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Become A Securities Analyst

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Working As A Securities Analyst

  • 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

  • $75,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Securities Analyst 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 Securities Analyst

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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Securities Analyst Career Paths

Securities Analyst
Security Administrator Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Manager Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Intelligence Analyst Senior Analyst Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Network Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Network Security Engineer Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Analyst Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Engineer Information Security Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Security Analyst
Information Security Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Security Engineer Network Security Engineer
Information Security Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Intelligence Analyst Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Administrator Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Security Engineer Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Securities Consultant Security Officer Account Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Business Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Securities Consultant Sales Manager Branch Manager
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Information Security Officer Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Securities Analyst Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    67.6%
  • Female

    29.6%
  • Unknown

    2.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    76.0%
  • Asian

    10.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.4%
  • Unknown

    2.6%
  • Black or African American

    1.0%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    38.6%
  • French

    11.4%
  • Mandarin

    7.0%
  • Chinese

    6.1%
  • German

    6.1%
  • Arabic

    5.3%
  • Russian

    3.5%
  • Hindi

    3.5%
  • Greek

    2.6%
  • Italian

    2.6%
  • Japanese

    2.6%
  • Cantonese

    2.6%
  • Filipino

    1.8%
  • Swahili

    0.9%
  • Turkish

    0.9%
  • Cheyenne

    0.9%
  • Dutch

    0.9%
  • Korean

    0.9%
  • Yoruba

    0.9%
  • Armenian

    0.9%
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Real Securities Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Securities Analyst, OTC Variance Desk BGC Partners, Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2015 $286,000
Securities Analyst, NDF Latin America BGC Partners, Inc. Chicago, IL Jul 13, 2015 $270,000
Securities Analyst, NDF & Rate Derivatives, Latin America BGC Partners, Inc. New York, NY Oct 26, 2015 $270,000
Securities Analyst, OTC Variance Desk BGC Partners, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $202,000
Securities Analyst, F/X Liquidity Desk BGC Partners, Inc. New York, NY Feb 07, 2015 $200,000
Asian Frontier Markets Securities Analyst Anholt Services (USA) Inc. Westport, CT Jan 09, 2016 $200,000
Securities Analyst, BGC Remate Desk BGC Partners, Inc. New York, NY Jun 22, 2015 $200,000
Securities Analyst-Fixed Income Desk BGC Partners, Inc. New York, NY Nov 14, 2016 $185,000
Computer Security Analyst Gotham Digital Science LLC New York, NY Sep 18, 2015 $150,000
Security Analyst Box, Inc. Los Altos, CA Oct 15, 2015 $140,000
Securities Analyst International Value Advisers, LLC New York, NY Aug 05, 2015 $140,000
Security Analyst Box, Inc. Los Altos, CA Jun 29, 2015 $140,000
Analyst, Risk-Linked Securities Transatlantic Reinsurance Company New York, NY Jul 03, 2016 $135,000
Securities Analyst Citibank, N.A. Miami, FL Jan 09, 2016 $135,000
Security Analyst III The TJX Companies, Inc. Marlborough, MA Oct 25, 2016 $103,000
Security Analyst III The TJX Companies, Inc. Marlborough, MA Feb 16, 2015 $100,000
Security Analyst Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. OFallon, MO Sep 16, 2015 $100,000
Associate/Securities Analyst Tilden Park Capital Management LP New York, NY Mar 08, 2016 $100,000
Junior Application Security Analyst Electronic Arts, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 19, 2016 $100,000
Security Analyst III-Tivoli Identity Management The TJX Companies, Inc. Marlborough, MA Mar 23, 2015 $100,000
Analyst, Complex Securities Duff & Phelps, LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 30, 2016 $85,000 -
$110,000
Security Analyst K-Source Inc. Plano, TX Apr 21, 2015 $85,000
Security Analyst Techdemocracy LLC Edison, NJ Sep 16, 2015 $85,000
Security Analyst Technology Crest Corporation Sacramento, CA Dec 09, 2016 $83,480
Analyst, Government Securities Doubleline Group LP Los Angeles, CA Jan 04, 2016 $83,000 -
$100,000
Security Analyst Techdemocracy LLC Edison, NJ Jul 20, 2015 $82,118

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Top Skills for A Securities Analyst

ProceduresEnsureComplianceVulnerabilityAssessmentsFirewallSecurityPoliciesPersonnelInformationSecuritySecurityAuditsDatabaseWebInfrastructureWindowsActiveDirectoryIncidentResponseIntrusionDetectionNistNetworkSecuritySecuritySystemsAccessControlUnix

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Top Securities Analyst Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Vulnerability Assessments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Organized and analyzed recorded data using appropriate analysis procedures or criteria, to ensure appropriate data collection techniques are selected.
  • Managed internal municipal bond inventory levels to ensure compliance with firm capital limits.
  • Coordinated annual penetration testing and vulnerability assessments with 3rd party vendor.
  • Design customer firewall solutions, security policy, VPN, network design.
  • Prepared and maintained documentation on Security policies and procedures.

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