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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|
|Security Consulting Manager||Accenture LLP||Charlotte, NC||Nov 23, 2016||$185,000|
|Security Consulting Manager||Accenture LLP||Stamford, CT||Nov 23, 2016||$185,000|
|Security Consulting Manager||Accenture LLP||Houston, TX||Nov 23, 2016||$185,000|
|Security Consultant (Principal)-IAM||Optiv Security Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Dec 19, 2016||$150,000|
|Director, Security Consulting North America||Control Risks Group, LLC||Houston, TX||Jun 29, 2015||$141,450|
|Security Consultant||Dimension Data North America||New York, NY||Feb 03, 2016||$131,477 -
|Director of Security Consulting Servies||Enterprise Risk Management||Coral Gables, FL||Aug 20, 2015||$125,408|
|Security Consultant||Cigital, Inc.||Dulles Town Center, VA||Jan 04, 2016||$124,654|
|Security Consultant||Cigital, Inc.||Dulles Town Center, VA||Jul 07, 2016||$124,654|
|Security Consultant||Cigital, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 28, 2015||$99,798|
|Security and Privacy Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Cambridge, MA||Sep 08, 2015||$98,220|
|Security & Privacy Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Cambridge, MA||Aug 25, 2015||$98,220|
|Security & Privacy Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Cambridge, MA||Aug 11, 2015||$98,220|
|Security and Privacy Consultant||IBM Corporation||Boca Raton, FL||Aug 12, 2015||$97,609 -
|Security Monitoring Consultant||Checkfree Services Corporation||Norcross, GA||Aug 12, 2015||$97,198 -
|Security Consultant||Partners Information Technology Inc.||Buena Park, CA||Aug 24, 2015||$95,000|
|Security Consultant||Cigital, Inc.||Dulles Town Center, VA||Aug 28, 2015||$84,000|
|Security Consultant||Cigital, Inc.||Boston, MA||Aug 28, 2015||$83,000|
|Security and Privacy Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Minneapolis, MN||Oct 01, 2016||$82,187|
|Security and Privacy Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Minneapolis, MN||Jan 10, 2016||$82,187|
|Security & Privacy Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Quincy, MA||Feb 05, 2016||$81,453|
|Security and Privacy Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Quincy, MA||May 13, 2016||$81,453|
|Security Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Cambridge, MA||Jul 27, 2016||$81,453|
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