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Working As An Information Assurance Engineer

  • 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

  • $99,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Assurance Engineer 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 Engineer

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 Engineer Career Paths

Information Assurance Engineer
Senior Security Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Engineer Information Technology Manager Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Manager, Information Assurance Program Manager Executive Officer
Branch Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Manager, Information Assurance Program Manager Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Solutions Architect Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Systems Manager Technical Manager
Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Network Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Subject Matter Expert Security Manager
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Leader Project Management Lead
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Manager Security Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Team Manager Technical Support Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Office Manager Business Office Manager
Manager Of Business Services
8 Yearsyrs
Manager, Information Assurance Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Operations Manager Operations Project Manager
Deputy Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Security Analyst Information Security Manager Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Cyber Security Analyst Security Engineer Securities Consultant
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Engineer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Information Assurance Engineer
Engineer 3.3%
Consultant 2.8%
Top Careers After Information Assurance Engineer

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Information Assurance Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

69.5%

Female

21.8%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

57.0%

Black or African American

15.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.2%

French

11.8%

Carrier

11.8%

Arabic

11.8%

Chinese

5.9%

German

5.9%

Dari

5.9%

Cheyenne

5.9%
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Information Assurance Engineer Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

12.5%

Strayer University

11.9%

University of Phoenix

10.7%

Webster University

7.0%

Capital College

6.1%

George Mason University

6.1%

Capella University

5.5%

Community College of the Air Force

4.9%

Colorado Technical University

4.3%

Western Governors University

4.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.0%

George Washington University

3.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

2.8%

Johns Hopkins University

2.8%

Norwich University

2.1%

ECPI University

2.1%

American InterContinental University

2.1%

Norfolk State University

1.8%

Park University

1.8%
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Majors

Information Technology

14.8%

Computer Information Systems

12.8%

Business

12.3%

Computer Systems Security

10.2%

Computer Science

8.7%

Criminal Justice

5.9%

Information Systems

5.5%

Computer Networking

5.5%

Electrical Engineering

3.7%

Management Information Systems

3.0%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Systems Engineering

2.6%

Management

2.5%

Information Sciences

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Political Science

1.4%

Computer Programming

1.2%

Finance

1.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.9%

Masters

32.4%

Other

10.2%

Associate

9.2%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.8%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$70,000
Min 10%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
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$140,000
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Best Paying Company
Exxon Mobil
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does an Information Assurance Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Assurance Engineer in the United States is $99,829 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $71,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $140,000.

Real Information Assurance Engineer Salaries

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 -
$231,900
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
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 Dec 10, 2012 $125,400
Flow Assurance Engineer BP America Inc. Houston, TX Jan 01, 2013 $125,400
Flow Assurance Multiphase Flow Engineer BP America Inc. Houston, TX Aug 01, 2014 $124,238 -
$134,238
Flow Assurance Engineer Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Nov 15, 2011 $120,000
Flow Assurance Engineer Shell Global Solutions (Us) Inc. Houston, TX Nov 23, 2015 $113,000
Flow Assurance Engineer Shell Global Solutions (Us) Inc. Houston, TX Nov 01, 2016 $113,000
Devise Assurance Engineer IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Oct 01, 2015 $105,435 -
$146,275
Flow Assurance Engineer Cameron International Corporation Houston, TX Sep 27, 2013 $104,333
Flow Assurance Engineer Shell Global Solutions (Us) Inc. Houston, TX Sep 06, 2014 $103,000
MTS Specialist-It Qual Assur (Member Technical Staff) Verizon Data Services LLC Bedminster, NJ Nov 01, 2016 $93,969
MTS Specialist-It Qual Assur (Member Technical Staff) Verizon Data Services LLC Bedminster, NJ Jan 11, 2016 $93,969
Flow Assurance Engineer II Pegasus International, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 31, 2012 $90,000 -
$101,000
Flow Assurance Engineer II Pegasus International, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 16, 2011 $90,000 -
$101,000
Flow Assurance Engineer II Pegasus International, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 06, 2011 $90,000 -
$101,000
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
Flow Assurance Engineer Pegasus International, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 31, 2012 $86,653

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Top Skills for An Information Assurance Engineer

  1. Information Technology
  2. Vulnerability Assessments
  3. Ensure Compliance
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  • Facilitate the accreditation of DoD and Federal Information technology systems and utilize technical skills to assess and implement required system controls.
  • Run retina scans based on the latest patch updates to produce vulnerability assessments and remediation reports for system security analysis.
  • Create and review DIACAP documentation and system security certification activities to ensure compliance with security requirements.
  • Validated medium to large Contractor Systems and Applications documented policies and procedures to ensure implementation and follow through.
  • Managed the DoD Information Assurance requirements for maintaining training records, security checks, accreditation records, and vulnerability assessments.

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