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Become An Information Assurance Officer

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Working As An Information Assurance Officer

  • 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 Officer 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 Officer

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 Officer Career Paths

Information Assurance Officer
Manager, Information Assurance Program Manager Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Manager, Information Assurance Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manager, Information Assurance Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Manager Security Manager
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Manager Security Manager Security Director
Chief Of Security
8 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Manager Security Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Information Security Manager Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Operations Director Director, Network Operations
Director Of Network Services
10 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Project Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Solutions Architect Network Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Program Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information
7 Yearsyrs
Cyber Security Engineer Senior Security Engineer Senior Security Consultant
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Cyber Security Engineer Senior Security Engineer Information Security Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Operations Manager Operations Project Manager
Deputy Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for An Information Assurance Officer

  1. Information Technology
  2. Security Procedures
  3. DOD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Utilized knowledge of information technology principles, methods, and security regulations and policies to administer Air Force information security program.
  • Maintained compliance with DOD Information security procedures and integrity for Sensitive Information Facility.
  • Implemented and enforced all DoD information system IA policies and procedures, as defined by its security certification and accreditation documentation.
  • Review and tacking of all ACAS scans.
  • Provided technical leadership for DISA compliant GoldDisk and SRR vulnerability assessment software across over thirty projects.

Information Assurance Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

73.0%

Female

19.7%

Unknown

7.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

13.9%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.5%

Swedish

9.1%

Ukrainian

9.1%

German

9.1%

Persian

9.1%

Carrier

9.1%
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Information Assurance Officer Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

15.5%

Community College of the Air Force

15.1%

University of Phoenix

14.3%

Grantham University

5.2%

Western Governors University

4.8%

Webster University

4.8%

Troy University

4.8%

Park University

4.8%

Strayer University

3.6%

Colorado Technical University

3.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.8%

Central Texas College

2.4%

Excelsior College

2.4%

Coastline Community College

2.4%

Trident University International

2.4%

American University

2.4%

Kaplan University

2.4%

Capella University

2.4%

Ashford University

2.4%

Capital College

2.0%
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Majors

Information Technology

17.7%

Computer Information Systems

15.6%

Computer Systems Security

11.4%

Business

9.8%

Computer Science

9.6%

Criminal Justice

5.3%

Management Information Systems

4.5%

Information Systems

4.5%

Management

3.5%

Computer Networking

3.3%

Finance

2.4%

Project Management

2.2%

Electrical Engineering

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%

General Studies

1.2%

Computer Engineering

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.0%

Systems Engineering

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.1%

Masters

28.0%

Associate

15.6%

Other

12.7%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.6%
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