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Working As An Information Security Officer

  • 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

  • $110,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Security Officer 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 Officer

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 Officer Career Paths

Information Security Officer
Vice President
Compliance Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Managing Director Senior Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Vice President Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Director Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Director Service Director Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Director Development Director Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Service Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Operations Director Director, Network Operations
Director Of Network Services
10 Yearsyrs
Security Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Security Operations Manager
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Information Systems Manager Information Manager
Director Of Information
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Architect 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Information Security Officer
Manager 4.7%
Consultant 4.1%
Director 4.1%
Top Careers After Information Security Officer
Consultant 4.1%

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Information Security Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.8%

Female

13.7%

Unknown

7.5%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.4%

French

15.8%

Portuguese

5.3%

Chinese

5.3%

German

5.3%

Japanese

5.3%

Hindi

5.3%

Mandarin

5.3%

Arabic

5.3%
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Information Security Officer Education

Schools

Georgia College and State University

20.0%

University of Phoenix

16.3%

Webster University

7.7%

Capella University

5.5%

Strayer University

5.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.9%

Norwich University

4.3%

Capital College

4.3%

George Washington University

3.4%

Western Governors University

3.4%

Community College of the Air Force

3.1%

American University

3.1%

University of Utah

2.8%

National University

2.5%

Bellevue University

2.5%

Northeastern University

2.5%

Pace University - New York

2.2%

West Virginia University

2.2%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

2.2%

DePaul University

2.2%
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Majors

Business

19.7%

Information Technology

15.2%

Computer Science

9.9%

Computer Information Systems

9.6%

Computer Systems Security

8.6%

Criminal Justice

5.4%

Management

4.0%

Information Systems

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.7%

Finance

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%

Project Management

1.3%

Political Science

1.3%

Law

1.2%

Health Care Administration

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

39.2%

Bachelors

34.8%

Other

12.9%

Associate

6.1%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

3.1%

Diploma

0.7%
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Average Yearly Salary
$110,000
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$77,000
Min 10%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$156,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Pleasanton, CA
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does an Information Security Officer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Security Officer in the United States is $110,423 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $77,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $156,000.

Real Information Security Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Information Security Officer Zenpayroll, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 28, 2016 $225,000
Chief Information Security Officer VYSK Communications, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 25, 2016 $200,000
Chief Information Security Officer VYSK Communications, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 28, 2015 $200,000
Vice President, Global Information Security Officer Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC Newport Beach, CA Jan 04, 2016 $180,000
Vice President, Information Security Officer Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC Newport Beach, CA Jul 14, 2014 $170,000
Information Security Officer Sutter Health Modesto, CA Sep 26, 2016 $158,693
Chief Information Security Officer Bridgewater Associates, LP Westport, CT Oct 01, 2011 $151,174 -
$550,000
Information Security Officer (SR. Security Analyst) Five9, Inc. San Ramon, CA Nov 04, 2015 $135,001 -
$137,700
Information Security Officer (SR. Security Analyst Five9, Inc. San Ramon, CA Oct 02, 2014 $135,001
Senior Information Security Officer Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 05, 2015 $124,654 -
$134,971
Technical Information Security Officer Paragon Solutions, Inc. Islandia, NY Oct 01, 2013 $110,000
Chief Information Security Officer Envy Hawaii LLC Urban Honolulu, HI Sep 22, 2016 $100,000
Information Security Officer Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Ltd. Edinburg, TX Jan 11, 2016 $100,000
Technology Information Security Officer Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. (USA) Blue Ash, OH Sep 01, 2011 $99,383
Information Security Officer CDM Secure Inc. Long Beach, CA Apr 20, 2015 $97,094 -
$110,000
Information Security Officer Fiserv Automotive Solutions, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Sep 29, 2013 $94,164 -
$141,247
Information Security Officer University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR Apr 01, 2015 $90,000
Information Security Officer Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Edinburg, TX Apr 15, 2014 $80,000
Information Security Officer Berklee College of Music Boston, MA Oct 01, 2015 $76,190 -
$93,621
Information Security Officer Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX Apr 18, 2011 $76,086
Assistant Information Security Officer University of Colorado Denver, CO Aug 10, 2015 $68,793
Asst Information Security Officer University of Colorado Denver, CO Aug 10, 2015 $68,793
Assistant Information Security Officer University of Colorado Denver, CO Oct 08, 2015 $68,793

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Top Skills for An Information Security Officer

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Risk Management
  3. Information Technology
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  • Analyzed current resources and recommended strategies to overcome threats and ensure compliance to state/federal regulations in conjunction with the Technology Team.
  • Provided information risk management services including policy reviews, procedure development, access control, asset classification and compliance reviews.
  • Managed information technology operations and management services including delivery of communications, programming and computing services.
  • Developed and managed company's security program to include the development of security policies and procedures.
  • Safeguarded assets by planning and implementing disaster recovery and back-up procedures and information security and control structures.

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  3. District of Columbia
  4. Virginia
  5. New York
  6. Maryland
  7. North Carolina
  8. Delaware
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