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Working As A Security Architect

  • 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

  • $120,798

    Average Salary

What Does A Security Architect 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 Security Architect

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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Security Architect Career Paths

Security Architect
Subject Matter Expert Securities Consultant Information Security Officer
Chief Security Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Program Manager Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Operations Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Information Technology Specialist Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Information Technology Security Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Architect Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Architect Construction Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Controller Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Security Officer Security Supervisor
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Architect Senior Information Technology Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Engineer 2.2 years
Security Architect 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Architect 6.0%
Consultant 5.5%
Top Employers After
Architect 8.9%
Consultant 5.4%
Manager 3.2%

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Security Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

86.0%

Female

10.3%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

54.3%

Asian

15.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

6.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

20.0%

Spanish

20.0%

Russian

20.0%

Portuguese

10.0%

Japanese

10.0%

Cheyenne

10.0%

Arabic

10.0%
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Security Architect Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

8.0%

Capella University

8.0%

Strayer University

6.8%

Regis University

6.8%

University of Phoenix

6.8%

James Madison University

6.8%

More Tech Institute

6.8%

Syracuse University

4.5%

Western Governors University

4.5%

Drexel University

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.5%

Eastern Michigan University

3.4%

Wright State University

3.4%

Harvard University

3.4%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.4%

Northeastern University

3.4%

Western Washington University

3.4%

Roosevelt University

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.0%

Business

14.9%

Electrical Engineering

10.2%

Computer Information Systems

8.5%

Computer Systems Security

7.3%

Information Technology

7.3%

Information Systems

4.1%

Computer Engineering

3.8%

Computer Networking

3.2%

Engineering

2.6%

Finance

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Management

2.0%

Management Information Systems

2.0%

Education

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Architecture

1.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.1%

Masters

37.4%

Other

12.8%

Associate

4.8%

Doctorate

3.7%

Certificate

2.1%

Diploma

1.1%
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Real Security Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Security Architect Engineer Software Guidance & Assistance, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Nov 20, 2016 $225,396
Security Architect Engineer Software Guidance & Assistance, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jul 27, 2015 $204,526
Cyber Security Principal Security Architect First Data Technologies, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jun 02, 2015 $200,000
Hardware Security Architect Verifone, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 03, 2016 $185,000
Security Architect TIVO, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 19, 2016 $180,000
Security Architect TIVO, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 11, 2015 $180,000
Information Security Architect Wyndham Worldwide Operations Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Jun 29, 2015 $178,360 -
$220,000
Application Security Architect On Deck Capital, Inc. New York, NY Apr 17, 2016 $170,000
Application Security Architect Ebsco Publishing Ipswich, MA Mar 23, 2015 $170,000
Application Security Architect On Deck Capital Inc. New York, NY Oct 05, 2015 $170,000
Application Security Architect Ringcentral, Inc. Belmont, CA Dec 23, 2015 $165,000
Hardware Security Architect Verifone, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 19, 2015 $165,000 -
$190,000
Security Architect Bridgewater Associates, LP Wilton, CT Aug 19, 2015 $162,510 -
$255,000
Product Security Architect Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 29, 2015 $162,000
Lead Security Architect Here North America, LLC Burlington, MA Jun 09, 2016 $137,550 -
$176,742
Product Security Architect Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 12, 2015 $134,472 -
$216,600
Security Architect Illumio, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 02, 2016 $133,453 -
$165,000
Security Architect Illumio, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 05, 2016 $133,453 -
$165,000
Information Security Operations Architect Servicenow, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 08, 2016 $133,453 -
$171,600
Security Architect Engineer Software Guidance & Assistance, Inc. Warren, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $131,040
Security Architect Engineer Software Guidance & Assistance, Inc. Warren, NJ Mar 18, 2015 $131,040
Security Architect Blue Bay Technologies, LLC Excelsior, MN Nov 17, 2015 $130,000
Information Security Architect XO Group Inc. Austin, TX Oct 10, 2016 $115,000
Security Architect Verimatrix, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 01, 2015 $115,000
Enterprise Security Architect II Akamai Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 07, 2016 $111,900 -
$168,100
Security Architect Crown Equipment Corporation New Bremen, OH Jul 25, 2016 $111,010 -
$142,300
Security Architect Aurionpro Solutions, Inc. Edison, NJ Mar 16, 2015 $110,406 -
$125,000
Hadoop Security Architect/Administration RCG Global Services, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Sep 23, 2015 $110,000
Security Architect Blockstream Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 20, 2016 $110,000

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Top Skills for A Security Architect

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  1. Network Security
  2. Architecture
  3. Compliance
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  • Participated in the development of hardware, software, network security procedures and guidelines that supported information security policies.
  • Coordinate solution architecture implementation and modification activities.
  • Optimized recommended data security solutions based on local requirements, regulatory compliance and regional risk profiles.
  • Translated business requirements/needs into security infrastructure requirements.
  • Developed host based defense methodologies while conducting research and analysis for next generation web based attacks against critical infrastructures.

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