Solutions (Us) Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 01, 2016||$113,000|
|Flow Assurance Engineer||Shell Global Solutions (Us) Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 23, 2015||$113,000|
|IT Compliance Software Security Assurance Engineer||AIG Employee Services, Inc.||Houston, TX||Dec 04, 2016||$109,325|
|Qualitiy Assurance Engineer||Trulia Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 20, 2011||$105,955 -
|IT Compliance Software Security Assurance Engineer||AIG Enterprise Services, LLC||Houston, TX||Apr 14, 2014||$95,000|
|Flow Assurance Engineer||Knowledge Reservoir LLC||Houston, TX||Aug 31, 2010||$95,000|
|Qualty Assurance Engineer||Whitehat Security Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 10, 2013||$95,000|
|Flow Assurance Engineer II||Pegasus International, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jan 31, 2012||$90,000 -
|Flow Assurance Engineer II||Pegasus International, Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 06, 2011||$90,000 -
|Flow Assurance Engineer II||Pegasus International, Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 16, 2011||$90,000 -
|Qualify Assurance Engineer||Valuemomentum, Inc.||South Plainfield, NJ||Apr 06, 2010||$89,449|
|Flow Assurance Engineer||Pegasus International, Inc.||Houston, TX||Feb 06, 2012||$86,653|
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