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Working As An Information Security Administrator

  • 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

  • $88,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Security Administrator 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 Security Administrator

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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Average Length of Employment
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Security Engineer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Information Security Administrator
Internship 4.4%
Technician 3.1%
Cashier 3.1%
Top Careers After Information Security Administrator
Manager 5.8%

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Information Security Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

57.6%

Female

35.1%

Unknown

7.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.0%

Japanese

15.0%

Chinese

10.0%

German

5.0%

French

5.0%

Mandarin

5.0%

Dakota

5.0%

Korean

5.0%

Italian

5.0%
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Information Security Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.4%

University of Maryland - University College

9.2%

Dakota State University

6.6%

Indiana Wesleyan University

6.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.3%

Capella University

5.3%

Miami Dade College

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

3.9%

University of Baltimore

3.9%

Villanova University

3.9%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.9%

Franklin Pierce University

3.9%

Ball State University

3.9%

Hillsborough Community College

3.9%

University of Alabama

2.6%

University of Oregon

2.6%

Western Governors University

2.6%

Temple University

2.6%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

2.6%
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Majors

Business

20.3%

Computer Science

10.3%

Computer Information Systems

10.0%

Information Technology

8.7%

Criminal Justice

6.8%

Computer Systems Security

6.4%

Information Systems

5.8%

Computer Networking

5.1%

Marketing

3.5%

Management Information Systems

2.9%

General Studies

2.3%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Management

2.3%

Elementary Education

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Political Science

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Computer Programming

1.6%

Pharmacy

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.8%

Other

20.4%

Masters

18.0%

Associate

11.2%

Certificate

5.3%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$61,000
Min 10%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$129,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Kronos
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does an Information Security Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Security Administrator in the United States is $88,962 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $129,000.

Real Information Security Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Information Security Administrator Populus Group, LLC Johnson City, TX Jul 06, 2014 $162,786
Information Security Administrator Populus Group Johnson City, TX Aug 29, 2013 $156,525
Information Security Administrator-Program Management Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 14, 2016 $145,000
Information Security Administrator Populus Group San Antonio, TX Jul 06, 2013 $131,898
Senior Information Security Assurance Administrator Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 05, 2016 $130,000
Senior Information Security Assurance Administrator Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA May 09, 2016 $130,000
Information Security Administrator Populus Group Dallas, TX Jul 16, 2012 $108,524
Information Administrator Wimplus Inc. West Covina, CA Jan 15, 2010 $83,647
Information Administrator Winplus Inc. West Covina, CA Mar 15, 2010 $83,647
Senior Associate, Information Security Administrator DFS Corporate Services LLC Riverwoods, IL Jan 16, 2016 $81,163
Information Administrator Samurai Infotech LLC Cumming, GA Sep 15, 2014 $80,000
Information Security Administrator Nrich Enterprise Solutions, LLC Roseville, CA Aug 29, 2016 $74,443
Information Security Administrator The Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. New York, NY Aug 31, 2014 $66,500 -
$77,000

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Top Skills for An Information Security Administrator

  1. Security Procedures
  2. Information Technology
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct network vulnerability assessments using tools to evaluate attack vectors, identify system vulnerabilities and develop remediation plans and security procedures.
  • Increased productivity of bank employees by managing information technology applications for high availability and reliable performance.
  • Assist in implementing Quality Control procedures and training manual to ensure compliance with internal and external auditor controls.
  • Created new security groups in Active Directory environment and applied appropriate security permissions.
  • Provide internal software issues in user's desktop on Windows XP and Windows 7 platforms.

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Top 10 Best States for Information Security Administrators

  1. Maryland
  2. Virginia
  3. New Jersey
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Connecticut
  7. Texas
  8. Massachusetts
  9. North Carolina
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