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Working As An Information Security Director

  • 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

  • $113,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Security Director 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 Director

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
Security Architect 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Information Security Director
Manager 6.1%
Consultant 3.5%
Director 3.3%
Top Careers After Information Security Director
Consultant 4.6%
Director 3.2%
Principal 3.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$113,000
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$74,000
Min 10%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$172,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
eBay
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Minnesota
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does an Information Security Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Security Director in the United States is $113,937 per year or $55 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $74,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $173,000.

Real Information Security Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Information Security Director Canary Connect, Inc. New York, NY Mar 09, 2015 $175,000
Senior Information Security Director Canary Connect, Inc. New York, NY Sep 03, 2015 $175,000
Director, Information Security Architect Wyndham Worldwide Operations, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Apr 25, 2011 $167,000 -
$190,000
Information Security Director Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 24, 2015 $153,993
Director, Information Security Barnes & Noble.com New York, NY Feb 21, 2012 $150,000
Director, Information Security PMO Wyndham Worldwide Operations, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Feb 25, 2013 $149,302 -
$201,500
Director, Global Information Security Praxair, Inc. Danbury, CT Jan 26, 2012 $147,688
Director of Information Security Addepar, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 08, 2012 $142,000
Information Security Director Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 24, 2012 $140,000
Information Security Director Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 15, 2010 $140,000
Information Security Director Salesforce.com, Inc. San Mateo, CA Dec 06, 2010 $140,000
Director of Information Security Lowe's Companies, Inc. Mooresville, NC Jan 05, 2010 $126,616
Director of Information Security Salvage Data Recovery, Inc. Chantilly, VA Aug 18, 2015 $126,360
Director, Information Security PMO Wyndham Worldwide Operations, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ May 23, 2011 $121,000 -
$201,500
Director, Information Security The Prudential Insurance Company of America Scottsdale, AZ Nov 11, 2011 $96,200

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Top Skills for An Information Security Director

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Information Security Program
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with principal investigators to ensure compliance of research field trials and the protection of sensitive patient data.
  • Initiated program to rebuild Enterprise IAM capability and new tool selection integrating SSO and automated provisioning into applications and infrastructure.
  • Head of Global Information Security function with focus on safeguarding corporate assets and modernizing the Information Security program and strategy.
  • Passed over 20 vulnerability assessments per year with zero known vulnerabilities.
  • Delivered information security policies meeting regulatory and industry requirements maintaining awareness of impact on end users.

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Top 10 Best States for Information Security Directors

  1. New Jersey
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Virginia
  4. District of Columbia
  5. New York
  6. Maryland
  7. North Carolina
  8. Delaware
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Information Security Director Demographics

Gender

Male

82.0%

Female

12.8%

Unknown

5.2%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Russian

50.0%

Chinese

50.0%

Information Security Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.7%

Naval Postgraduate School

9.2%

DePaul University

6.6%

Pace University - New York

6.6%

University of Maryland - University College

5.3%

Washington State University

3.9%

California Lutheran University

3.9%

Strayer University

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.9%

Capella University

3.9%

George Mason University

3.9%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.6%

Hawaii Pacific University

2.6%

Saint Mary's University

2.6%

United States Military Academy

2.6%

Western Governors University

2.6%

Northern Arizona University

2.6%

Miami Dade College

2.6%

Northcentral University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

19.0%

Computer Science

15.6%

Computer Information Systems

10.4%

Information Technology

7.8%

Computer Systems Security

7.1%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

Electrical Engineering

4.8%

Management Information Systems

4.1%

Finance

4.1%

Information Systems

3.3%

Management

3.0%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Law

2.2%

Accounting

1.9%

Project Management

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Marketing

1.5%

Mathematics And Computer Science

1.5%

Economics

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.9%

Masters

35.7%

Other

11.0%

Doctorate

5.3%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

0.6%
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