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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.
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Hispanic or Latino9.1%
Black or African American1.1%
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University of Phoenix16.0%
University of Maryland - University College12.4%
Community College of the Air Force8.3%
Western Governors University6.5%
Colorado Technical University4.7%
George Mason University4.7%
Central Texas College3.6%
Trident University International3.0%
George Washington University3.0%
Pennsylvania State University2.4%
Johns Hopkins University2.4%
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|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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