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Working As An Information Security Analyst

  • 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

  • $94,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Security Analyst 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 Analyst

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 Security Analyst Career Paths

Information Security Analyst
Security Engineer Securities Consultant Security Manager
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Vice President
Compliance Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Vice President Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Securities Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Securities Consultant Security Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Officer Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Security Consultant Consultant Senior Accountant
Audit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Systems Manager Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Compliance Analyst Investigator Security Manager
Chief Of Security
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Help Desk Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Project Leader Project Management Lead
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information
7 Yearsyrs
Intelligence Analyst Security Supervisor Security Operations Manager
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Information Security Analyst
Consultant 3.8%
Analyst 3.5%
Top Careers After Information Security Analyst
Consultant 4.3%

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Information Security Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

65.8%

Female

26.1%

Unknown

8.1%
Ethnicity

White

58.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

13.5%

Asian

9.9%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.6%

French

7.0%

Portuguese

7.0%

Arabic

7.0%

Italian

4.4%

German

4.4%

Chinese

3.5%

Mandarin

2.6%

Russian

2.6%

Hindi

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Ukrainian

1.8%

Dari

1.8%

Carrier

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Swedish

0.9%

Telugu

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Somali

0.9%
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Information Security Analyst Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

15.9%

University of Phoenix

13.7%

Strayer University

9.3%

George Mason University

6.6%

Western Governors University

6.0%

Capella University

5.9%

Community College of the Air Force

5.4%

Colorado Technical University

4.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

Webster University

3.2%

American InterContinental University

3.1%

Bellevue University

3.0%

Drexel University

2.6%

George Washington University

2.5%

American University

2.4%

Saint Leo University

2.4%

Northeastern University

2.2%

University of Houston

2.1%

Capital College

2.1%
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Majors

Business

16.2%

Information Technology

13.6%

Computer Science

11.9%

Computer Information Systems

11.1%

Computer Systems Security

10.9%

Criminal Justice

6.5%

Information Systems

4.5%

Management Information Systems

3.9%

Computer Networking

3.9%

Management

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Computer Engineering

1.8%

Finance

1.8%

Project Management

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Communication

1.5%

Psychology

1.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.0%

General Studies

0.9%

Education

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Masters

25.5%

Other

14.0%

Associate

10.6%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$94,000
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$69,000
Min 10%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$128,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Nvidia
Highest Paying City
Foster City, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does an Information Security Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Security Analyst in the United States is $94,371 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $69,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $128,000.

Real Information Security Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Information Security Analysts Inovant LLC Ashburn, VA May 09, 2017 $140,000 -
$160,000
Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects Inovant LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 20, 2013 $120,000 -
$140,000
Information Security Specialist Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2013 $110,094 -
$120,300
Information Security Analyst Inovant LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 03, 2017 $94,372 -
$114,372
Information Security OPS Analyst Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 29, 2018 $94,158 -
$95,523
Information Security Specialist Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 08, 2011 $91,541 -
$110,000
Information Security Analyst Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 28, 2018 $91,146 -
$124,500
Information Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 08, 2016 $91,104 -
$112,000
Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA Dec 10, 2012 $90,168
Information Security Analyst) Viewsoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 28, 2014 $87,381
Information Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 30, 2011 $87,100 -
$96,350
Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 25, 2013 $79,186
Information Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 30, 2015 $78,300 -
$104,998
Information Security Analyst Delviom, LLC Ashburn, VA Dec 06, 2017 $75,000 -
$100,000

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Top Skills for An Information Security Analyst

  1. Information Technology
  2. Procedures
  3. Ensure Compliance
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  • Implemented end user security awareness training programs, testing the knowledge of security compliance in relation to areas of information technology.
  • Lead an F-35 Specialty Team tasked with developing and implementing procedures and documentation that promoted commonality across the corporate enterprise.
  • Designed security education and awareness programs, and carried out inspections to ensure compliance with government directives.
  • Conduct risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed information systems to identify vulnerabilities, risks, and protection needs.
  • Demonstrated expert knowledge of threat analysis risk management, configuration management, business continuity and contingency planning.

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