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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.
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University of Phoenix13.4%
George Mason University12.1%
University of Maryland - University College10.2%
Pennsylvania State University5.2%
Colorado Technical University4.6%
George Washington University4.3%
Western Governors University4.3%
University of Maryland - College Park3.9%
Northern Virginia Community College3.3%
Johns Hopkins University2.6%
University of Massachusetts - Lowell2.3%
Old Dominion University2.3%
Georgia Institute of Technology -2.3%
West Virginia University2.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Product Security Engineer||Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.||Bridgewater, NJ||Nov 28, 2016||$250,000|
|Director of Security Engineering||Appdynamics, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 10, 2016||$230,000|
|Principal Security Engineering Architect||Informatica LLC||Redwood City, CA||Jun 13, 2016||$215,000|
|Application Security Engineer||Palantir Technologies Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jan 08, 2016||$200,000|
|Lead Security Engineer||Mongodb, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 19, 2015||$200,000|
|Principal Security Engineer||Vidscale, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 21, 2016||$200,000|
|Systems Security Engineer||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Mar 20, 2016||$200,000|
|Application Security Engineer||Palantir Technologies Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Mar 15, 2016||$200,000|
|Principal Security Engineer||Twilio Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 06, 2016||$190,000|
|Lead Security Engineer||Betterment Holdings, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 21, 2016||$190,000|
|Security Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jun 12, 2015||$188,095|
|Security Engineer III||Amazon Web Services, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 28, 2016||$185,000|
|Manager, Security Engineering||Workday, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Jun 06, 2016||$175,000|
|Lead Security Engineer||Yapstone Holdings, Inc.||Walnut Creek, CA||Dec 26, 2016||$128,190 -
|Security Engineer II||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||Aug 04, 2015||$128,000|
|Security Engineer||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Nov 27, 2016||$128,000|
|Staff Security Engineer||Ellie Mae, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Feb 08, 2016||$127,982|
|Enterprise Security Engineer||First Data Technologies, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Apr 29, 2016||$126,880|
|Security Engineer||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Oct 23, 2015||$126,445|
|Security Engineer||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 04, 2016||$126,445|
|Security Engineer II||Amazon Web Services, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Jul 13, 2015||$126,000|
|Security Engineer||Aurionpro Solutions, Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Dec 23, 2015||$105,914|
|Enterprise Security Engineer||First Data Technologies, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Mar 18, 2015||$105,000|
|Web Security Engineer||The TJX Companies, Inc.||Framingham, MA||Mar 30, 2015||$105,000|
|Mobile Security Engineer||Venafi, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Feb 26, 2016||$105,000 -
|Security Engineer||Alchemy Security, LLC||Denver, CO||Jul 11, 2016||$105,000|
|Security Engineer||Citrix Systems, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Nov 07, 2016||$105,000 -
|Software Security Engineer||Citrix Systems, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Feb 25, 2016||$105,000 -
|Security Engineer||Citrix Systems, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 11, 2016||$105,000 -
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