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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.
Hispanic or Latino11.2%
Black or African American0.6%
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Average Length of Employment
University of Phoenix17.7%
Community College of the Air Force9.5%
University of Maryland - University College6.5%
Northern Virginia Community College5.5%
American InterContinental University3.5%
Central Texas College3.3%
George Mason University2.9%
Southern New Hampshire University2.4%
Colorado Technical University2.4%
Columbia Southern University2.3%
University of Central Florida2.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Info Security Specialist||Inovant LLC||Foster City, CA||Sep 23, 2015||$150,800 -
|Application Security Specialist||NYSE Market, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 03, 2012||$135,000|
|Director, Security Specialist/Cybercrime||UBS AG||Stamford, CT||May 04, 2016||$131,000 -
|Director, Security Specialist/Cybercrime||UBS Services LLC||Stamford, CT||Jan 04, 2016||$130,500 -
|Info Security Specialist||Inovant, LLC||Foster City, CA||Sep 01, 2014||$125,146 -
|Application/Data Security Specialist||Synerzy Software Solutions Inc.||Iselin, NJ||Mar 30, 2016||$125,000|
|Application Security Specialist||Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Services Inc.||Chicago, IL||Apr 21, 2016||$124,900|
|Application Security Specialist||Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Services Inc.||Chicago, IL||Apr 21, 2016||$120,500|
|Application Security Specialist A||Aspect Security Inc.||Columbia, MD||Dec 21, 2015||$120,203|
|SAP Security Specialist||Edison Mission Energy||Santa Ana, CA||Oct 20, 2014||$115,523 -
|Software Security Specialist||Accuvant, Inc.||Miami, FL||May 05, 2014||$115,000|
|Application Security Specialist||Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Services, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Apr 21, 2013||$114,700|
|SAP Applications Security Specialist||Ingram Micro||Santa Ana, CA||Oct 02, 2011||$114,400|
|Application Security Specialist||Electronic Arts, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 25, 2016||$110,000|
|Director, Security Specialist||UBS AG||Weehawken, NJ||Feb 02, 2012||$101,171 -
|Director, Security Specialist||UBS AG||Jersey City, NJ||Jan 02, 2012||$101,171 -
|Security Specialist||Saviynt, LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Mar 25, 2011||$100,000|
|Security Specialist||Intel Corporation||Hillsboro, OR||Feb 11, 2011||$96,200 -
|Security Specialist||Emagine It, Inc.||Alexandria, VA||Aug 18, 2016||$95,000 -
|Application Security Specialist||Medtech Staffing & Solutions, Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 11, 2016||$93,915|
|Application Security Specialist||Medtech Staffing & Solutions, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 03, 2014||$91,828|
|Analyst, Security Master Specialist||AQR Capital Management, LLC||Greenwich, CT||Feb 23, 2015||$90,000 -
|Application Security Specialist||Medtech Staffing & Solutions, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 03, 2014||$74,193|
|Security Specialist||National Abortion Federation||Washington, DC||Sep 19, 2013||$71,219|
|Security Specialist.||Jewish Community Center of San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||Dec 17, 2009||$67,288 -
|Systems Security Specialist||Securonix LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Mar 28, 2011||$66,664 -
|Security Specialist||Saviynt||Los Angeles, CA||Mar 07, 2011||$66,664 -
|Application Security Specialist||Anira Solutions Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Oct 09, 2016||$66,000|
|Application Security Specialist||GVA Infotech Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Oct 09, 2016||$66,000|
|Security Specialist||Applied Computer Techniques||Monroeville, PA||Jul 09, 2016||$65,000|
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