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Become An Information Assurance

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Working As An Information Assurance

  • 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

  • $62,465

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Assurance Do At Nana Regional Corporation

* Provides technical leadership to the information vulnerability management process, including developing and managing the remediation (POA&M) program
* Partner with SW engineering and IAVM teams to ensure compliance with current/future security standards
* Work proactively with IT Infrastructure partners regarding system changes/updates to ensure information security standards are addressed early in a project’s life and incorporated into the resulting program
* Improve overall software security posture by identifying and implementing security best practices into Agile SW design development methodology
* Establish an iteratively improving enterprise security stance through policy, architecture and training processes.
* Supervise the design and execution of vulnerability assessments, penetration tests and security audits.
* Identify and draft mitigation guidance for vulnerabilities with no vendor- provided remediation
* Advises government on the evaluation and selection of security and risk management services products

What Does An Information Assurance Do At DXC Technology

* Design, develop, engineer, and implement solutions to meet DoD Information Assurance/cyber requirements.
* Perform complex risk analyses which also include risk assessment
* Establish and satisfy information assurance and security requirements based upon the analysis of user, policy, regulatory, and resource demands.
* Support customers at the highest levels in the development and implementation of doctrine and policies.
* Apply know-how to government and commercial common user systems, as well as to dedicated special purpose systems requiring specialized security features and procedures.
* Produce a System Security Plan and consolidated list of security certifications in accordance with DoD Risk Management Framework (RMF) processes and procedures to obtain a DoD Level 5 and Level 6

What Does An Information Assurance Do At Aecom

* Provide RMF Cyber Security support to the ISO and the ISSM.
* Provide Cybersecurity analysis, engineering, and certification and accreditation (C&A)/Assessment and Authorization (A&A) support in accordance with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Risk Management Framework (RMF), or Platform Information Technology (PIT) methodologies.
* Provides system design, installation, configuration change documentation, for integration of network systems and generation of Engineering Change Orders
* Review proposed network architectures including network, software, hardware, data flows and transfer, authentication, encryption, and physical access controls.
* Research systems, architectures, and identify device vulnerabilities.
* Conduct technical security test and evaluations of classified and unclassified networks and/or systems to determine compliance with appropriate information assurance (IA) or cyber security controls and risk mitigation strategy.
* Provides monitoring, and analysis of laptop, workstation, server and network logs.
* Assisting the team in the resolution of business or engineering problems through the design and implementation of software applications on automated systems.
* This job description is not intended to include every duty, task or instruction for which an employee is responsible.
* Other tasks may be assigned, based on business needs and the department supervisors request.
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What Does An Information Assurance Do At Digital Consultants

* Designs, develops, engineers, and implements solutions that meet security requirements
* Responsible for the integration and implementation of computer system security solutions
* Performs risk analyses of computer systems and applications during all phases of the system development life cycle
* Identifies test requirements and tools based upon system designs
* Develops and reviews security test plans and procedures.
* Establishes and satisfies system-wide information security requirements based on analysis of user, policy, regulatory, and resource demands.
* Supports the Government Information Assurance (IA) Managers in the development and implementation of IA doctrine and policies.
* Initiates and prepares Certification and Accreditation (C&A;) DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP) and Assessment and Authorization (A&A;) Risk Management Framework (RMF) packages; ensures existing C&A; and A&A; packages are maintained in a compliant status; verifies and validates C&A; and A&A; package requirements and configuration modifications are performed and tested.
* Reviews system engineering documentation, CONOPS, installation and configuration specifications to determine security requirements and to identify security concerns.
* Prepares briefing slides, status charts and support documentation as presentations for the client.
* Must have experience with using public key-based technologies for applications

What Does An Information Assurance Do At Leidos

* Support SA, VMSA, and NA Vulnerability Remediation Efforts by assisting in the gathering of remediation guidance from internal reporting, Vendors, US Cybercom, CERT, etc.
* Perform ACAS Scan and configuration support to ACE
* IT Government, VMSA, SA, and NA personnel to Support vulnerability remediation efforts
* Ensure that IAVA Metric Reporting Data is Filtered Correctly for ACE
* IT Managed Systems
* Capture high vulnerability density count systems and disposition for remediation
* Provide Team leadership and SME reach-back support to the VMSAG to ensure that 1% or less of ACE
* IT systems are highly vulnerable week over week
* Support SCCM Client Health Remediation activities
* Direct VMSA to drive lingering individual IAV compliance as well as STIG compliance to >=95%
* Other cybersecurity assignments as directed
* Perform DISA SCAP scans for STIG compliance verification
* Identify and report cyber threat surface and risk mitigation postures

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How To Become An Information Assurance

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.


