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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

  • $82,616

    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
SAP Security Consultant Lead Security Officer Security Supervisor
Assistant Security Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Security Manager
Corporate Security Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Intelligence Analyst Senior Analyst Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Network Security Engineer Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Security Administrator Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Network Security Engineer Information Security Analyst Security Manager
Director, Corporate Security
11 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Analyst Network Technician Lead Network Engineer
Incident Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Database Administrator Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Intelligence Analyst Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Securities Consultant Account Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Securities Consultant Security Officer Security Supervisor
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Project Leader Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Engineer 2.2 years
Securities Analyst 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Securities Analyst
Internship 6.1%
Analyst 5.3%
Consultant 4.1%
Top Careers After Securities Analyst
Consultant 6.8%
Analyst 6.7%
Associate 3.2%

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Securities Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

67.4%

Female

29.8%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

57.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

13.3%

Asian

11.1%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.5%

French

9.1%

Arabic

7.4%

Chinese

6.6%

German

6.6%

Mandarin

5.8%

Hindi

4.1%

Russian

4.1%

Italian

3.3%

Filipino

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Greek

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Tagalog

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Latvian

0.8%

Turkish

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Indonesian

0.8%
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Securities Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.7%

University of Maryland - University College

12.7%

George Mason University

11.0%

Strayer University

9.3%

George Washington University

5.1%

American InterContinental University

4.2%

Western Governors University

3.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.4%

Community College of the Air Force

3.4%

Capella University

3.4%

Syracuse University

3.2%

Colorado Technical University

3.2%

Johns Hopkins University

3.2%

Michigan State University

2.9%

Webster University

2.9%

American University

2.9%

Northeastern University

2.9%

ECPI University

2.7%

Pennsylvania State University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

17.1%

Computer Science

9.5%

Information Technology

9.5%

Computer Information Systems

9.4%

Finance

8.9%

Criminal Justice

8.6%

Computer Systems Security

7.2%

Computer Networking

3.5%

Information Systems

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Management

3.0%

Management Information Systems

2.6%

Economics

2.1%

Psychology

1.8%

Political Science

1.8%

Communication

1.6%

Education

1.4%

Computer Engineering

1.4%

Homeland Security

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.5%

Masters

26.4%

Other

15.9%

Associate

9.5%

Certificate

3.2%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

0.9%
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Information Security career advice from Ian Whiting, CEO, Titania

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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
Securities Analyst International Value Advisers, LLC New York, NY Aug 05, 2015 $140,000
Security Analyst Box, Inc. Los Altos, CA Oct 15, 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 Weiss Asset Management LP Boston, MA Dec 13, 2016 $135,000 -
$155,000
Security Analyst Mailfeed, Inc. Campbell, CA Sep 16, 2015 $105,000
Security Analyst Anchorfree, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 16, 2015 $105,000
Inforamtion Security Analyst 3 Mitchell International Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 15, 2016 $105,000
Security Analyst Brightcove Inc. Boston, MA Jul 26, 2016 $105,000
Security Analyst Brightcove Inc. Boston, MA Jul 18, 2016 $105,000
Security Analyst III The TJX Companies, Inc. Marlborough, MA Oct 25, 2016 $103,000
Securities Analyst BGC Partners, Inc. New York, NY Feb 15, 2016 $100,000
Junior Application Security Analyst Electronic Arts, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 19, 2016 $100,000
Security Analyst Responsive Technologies Inc. Beverly Hills, CA Jan 09, 2016 $85,100
Security Analyst K-Source Inc. Plano, TX Apr 21, 2015 $85,000
Analyst, Complex Securities Duff & Phelps, LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 30, 2016 $85,000 -
$110,000
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

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Top Skills for A Securities Analyst

  1. Network Security
  2. Procedures
  3. Compliance
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  • Resolve user request without violating security protocols and maintaining the integrity of the network security.
  • Organized and analyzed recorded data using appropriate analysis procedures or criteria, to ensure appropriate data collection techniques are selected.
  • Produce documented Audits on Security operations/installations, and security for advising on plans to be in compliance with program requirements.
  • Tasked with heading up the vulnerability management program at Dow Jones & Company in conjunction with leading vulnerability assessments.
  • Analyzed and improved firewall rules for efficiency, effectiveness, clarity of purpose, and maintainability.

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