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Working As A Network Security Consultant

  • 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

  • $100,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Security Consultant 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 Consultant

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 Consultant Career Paths

Network Security Consultant
Network Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Network Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Security & Network Engineer Senior Security Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Security & Network Engineer Lead Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Security & Network Engineer Lead Network Engineer Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Vice President Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Consultant Security Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Consultant Information Security Manager Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Consultant Security Manager Security Operations Manager
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Solutions Architect Network Manager
Director Of Network Services
10 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Infrastructure Architect Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Security Engineer 2.2 years
Firewall Engineer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Network Security Consultant
Consultant 4.9%
Top Careers After Network Security Consultant
Consultant 6.6%
Engineer 4.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$100,000
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$69,000
Min 10%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$144,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Populus Group
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Network Security Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Network Security Consultant in the United States is $100,313 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $69,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $144,000.

Real Network Security Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Security Infrastructure Consultant Infinity Consulting Solutions New York, NY Oct 23, 2015 $229,570
Network Security Consultant Populus Group LLC New York, NY Jul 04, 2016 $187,830
Network Security Consultant Populus Group LLC New York, NY Jan 03, 2016 $173,221
Senior Network Security Consultant Akibia, Inc. Westborough, MA Jan 17, 2011 $105,000
Senior Network Security Consultant E-Business International Inc. Brooklyn Park, MN Jul 18, 2014 $100,000
SR. Network Security Consultant E-Business International Inc. Plymouth, MN Dec 22, 2011 $95,000
Senior Network Security Consultant E-Business International Inc. Apex, NC Feb 09, 2016 $91,000
Senior Network Security Consultant E-Business International Inc. Minneapolis, MN Jul 07, 2016 $91,000
Senior Network Security Consultant E-Business International Inc. Plymouth, MN Sep 27, 2016 $91,000
Senior Network Security Consultant E-Business International Inc. Plymouth, MN Apr 16, 2015 $90,000
Senior Network Security Consultant E-Business International Inc. Plymouth, MN Mar 19, 2015 $90,000
Senior Network Security Consultant E-Business International Inc. Plymouth, MN Sep 16, 2016 $90,000
Network Security Consultant Facile Soft Solutions, Inc. Bloomington, IL Apr 11, 2015 $85,000
Seniornetwork Security Consultant Facile Soft Solutions, Inc. Bloomington, IL Apr 08, 2015 $85,000
Senior Network Security Consultant Slashsupport, Inc. Draper, UT Sep 18, 2014 $84,968
Network and Security Infrastructure Consultant Project Leadership Associates, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 25, 2013 $82,000 -
$92,000
Network Security Consultant Facile Soft Solutions, Inc. Warren, NJ Mar 31, 2013 $80,000
Network Security Consultant Facile Soft Solutions, Inc. Warren, NJ Apr 01, 2013 $80,000
Network Security Consultant Facile Soft Solutions, Inc. Warren, NJ Sep 12, 2015 $80,000
Senior Network Security Consultant E-Business International Inc. Hopkins, MN Jan 24, 2014 $80,000
Consultant-Network & Security Microland Limited Cincinnati, OH Sep 02, 2015 $76,500
Network Security Consultant Saicon Consultants, Inc. Detroit, MI Dec 31, 2012 $72,800
Consultant-Network and Security Microland Limited Alpharetta, GA Aug 22, 2016 $70,000
SR. Network Security Consultant Facile Soft Solutions Inc. Monroe, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $70,000
SR. Network Security Consultant Facile Soft Solutions, Inc. Monroe, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $70,000
Consultant-Network & Security Microland Limited Alpharetta, GA Nov 29, 2016 $69,100
Consultant-Network and Security Microland Limited Alpharetta, GA Nov 08, 2016 $69,082

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Top Skills for A Network Security Consultant

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Network Devices
  3. Checkpoint
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Protected network infrastructures from unauthorized access by deploying endpoint security software to enterprise customers with work group based permissions and functionality.
  • Integrate new network devices with Beacon and validate the current status of the devices on the network.
  • Designed and conducted customized Checkpoint and Cisco training classes for system administrators and engineers.
  • Provided full service security and project management services ranging from PCI/HIPPA regulatory compliance to penetration testing and vulnerability assessments
  • Assisted clients in the design, documentation and implementation of security policies and procedures specifically suited for their environment.

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  4. District of Columbia
  5. Maryland
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Network Security Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

81.0%

Unknown

9.5%

Female

9.5%
Ethnicity

White

55.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Asian

13.7%

Black or African American

11.2%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.0%

German

20.0%

Dutch

10.0%

Japanese

10.0%

Hebrew

10.0%

Russian

10.0%

Arabic

10.0%
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Network Security Consultant Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

9.8%

University of Phoenix

9.8%

Colorado Technical University

8.2%

Northeastern University

6.6%

Columbia College

4.9%

Southern Methodist University

4.9%

Harvard University

4.9%

Wayne State University

4.9%

Kaplan University

4.9%

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

4.9%

Capella University

4.9%

George Mason University

4.9%

Western Governors University

3.3%

Stanford University

3.3%

Texas State University

3.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.3%

Community College of the Air Force

3.3%

New York University

3.3%

National University

3.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.3%

Information Technology

11.9%

Electrical Engineering

9.6%

Business

8.7%

Computer Engineering

6.9%

Computer Information Systems

6.9%

Computer Systems Security

6.4%

Computer Networking

5.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.7%

Engineering

2.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Information Systems

2.3%

Management

1.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

Finance

1.8%

Computer Applications

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Systems Engineering

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.5%

Masters

26.7%

Other

17.5%

Associate

7.0%

Doctorate

2.5%

Certificate

1.8%

Diploma

1.1%
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