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.


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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Real Information Assurance Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Information Assurance & Forensics Expert PSEG Services Corporation Newark, NJ Jan 10, 2016 $121,900
Smts-It Qual Assur (Lead System Specialist-Qual Assur) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 11, 2016 $120,260
Smts-IT Qual Assur Verizon Data Services LLC Cedar Rapids, IA Feb 17, 2013 $110,979
Information Assurance & Forensics Expert PSEG Services Corporation Newark, NJ Oct 01, 2013 $110,400
Information Assurance & Forensics Expert PSEG Services Corporation Newark, NJ Jun 15, 2012 $106,900
IT Risk & Assurance Senior Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Houston, TX Jul 18, 2011 $105,000
Smts-IT Qual Assur Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC Irving, TX Aug 20, 2012 $105,000
Director, Information Assurance & Technology Syste Research Foundation of Suny, Buffalo State College Buffalo, NY Sep 27, 2012 $100,558
MTS Cslt-It Qual Assur (Lead Systems Consultant) Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Nov 15, 2016 $100,240
MTS Specialist-It Qual Assur (Member Technical Staff) Verizon Data Services LLC Bedminster, NJ Jan 11, 2016 $93,969
IT Risk & Assurance Senior Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Chicago, IL Sep 26, 2011 $90,000
IT Risk and Assurance Senior Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Hopkinton, MA Feb 10, 2012 $82,500
IT Risk & Assurance Senior Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Francisco, CA May 12, 2011 $82,451 -
IT Risk & Assurance Senior Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Francisco, CA May 02, 2011 $82,451 -
IT Risk & Assurance Senior Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Chicago, IL Feb 25, 2016 $69,850 -
IT Risk & Assurance Senior Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Cleveland, OH Sep 01, 2013 $69,800
Assistant Professor of Information Assurance Dakota State University Madison, SD Mar 02, 2011 $69,544
IT Risk and Assurance Senior Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Jose, CA Aug 20, 2011 $69,181 -
IT Risk and Assurance Senior Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Jose, CA Aug 06, 2011 $69,181 -
IT Risk and Assurance-Senior Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Jose, CA Aug 01, 2011 $69,181 -
IT Risk & Assurance Senior Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Jose, CA Jul 11, 2011 $69,181 -
IT Risk and Assurance Staff Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2011 $59,950
FSO IT Risk & Assurance Staff Ernst & Young U.S. LLP McLean, VA Jan 24, 2011 $59,426 -
IT Risk & Assurance Senior Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Chicago, IL Aug 02, 2011 $59,197 -
IT Risk and Assurance Senior Ernst & Young LLP Chicago, IL Feb 12, 2011 $59,167 -
IT Risk and Assurance Staff Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Oak Creek, WI Feb 13, 2012 $58,800
IT Risk & Assurance Senior Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Detroit, MI Apr 18, 2011 $57,803 -
IT Risk and Assurance Senior Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Detroit, MI Aug 01, 2011 $57,803 -
IT Risk and Assurance Staff Ernst & Young U.S. LLP New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $57,782 -

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Top Skills for An Information Assurance


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Top Information Assurance Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Vulnerability Assessments
  3. DOD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared, distributed, and maintained plans, instructions, software licenses and Standard Operating Procedures concerning system security.
  • Manage and Perform Risk Management, Vulnerability Assessments and Business Impact Analysis.
  • Implemented and enforced Robins AFB, United States Air Force, and Department of Defense (DoD) computer security guidelines.
  • Planned, coordinated, and implemented defensive security measures for information systems and networks ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
  • Monitored and evaluated system compliance in accordance with DISA STIGS.

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