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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|SAP Security Administrator||Geller & Company||New York, NY||May 16, 2016||$160,000|
|SAP Security Analyst||Populus Group LLC||San Diego, CA||Oct 31, 2016||$156,525|
|SAP Security Consultant||Judge Technical Services, Inc.||Philadelphia, PA||Sep 05, 2016||$146,090|
|Senior SAP Security Administrator||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||Mar 14, 2016||$143,000|
|SAP Security Consultant||Judge Technical Services, Inc.||West Conshohocken, PA||Sep 23, 2015||$140,000|
|SAP Security Consultant||IBM Corporation||Coppell, TX||Oct 27, 2015||$135,000|
|SAP Administrator||Randstad Technologies, LP||Woburn, MA||Jun 10, 2016||$135,000|
|SAP Administrator (Basis)||Randstad Technologies, LP||Tallahassee, FL||Oct 19, 2015||$135,000|
|Manager-SAP Security||Coty Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 18, 2015||$133,723|
|SAP Security Analyst||Populus Group, LLC||East Peoria, IL||Nov 02, 2016||$133,568|
|SAP Security Analyst||Populus Group||East Peoria, IL||May 19, 2015||$133,568|
|SAP Security Consultant||Intone Networks Inc.||Melville, NY||May 19, 2016||$130,000|
|SAP Security Analyst||Convatec Inc.||Bridgewater, NJ||Sep 28, 2016||$125,000|
|SAP Security Administrator||General Motors Company||Detroit, MI||Mar 15, 2016||$124,896|
|Senior SAP Security Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||New York, NY||Aug 26, 2016||$98,771|
|SAP Security Administrator||Weill Cornell Medical College||New York, NY||Mar 10, 2016||$98,738 -
|SAP Security Analyst||Amerisourcebergen Corporation||Chesterbrook, PA||Aug 13, 2015||$98,700 -
|SAP Security Administrator||KLC Consulting, Inc.||Tallahassee, FL||May 04, 2015||$98,700|
|SAP Security Analyst Lead||Cintas Corporation||Mason, OH||Aug 10, 2015||$96,554|
|SAP Basis and Security Administrator||Adroix Corp (DBA) Codeforce 360||Alpharetta, GA||Apr 13, 2016||$96,000|
|SAP Security & GRC Administrator||Ample It Services LLC||Oklahoma City, OK||Jan 22, 2015||$96,000|
|SAP Security/Grc Analyst||Iconsoft Inc.||Cleveland, OH||Aug 11, 2016||$96,000|
|SAP Security Consultant||Softhq||Houston, TX||Jul 02, 2015||$82,000|
|SAP Security and GRC Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Piscataway, NJ||May 05, 2015||$80,895|
|SAP Security and GRC Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Torrance, CA||Jul 01, 2015||$80,790|
|SAP Security & Intelligence Analyst||Tekivy Inc.||Herndon, VA||Sep 15, 2016||$80,000|
|Programmer Analyst/Sap Security Analyst||Info Keys Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Apr 25, 2016||$80,000|
|SAP Security Administrator||Ample It Services LLC||Reading, PA||Jul 10, 2016||$80,000|
|SAP Security GRC Analyst||Harpro Tech Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$80,000|
|SAP Security Analyst||Compware Technologies, Inc.||Marysville, OH||Apr 22, 2015||$80,000|
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