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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

  • $87,335

    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
Information Assurance Information Assurance Officer
Assurance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Director Of Information Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Network Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Information Technology Specialist Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Security Analyst Information Security Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Consultant Information Security Officer Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Information Security Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Senior Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Officer Senior Information Security Analyst
Information Security Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Cyber Security Analyst Information Assurance Analyst Information Security Analyst
Information Security Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Engineer Security Manager Information Technology Specialist
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Officer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Information Security Analyst Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Architect Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Security Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Engineer 2.3 years
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 2.9%

Information Security Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

82.0%

Female

15.6%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

77.7%

Asian

9.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.9%

Chinese

10.5%

German

7.9%

French

5.3%

Hindi

5.3%

Russian

5.3%

Arabic

5.3%

Italian

5.3%

Cheyenne

2.6%

Portuguese

2.6%

Hakka

2.6%

Albanian

2.6%

Dutch

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Greek

2.6%

Polish

2.6%

Mandarin

2.6%

Bengali

2.6%
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Information Security Engineer Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

16.5%

University of Phoenix

11.7%

Strayer University

10.5%

George Mason University

7.7%

Webster University

6.5%

Capella University

5.6%

Capital College

5.2%

Colorado Technical University

4.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.0%

Community College of the Air Force

3.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

Western Governors University

2.8%

American InterContinental University

2.8%

Norwich University

2.4%

Troy University

2.4%

American University

2.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.4%

University of Central Florida

2.4%

Morgan State University

2.0%

Florida State University

2.0%
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Majors

Computer Information Systems

13.5%

Computer Science

12.6%

Information Technology

12.4%

Business

11.2%

Computer Systems Security

10.6%

Computer Networking

6.9%

Criminal Justice

5.8%

Information Systems

5.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.4%

Computer Engineering

2.4%

Management Information Systems

2.2%

Communication

1.9%

Management

1.7%

General Studies

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Information Sciences

1.3%

Engineering

1.1%

Project Management

0.9%

Mathematics

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.2%

Masters

31.4%

Other

15.1%

Associate

7.4%

Certificate

2.6%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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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 19, 2015 $120,349
Information Security Engineer Central Business Solutions LLC Newark, CA Feb 03, 2015 $120,349
Information Security Engineer Western Union LLC Englewood, CO Apr 25, 2016 $120,000
Information Security Engineer-Specialist University of Chicago Medical Center Chicago, IL Feb 11, 2015 $120,000
Information Security Engineer Western Union, LLC San Francisco, CA Dec 05, 2016 $120,000
MTS 1, Information Security Engineer Paypal, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ May 11, 2015 $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

VulnerabilityAssessmentsComplianceFirewallProceduresInformationSecurityNetworkInfrastructureSecurityPoliciesAssuranceWindowsServerSecuritySystemsInformationSystemsDisaWebIncidentResponseSecurityAuditsNistDODNetworkSecuritySecurityToolsSecurityRequirements

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Top Information Security Engineer Skills

  1. Vulnerability Assessments
  2. Compliance
  3. Firewall
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform vulnerability assessments and identify countermeasures that need to be deployed.
  • Identified potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk and assists in remediation and testing of Key Controls.
  • Maintain, operate, support Cisco Firewalls, Cisco ACL's configurations, and administration.
  • Developed instruction manual for the deployment image installation procedures.
  • Collaborate with Information Security/Risk Officers to ensure team's Security Plans are accurate and up-to-date.

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