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Working As A Physical 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

  • $107,610

    Average Salary

What Does A Physical 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 Physical 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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Physical Security Specialist Career Paths

Physical Security Specialist
Facility Security Officer Information Systems Security Manager
Assurance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Deputy Program Manager
Branch Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Intelligence Analyst Operations Officer
Chief Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Access Control Specialist Personnel Security Specialist Security Specialist
Chief Of Security
9 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Project Manager Operations Director
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Security Director Operations Director Chief Information Officer
Chief Security Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Access Control Specialist Systems Administrator Information Security Analyst
Cyber Security Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Account Manager Program Manager
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Chief Operating Officer Deputy Commander
Division Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Force Protection Officer Security Specialist Information Security Analyst
Information Systems Security Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Security Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Operation Supervisor
Operations Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Patrol Officer Police Officer
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Security Director Loss Prevention Officer Security Supervisor
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Force Protection Officer Security Manager Securities Consultant
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Facility Security Officer Securities Analyst Information Security Analyst
Senior Information Assurance Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Intelligence Analyst Security Specialist Securities Analyst
Senior Security Analyst
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Consultant Information Security Analyst
Senior Security Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
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Physical Security Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

82.0%

Female

16.4%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

81.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.7%

Portuguese

8.3%

Hawaiian

8.3%

Ukrainian

8.3%

Japanese

8.3%

Persian

8.3%

Russian

8.3%

Italian

8.3%
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Physical Security Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.2%

American University

10.3%

Webster University

7.7%

Park University

7.7%

University of Maryland - University College

6.0%

Community College of the Air Force

6.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

6.0%

Central Texas College

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.4%

Arkansas Tech University

3.4%

Bellevue University

3.4%

American Public University System

3.4%

ECPI University

2.6%

Strayer University

2.6%

Colorado Technical University

2.6%

Prince George's Community College

2.6%

Ashford University

2.6%

Saint Leo University

2.6%

George Mason University

2.6%
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Majors

Criminal Justice

32.8%

Business

18.3%

Homeland Security

6.8%

Management

4.8%

Law Enforcement

4.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.2%

General Studies

2.9%

Public Administration

2.9%

Education

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Criminology

2.3%

Information Technology

2.3%

Intelligence Operations

1.9%

Electrical Engineering

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Physics

1.6%

Computer Science

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.1%

Other

28.1%

Masters

19.3%

Associate

11.8%

Certificate

6.1%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.7%
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Top Skills for A Physical Security Specialist

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Top Physical Security Specialist Skills

  1. Security Personnel
  2. Security Procedures
  3. Access Control Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led the integration of military and civilian security personnel overseeing security for 6000 military and civilian personnel.
  • Serve's as contract officer's technical representative for contracted security services and educate employees on internal security procedures.
  • Oversee the alarm systems and access control systems (system admin).
  • Conducted crime awareness / prevention presentations for personnel located in federal facilities.
  • Maintain a Physical Security Program to protect Lockheed Martin and Government information.

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