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Become A Personal Security Specialist

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Working As A Personal Security Specialist

  • 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

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Personal Security Specialist 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 Personal Security Specialist

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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Personal Security Specialist Career Paths

Personal Security Specialist
Team Leader Supervisor Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Supervisor Assistant Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Manager Sales Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Squad Leader Supervisor Assistant Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Squad Leader Manager Sales Manager
Regional Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Squad Leader Platoon Sergeant Operations Manager
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Shift Leader Store Manager
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shift Leader Store Manager Office Manager
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Shift Leader General Manager Vice President
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Sales Specialist Store Manager Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Sales Specialist Account Manager Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Sales Specialist Account Manager Owner
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Infantry Team Platoon Sergeant Operations Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Infantry Team Platoon Sergeant Security Manager
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Infantry Team Operations Manager Branch Manager
Relationship Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Consultant
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Assistant Store Manager Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Consultant Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Consultant Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Emergency Medical Technician Security Supervisor
Security Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Personal Security Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

49.3%

Female

38.7%

Unknown

11.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.9%

French

10.4%

Japanese

6.3%

Cantonese

4.2%

Mandarin

4.2%

Russian

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

Italian

4.2%

Portuguese

2.1%

Somali

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Ukrainian

2.1%

German

2.1%

Korean

2.1%

Afrikaans

2.1%
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Personal Security Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.1%

American University

8.0%

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

6.5%

Ashford University

6.5%

Valencia College

5.8%

The Academy

4.3%

Georgia State University

4.3%

University of Houston

4.3%

Liberty University

4.3%

American InterContinental University

4.3%

University of North Texas

3.6%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.6%

Central Texas College

3.6%

Kaplan University

3.6%

Fashion Institute of Technology

3.6%

University of New Mexico

3.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.9%

Belmont University

2.9%

Arizona State University

2.9%

Texas State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

23.0%

Criminal Justice

16.0%

Psychology

7.0%

Nursing

4.9%

Finance

4.1%

Health Care Administration

3.9%

Communication

3.7%

General Studies

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.6%

Management

3.2%

Political Science

3.2%

Graphic Design

3.2%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Marketing

2.9%

Homeland Security

2.9%

Computer Science

2.7%

Education

2.7%

English

2.4%

Biology

2.0%

History

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.0%

Other

29.2%

Associate

15.2%

Masters

7.5%

Certificate

4.9%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.6%
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Top Skills for A Personal Security Specialist

  1. Personnel Files
  2. Customer Service
  3. Personal Safety
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  • Handled company personnel files, also handled company postal service.
  • Demonstrated outstanding customer service to customers while selling company products and conducting transactions.
  • Served in the capacity of the Agent in Charge ensuring the personal safety and security of the principal.
  • Facilitate in-country training on current operations; tactics, techniques and procedures, ensuring all assignments have been allocated appropriately.
  • Process incoming inventory, merchandise sales floor, assemble floor sets and visual window displays utilizing directives.

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