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Working As An Information Systems 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 Systems 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 Systems 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 Systems Security Officer Career Paths

Information Systems Security Officer
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Program Manager
Lead Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Vice President Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Director Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Network Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Solutions Architect Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Manager Security Manager
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Information Security Manager Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Engineer Information Systems Security Manager Security Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Security Engineer Security Engineer Securities Consultant
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Operations Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Subject Matter Expert Operations Officer
Division Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Network Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$110,000
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$85,000
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%
$142,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does an Information Systems Security Officer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Systems Security Officer in the United States is $110,783 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $85,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $143,000.

Top Skills for An Information Systems Security Officer

  1. Vulnerability Assessments
  2. Assurance
  3. Information System Security
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct Information Assurance Vulnerability Assessments of TNCC TROJAN Data Networks after installation of security mechanisms as required.
  • Coordinate, develop, and evaluate security programs for DHS/CBP and recommend information assurance/security solutions to support DHS/CBP requirements.
  • Facilitated hands on training for new System Administrators regarding Unit and FISMA information system security standards and requirements.
  • Managed a $1 million civilian contract; ISSO for 4 separate networks, 9K users, and 8K systems.
  • Work closely with system administrators, engineers, and management to accomplish security policy compliance in planning and operational phases.

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Top 10 Best States for Information Systems Security Officers

  1. New Jersey
  2. Rhode Island
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Maryland
  5. Connecticut
  6. New York
  7. Delaware
  8. Nevada
  9. Virginia
  10. Utah
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Information Systems Security Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

70.2%

Female

21.6%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Black or African American

16.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.4%

French

8.6%

Russian

8.6%

Hebrew

5.7%

Carrier

5.7%

Korean

5.7%

Swahili

2.9%

Swedish

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Vietnamese

2.9%

German

2.9%

Romanian

2.9%

Greek

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Norwegian

2.9%

Ukrainian

2.9%

Danish

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Information Systems Security Officer Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

16.9%

University of Phoenix

14.7%

Strayer University

10.7%

Community College of the Air Force

8.5%

George Mason University

5.4%

Colorado Technical University

5.4%

Western Governors University

5.2%

Capella University

5.0%

American University

3.2%

American InterContinental University

3.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.0%

Capital College

2.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.6%

Saint Leo University

2.4%

National University

2.0%

Excelsior College

2.0%

Johns Hopkins University

1.8%

Bellevue University

1.8%

Webster University

1.8%

James Madison University

1.6%
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Majors

Business

14.5%

Information Technology

13.6%

Computer Information Systems

13.6%

Computer Systems Security

12.1%

Computer Science

8.9%

Criminal Justice

6.8%

Information Systems

6.0%

Computer Networking

4.8%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Management

3.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Project Management

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Psychology

1.1%

Human Resources Management

1.1%

Computer Engineering

1.0%

Systems Engineering

0.9%

Political Science

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.2%

Masters

30.1%

Other

13.8%

Associate

9.0%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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