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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

  • $110,000

    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
Architect Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Architect Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Architect Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Project Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Security Officer Security Supervisor Security Manager
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Security Officer Security Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Security Officer Owner Technical Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Project Management Lead
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Network Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Security Manager Security Operations Manager
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Systems Manager Information Manager
Director Of Information
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Engineer 2.2 years
Security Architect 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Security Architect
Consultant 5.5%
Architect 5.4%
Top Careers After Security Architect
Architect 7.6%
Consultant 5.5%

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Security Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

78.3%

Unknown

11.9%

Female

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

55.4%

Asian

14.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Black or African American

11.2%

Unknown

6.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.1%

German

15.4%

French

15.4%

Russian

15.4%

Portuguese

7.7%

Japanese

7.7%

Cheyenne

7.7%

Arabic

7.7%
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Security Architect Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.9%

University of Maryland - University College

8.6%

Strayer University

5.5%

Regis University

5.5%

Capella University

5.5%

University of Houston

4.7%

George Washington University

4.7%

James Madison University

4.7%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.7%

More Tech Institute

4.7%

University of Texas at Austin

4.7%

George Mason University

4.7%

Syracuse University

3.9%

Western Governors University

3.9%

San Jose State University

3.9%

University of California - San Diego

3.9%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.9%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.1%

Business

15.1%

Electrical Engineering

8.7%

Information Technology

8.2%

Computer Information Systems

8.0%

Computer Systems Security

7.0%

Computer Engineering

5.6%

Information Systems

4.2%

Computer Networking

3.4%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Engineering

2.6%

Finance

2.2%

Criminal Justice

2.0%

Education

1.8%

Architecture

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Management

1.4%

Economics

1.4%

Chemistry

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.2%

Masters

39.2%

Other

10.8%

Associate

3.4%

Doctorate

3.4%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

0.8%
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Average Yearly Salary
$110,000
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$76,000
Min 10%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
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Median 50%
$160,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Nvidia
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Delaware
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Security Architect make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Security Architect in the United States is $110,728 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $76,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $160,000.

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 Oct 05, 2015 $170,000
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 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
Security Architect Blockstream Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 20, 2016 $110,000
Hadoop Security Architect/Administration RCG Global Services, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Sep 23, 2015 $110,000

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Top Skills for A Security Architect

  1. Architecture
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Security Procedures
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  • Developed program security requirements enabling the development of a robust security architecture to meet DoD 8500.2 IA Controls.
  • Develop secure options to meet business needs and to ensure compliance with approved security and architectural standards.
  • Participated in the development of hardware, software, network security procedures and guidelines that supported information security policies.
  • Translated business requirements/needs into security infrastructure requirements.
  • Advise on the best design for information technology architectures in less complex information technology environments.

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