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Working As A Network Security Analyst

  • 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

  • $90,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Security Analyst 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 A Network Security Analyst

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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Network Security Analyst Career Paths

Network Security Analyst
Network Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Securities Analyst Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Securities Analyst Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Securities Analyst Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Securities Consultant Security Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Information Security Officer Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Network Manager
Director Of Network Services
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Network Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Analyst Information Systems Security Officer Information Security Officer
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Systems Manager Information Manager
Director Of Information
7 Yearsyrs
Securities Consultant Security Manager Security Operations Manager
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Security Engineer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Network Security Analyst
Consultant 2.5%
Internship 2.4%
Top Careers After Network Security Analyst
Consultant 3.3%

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Network Security Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

78.5%

Female

15.4%

Unknown

6.1%
Ethnicity

White

54.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

13.9%

Asian

11.2%

Unknown

5.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.3%

French

17.6%

German

11.8%

Portuguese

5.9%

Bulgarian

5.9%

Zulu

5.9%

Yoruba

5.9%

Cantonese

5.9%

Italian

5.9%
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Network Security Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.7%

University of Maryland - University College

16.5%

Strayer University

9.5%

George Mason University

7.0%

University of Texas at San Antonio

4.4%

University of Houston

3.8%

Capella University

3.8%

ECPI University

3.2%

Western Governors University

3.2%

Community College of the Air Force

3.2%

Colorado Technical University

3.2%

Bellevue University

3.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.2%

Excelsior College

3.2%

American InterContinental University

3.2%

Kennesaw State University

2.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.5%

George Washington University

2.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.5%

Eastern Michigan University

1.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

16.2%

Information Technology

12.1%

Computer Information Systems

12.1%

Computer Systems Security

8.1%

Computer Networking

7.7%

Business

7.5%

Criminal Justice

6.2%

Electrical Engineering

4.7%

Management Information Systems

4.7%

Information Systems

4.5%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Project Management

2.3%

Management

2.1%

Computer Technical Support

1.5%

Psychology

1.3%

Information Sciences

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.1%

Political Science

1.1%

Liberal Arts

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.4%

Masters

20.7%

Other

17.0%

Associate

10.6%

Certificate

2.5%

Diploma

0.5%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
$90,000
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$65,000
Min 10%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$124,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Bechtel
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Network Security Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Network Security Analyst in the United States is $90,650 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $65,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $124,000.

Real Network Security Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Security Analyst Populus Group LLC New York, NY Oct 05, 2015 $187,830
Friendly Network Forces Security Analyst Secureworks, Inc. Kansas City, MO Sep 13, 2014 $145,600
Network Security Analyst Covant Solutions Inc. Newark, DE Sep 05, 2016 $117,208
Network Security Analyst ICMA Retirement Corporation Washington, DC Sep 07, 2013 $115,000
Network Security Analyst II FIS Management Services LLC Phoenix, AZ Mar 05, 2016 $101,483
Network Security Analyst ICMA Retirement Corporation Washington, DC Sep 07, 2010 $100,000
Network Security Analyst V-Soft Consulting Group, Inc. La Vista, NE Nov 22, 2016 $95,000
Info Security Analysts, Web Developers & Computer Network Architect Western Asset Management Pasadena, CA May 18, 2012 $94,162 -
$99,162
Network Security Analyst Georgetown University Washington, DC Oct 01, 2011 $93,522
Network Security Analyst Georgetown University Washington, DC Mar 14, 2010 $91,688
Info Security Analyst, Web Dvlper, Computer Network Architect Subex Technologies Inc. Piscataway, NJ Sep 11, 2012 $86,000
Network Security Analyst Precision Global Consulting, Inc. Atlanta, GA Dec 01, 2013 $85,000
Network Security Analyst Fabergent, Inc. Mahwah, NJ Jul 23, 2012 $80,000
Network Security Analyst West Coast Consulting LLC Irvine, CA Sep 06, 2015 $80,000
Network Security Analyst Credent Technologies, LLC Addison, TX Nov 02, 2016 $74,900 -
$84,000
Network Security Analyst Everest Computers Inc. Watertown Town, MA Oct 01, 2015 $74,500
Network Security Senior Analyst Secureworks Inc. Providence, RI Sep 25, 2011 $71,166
Network Security Senior Analyst Dell Marketing LP Providence, RI Sep 25, 2011 $71,166
Information & Network Security Analyst Infosoft, Inc. Dallas, TX Jan 31, 2014 $70,637
Network Security Analyst NSC Global LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $65,000
Network Security Analyst Eng Infotech Corp. Irving, TX Oct 26, 2016 $65,000
Network Security Senior Analyst Secureworks, Inc. Providence, RI Sep 05, 2014 $65,000
Network Security SR. Analyst Secureworks, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 21, 2011 $65,000
Network Security Analyst Everest Computers Inc. Manchester, NH Sep 03, 2014 $64,775
Network Security SR. Analyst Secureworks, Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 24, 2013 $64,587

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Top Skills for A Network Security Analyst

  1. Firewall
  2. Network Printers
  3. Intrusion Detection
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  • Implement firewall deployment for critical services as well as configuring Security appliances to monitor network activity.
  • Develop and execute security policies, plans, and procedures implement data network security measures operate Network Intrusion Detection and Forensics.
  • Coordinated with various shipboard administrators and personally facilitated swift corrective action to fix assessment discrepancies noted during vulnerability assessments.
  • Developed Intrusion Incident Reports and verified content to ensure quality control processes fully enforced threats and computer data safety procedures.
  • Conduct network Vulnerability Assessments using tools to evaluate attack vectors, Identify System Vulnerabilities and develop remediation plans and Security Procedures.

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