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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

  • $75,695

    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
Information Assurance Engineer Information Security Analyst Security Manager
Corporate Security Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Consultant Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Vice President Of Information Technology Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
11 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Information Technology Security Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Manager, Information Assurance Program Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Engineer Senior Security Engineer Security Manager
Director, Corporate Security
11 Yearsyrs
Manager, Information Assurance Subject Matter Expert Information Technology Specialist
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Loss Prevention Officer Security Supervisor
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Information Systems Security Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

75.6%

Female

22.5%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

58.5%

Black or African American

15.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Asian

8.2%

Unknown

4.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.6%

Russian

11.1%

Hebrew

7.4%

French

7.4%

Carrier

7.4%

Korean

7.4%

Swahili

3.7%

Chinese

3.7%

Ukrainian

3.7%

German

3.7%

Romanian

3.7%

Japanese

3.7%

Greek

3.7%

Italian

3.7%
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Information Systems Security Officer Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

16.6%

University of Phoenix

15.1%

Strayer University

10.0%

Community College of the Air Force

9.1%

George Mason University

6.3%

Colorado Technical University

5.4%

Capella University

4.8%

Western Governors University

4.5%

American InterContinental University

3.3%

American University

3.0%

Capital College

3.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.0%

Webster University

2.4%

Bellevue University

2.1%

Anne Arundel Community College

2.1%

Excelsior College

1.8%

Johns Hopkins University

1.8%

George Washington University

1.8%

Old Dominion University

1.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

1.8%
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Majors

Information Technology

14.0%

Business

13.9%

Computer Information Systems

13.6%

Computer Systems Security

12.3%

Computer Science

8.9%

Criminal Justice

6.9%

Information Systems

5.9%

Computer Networking

4.8%

Management Information Systems

3.3%

Management

3.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Finance

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Human Resources Management

1.4%

Project Management

1.2%

Computer Engineering

1.2%

Political Science

1.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.1%

Industrial Technology

1.0%

Education

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.5%

Masters

31.6%

Other

15.0%

Associate

8.7%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

1.0%
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Top Skills for An Information Systems Security Officer

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  1. Network Security
  2. Procedures
  3. Vulnerability Assessments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted vulnerability analysis, developed network security solutions and reviewed/approved all systems charts and programs prior to their implementation.
  • Develop and maintains installation/configuration procedures.
  • 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.
  • Ensured that all ISSO critical elements were in-line with the requirements mandated by NavajoArea Office and the Office of Information Technology.

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