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Working As A Network Security Architect

  • 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

  • $109,319

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Security Architect 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 Architect

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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Average Length of Employment
Network Architect 2.9 years
Security Architect 2.3 years
Security Engineer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Network Security Architect
Consultant 3.6%
Top Careers After Network Security Architect
Consultant 8.2%

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Network Security Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

90.1%

Female

5.9%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

52.8%

Asian

17.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

11.7%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

20.0%

Cantonese

20.0%

Carrier

20.0%

French

20.0%

Spanish

20.0%
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Network Security Architect Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

10.0%

More Tech Institute

10.0%

Liberty University

6.7%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

Capella University

6.7%

Bishop State Community College

6.7%

Northeastern University

6.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.7%

Winthrop University

3.3%

New York University

3.3%

Kansas State University

3.3%

East Texas Baptist University

3.3%

Western Kentucky University

3.3%

Stonehill College

3.3%

Brigham Young University

3.3%

Bucks County Community College

3.3%

Norwich University

3.3%

Broward College

3.3%

Washington University in Saint Louis

3.3%

California Lutheran University

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

23.8%

Business

14.3%

Information Technology

7.9%

Computer Networking

6.3%

Electrical Engineering

6.3%

Project Management

4.8%

Information Systems

4.8%

Computer Engineering

4.8%

Computer Information Systems

3.2%

Marketing

3.2%

Computer Systems Security

3.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.2%

Criminal Justice

3.2%

Management

1.6%

Information Sciences

1.6%

Natural Resources Management

1.6%

Management Science

1.6%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Management Information Systems

1.6%
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Degrees

Masters

36.3%

Bachelors

31.3%

Other

20.0%

Associate

8.8%

Certificate

2.5%

Doctorate

1.3%
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Real Network Security Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Network Security Architect Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Mar 24, 2014 $142,664 -
$165,987
Senior Network Security Architect Yodlee, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jan 19, 2010 $120,000 -
$135,000
Network Security Architect Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Nov 11, 2016 $97,700
Network Security Architect On Point Technology Inc. Washington, DC Oct 01, 2010 $78,340
Network Security Architect Fortinet, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 28, 2013 $75,250

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Top Skills for A Network Security Architect

  1. Network Security
  2. Firewall
  3. Infrastructure
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  • Network Security Architect/Virtual CIO Responsible for all Network Security, Weekly/Monthly reports on Security status, yearly risk assessments.
  • Solved firewall state table synchronization problem with asymmetric routing created by multiple gateways.
  • Reviewed assessments conducted on various networks to make recommendations for improvement on weaknesses in their security infrastructure.
  • Configured gateway-gateway VPN across T1 fractional lines.
  • Implemented a proactive monitoring system and procedures.

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