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Become An Information Assurance Engineer

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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

  • $90,120

    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 jobs

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Information Assurance Engineer Career Paths

Information Assurance Engineer
Senior Information Security Engineer Senior Security Engineer Information Assurance
Assurance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Securities Analyst Analyst Program Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Assurance Manager Information Systems Security Officer Information Security Officer
Chief Security Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Cyber Security Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Program Manager Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Manager Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Assurance Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Director Of Information Contractor/Consultant
Government Contractor
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Security Analyst
Information Security Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Manager Assurance Manager Information Systems Security Officer
Information Security Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Information Assurance Officer Information Systems Security Officer
Information Systems Security Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Assurance Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Security Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Cyber Security Engineer Senior Security Engineer
Security Architect
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Assurance Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Cyber Security Analyst Security Engineer Senior Analyst
Senior Program Analyst
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Engineer Senior Security Consultant
Senior Security Analyst
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Engineer Security Architect
Senior Security Architect
11 Yearsyrs
Securities Analyst Security Engineer Securities Consultant
Senior Security Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Information Security Analyst Security Engineer
Senior Security Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Manager Security Manager Field Service Technician
Site Leader
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Assurance Manager 3.2 years
Security Engineer 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 3.7%
Consultant 2.5%
Top Employers After
Engineer 3.1%

Information Assurance Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.9%

Female

23.5%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

78.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.0%

Asian

8.3%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.3%

Arabic

13.3%

German

6.7%

French

6.7%

Dari

6.7%

Carrier

6.7%

Cheyenne

6.7%
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Information Assurance Engineer Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

13.0%

Strayer University

12.1%

University of Phoenix

11.1%

George Mason University

6.8%

Webster University

6.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.8%

Colorado Technical University

4.8%

Capital College

4.8%

Western Governors University

4.3%

Capella University

4.3%

George Washington University

4.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.4%

Cochise College

2.9%

Norwich University

2.4%

University of West Florida

2.4%

Norfolk State University

2.4%

American InterContinental University

2.4%

Johns Hopkins University

2.4%

Park University

2.4%

Regis University

2.4%
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Majors

Information Technology

16.1%

Business

13.1%

Computer Information Systems

12.0%

Computer Systems Security

10.9%

Computer Science

8.3%

Criminal Justice

6.1%

Computer Networking

5.4%

Information Systems

4.6%

Management

3.3%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.4%

Systems Engineering

2.2%

Political Science

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Communication

1.3%

Chemical Engineering

1.3%

Engineering

1.3%

Project Management

1.1%

Psychology

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.9%

Masters

33.0%

Other

9.4%

Associate

8.9%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.3%
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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 Jan 01, 2013 $125,400
Flow Assurance Engineer BP America Inc. Houston, TX Dec 10, 2012 $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 01, 2016 $113,000
Flow Assurance Engineer Shell Global Solutions (Us) Inc. Houston, TX Nov 23, 2015 $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
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
Flow Assurance Engineer II Pegasus International, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 31, 2012 $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 Jan 31, 2012 $86,653
Flow Assurance Engineer Pegasus International, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 06, 2012 $86,653
Flow Assurance Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 05, 2015 $86,507
Flow Assurance Engineer McDermott, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 24, 2013 $84,989

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Top Skills for An Information Assurance Engineer

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Top Information Assurance Engineer Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Assurance Vulnerability Alerts
  3. DOD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinate with functional groups to provide guidance for operating procedures.
  • Assisted Lead Engineer in Information Assurance Vulnerability Alerts (IAVA) testing and deployment to upgrade system compliance.
  • Managed the DoD Information Assurance requirements for maintaining training records, security checks, accreditation records, and vulnerability assessments.
  • Establish, oversee and manage use of Information Systems and Networks that provide security and control of organization data.
  • Served as primary on the ACAS tool and analyzed scans to determine risk.

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