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Working As An Information Security Engineer

  • 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

  • $97,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Security Engineer 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 Engineer

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 Engineer Career Paths

Information Security Engineer
Security Engineer Securities Consultant Security Manager
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Securities Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Information Technology Security Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Architect Senior Project Manager
Lead Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Architect Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Architect Senior Systems Analyst
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Security Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Security Analyst Senior Security Engineer Information Technology Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Engineer Senior Security Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Security Analyst Senior Security Engineer Security Manager
Chief Of Security
8 Yearsyrs
Information Security Consultant Information Security Officer Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Consultant Securities Consultant
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Operations Director Director, Network Operations
Director Of Network Services
10 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Help Desk Manager
Incident Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Security Engineer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Information Security Engineer
Consultant 2.7%
Top Careers After Information Security Engineer
Consultant 3.2%

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Information Security Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.0%

Female

11.9%

Unknown

7.1%
Ethnicity

White

57.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

13.6%

Asian

10.6%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.6%

Chinese

11.8%

German

8.8%

French

5.9%

Hindi

5.9%

Russian

5.9%

Arabic

5.9%

Cheyenne

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Hakka

2.9%

Romanian

2.9%

Albanian

2.9%

Dutch

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Greek

2.9%

Polish

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Bengali

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Information Security Engineer Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

12.7%

University of Phoenix

12.2%

George Mason University

11.3%

Strayer University

7.2%

Colorado Technical University

5.9%

Capital College

5.4%

Webster University

5.0%

Western Governors University

4.5%

Capella University

4.5%

Norwich University

3.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.6%

Community College of the Air Force

3.2%

Texas A&M University

3.2%

Arizona State University

2.7%

Troy University

2.7%

Pennsylvania State University

2.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.7%

Park University

2.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.3%

Florida State University

2.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

14.2%

Information Technology

12.8%

Computer Information Systems

11.9%

Computer Systems Security

11.5%

Business

10.1%

Computer Networking

6.3%

Criminal Justice

6.0%

Information Systems

5.6%

Electrical Engineering

5.2%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.8%

Management

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

General Studies

1.0%

Project Management

1.0%

Engineering

1.0%

Computer Programming

0.8%

Liberal Arts

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.1%

Masters

29.5%

Other

14.3%

Associate

7.5%

Doctorate

2.7%

Certificate

1.8%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$72,000
Min 10%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
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$97,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$132,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Skechers USA
Highest Paying City
Palo Alto, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does an Information Security Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Security Engineer in the United States is $97,979 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $72,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $132,000.

Real Information Security Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Information Security Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 29, 2016 $198,000
IT Security Engineer Two Sigma Investments, LP New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $175,000
MTS 2, Information Security Engineer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 09, 2015 $165,000
MTS 2, Information Security Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 18, 2016 $160,000
MTS 2, Information Security Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 02, 2016 $160,000
MTS 2, Information Security Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 11, 2016 $160,000
MTS 1, Information Security Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 14, 2015 $160,000
Information Security Engineer Snapchat, Inc. CA Nov 18, 2016 $160,000
Staff Information Security Engineer Inovant, LLC Foster City, CA Jun 13, 2016 $157,000 -
$160,000
Information Security Engineer Meritel Group, LLC Auburn Hills, MI Jul 20, 2015 $156,525
Information Security Engineer Manager Neustar Sterling, VA May 10, 2016 $155,000 -
$160,000
MTS 1, Information Security Engineer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 06, 2016 $152,000
Information Security Engineer/IDS Analyst Trigyn Technologies, Inc. New York, NY Jan 12, 2015 $121,046
Information Security Engineer Zions Bank/ZMSC West Valley City, UT Oct 01, 2015 $120,673
Information Security Engineer Central Business Solutions LLC Newark, CA Feb 03, 2015 $120,349
Information Security Engineer Central Business Solutions LLC Newark, CA Feb 19, 2015 $120,349
Information Security Engineer 4 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Chandler, AZ Dec 19, 2016 $120,000
Information Security Engineer Western Union LLC Englewood, CO Apr 25, 2016 $120,000
MTS 1, Information Security Engineer Paypal, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ May 11, 2015 $120,000
Information Security Engineer Collective Health, Inc. San Mateo, CA Aug 16, 2016 $120,000
Information Security Engineer 2 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2015 $105,000
Information Security Engineer 2 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 06, 2015 $105,000
Information Security Engineer 2 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 27, 2015 $105,000
Information Security Engineer 2 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 15, 2015 $105,000
Information Security Engineer Heat Software USA Inc. Milpitas, CA Jan 08, 2016 $104,000 -
$114,000
VP; Specialist-Information Security Engineer Bank of America Phoenix, AZ Feb 02, 2016 $103,938

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Top Skills for An Information Security Engineer

  1. Information Technology
  2. Vulnerability Assessments
  3. Security Procedures
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  • Conducted technical assessments and evaluated Information Technology initiatives, specifically their impact on security management policies, procedures and standards.
  • Participated in Business Unit vulnerability assessments using the security Matrix developed and assisted in the penetration test activities using NESUS.
  • Review violations of computer security procedures and discuss procedures with violators to ensure violations are not repeated.
  • Accomplished significant security improvements related to SQL injections, Cross site scripting, anti-spamming, incorporating third party software with firewalls.
  • Conducted periodic reviews of SSAA, SeCONOPs and other security documentation to ensure compliance with the accreditation/certification support documentation package.

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