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Working As A Securities Research 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

  • $71,660

    Average Salary

What Does A Securities Research 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 Research 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 Research Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

74.1%

Female

18.7%

Unknown

7.2%
Ethnicity

White

51.3%

Asian

16.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

11.8%

Unknown

5.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.1%

Arabic

13.0%

Portuguese

8.7%

German

8.7%

Russian

8.7%

Chinese

4.3%

Turkish

4.3%

Hebrew

4.3%

Japanese

4.3%

Norwegian

4.3%

Persian

4.3%

Korean

4.3%

Italian

4.3%
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Securities Research Analyst Education

Schools

Institute of World Politics

10.8%

University of Maryland - University College

5.4%

Bowie State University

5.4%

Harvard University

5.4%

Drexel University

5.4%

Strayer University

5.4%

California State University - East Bay

5.4%

Iowa State University

5.4%

Capella University

5.4%

University of Wisconsin - Madison

5.4%

Montclair State University

5.4%

Carnegie Mellon University

5.4%

Pace University - New York

5.4%

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

5.4%

Cornell University

5.4%

Syracuse University

2.7%

Marshall University

2.7%

Norwich University

2.7%

Washington University in Saint Louis

2.7%

Saint Joseph's University

2.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

21.9%

Finance

15.6%

Business

12.5%

Computer Systems Security

8.3%

Computer Engineering

5.2%

Electrical Engineering

5.2%

Political Science

4.2%

Information Systems

4.2%

Intelligence Operations

3.1%

Economics

3.1%

Information Technology

3.1%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Accounting

2.1%

Computer Technical Support

2.1%

Sociology

1.0%

Communication Disorders Sciences

1.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.0%

Writing

1.0%

Management

1.0%

Medicine

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

39.3%

Bachelors

34.4%

Other

13.9%

Doctorate

7.4%

Certificate

3.3%

Associate

1.6%
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Real Securities Research Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Security Researcher Secureworks, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 04, 2016 $180,000
Principal Security Researcher Blue Coat Systems Inc. Draper, UT Jul 28, 2016 $165,000
Senior Security Researcher Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 04, 2016 $165,000
Principal Security Researcher Blue Coat Systems Inc. Draper, UT Aug 27, 2016 $165,000
Senior Security Researcher Immunity, Inc. Miami Beach, FL Feb 23, 2016 $161,600
Senior Security Researcher II Immunity Miami Beach, FL Dec 17, 2015 $161,600
Senior Security Researcher Immunity, Inc. Miami Beach, FL Oct 01, 2015 $161,600
Security Researcher Alienvault, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 15, 2015 $150,000
Web Security Researcher Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Sep 29, 2016 $150,000
Senior Security Researcher McAfee, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 14, 2015 $148,803 -
$168,883
Staff Email Security Researcher Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA May 11, 2015 $148,000
Municipal Securities Research Analyst Zions Bank/ZMSC Salt Lake City, UT Aug 22, 2016 $145,165
Muni Securities Research Analyst Zions Bank/ZMSC Salt Lake City, UT Dec 10, 2015 $141,625
Security Researcher Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Dec 29, 2016 $140,005
SR. Security Researcher McAfee, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 27, 2015 $113,086 -
$167,750
Security Researcher Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Sep 30, 2015 $109,935
Security Researcher Cylance, Inc. Irvine, CA Jun 10, 2015 $105,000
Staff Security Researcher Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Sep 05, 2015 $105,000 -
$168,000
Security Researcher Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Apr 30, 2015 $104,770 -
$175,400
Security Researcher Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Aug 12, 2015 $104,770 -
$175,400
Security Researcher Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Sep 09, 2016 $102,502 -
$148,200
Information Security Research Advisor Secureworks, Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 25, 2015 $89,000
Security Researcher Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR May 04, 2016 $88,130 -
$152,800
Security Researcher Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Aug 17, 2016 $88,130 -
$129,500
Security Researcher Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Aug 25, 2016 $88,130 -
$152,800
Security Researcher Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Apr 13, 2016 $88,130 -
$175,400
Security Researcher Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Apr 21, 2016 $88,130 -
$175,400
Security Researcher Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Apr 22, 2016 $88,130 -
$175,400
Security Researcher Intel Corporation Englewood, CO Jan 26, 2016 $87,214 -
$145,300

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Top Skills for A Securities Research Analyst

  1. Network Security
  2. Windows XP
  3. SQL
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  • Project consulting in developing network security architecture.
  • Utilized SQL and/ or Excel to analyze and summarize data.
  • Researched and produced research papers on the relationship between Russia and the North Caucasus.
  • Provided data entry and database clean up, to include court documents and light database management.
  • Reviewed existing policies and controls for application security and defined a new set of standards and procedures.

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