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Working As A Security System Engineer

  • 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

  • $107,610

    Average Salary

What Does A Security System Engineer 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 System Engineer

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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Average Length of Employment
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Security Engineer 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Top Employers After
Engineer 3.9%
Consultant 2.9%

Security System Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

82.7%

Female

13.3%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

76.1%

Asian

11.1%

Hispanic or Latino

8.9%

Unknown

3.2%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.0%

Russian

20.0%

Portuguese

10.0%

Chinese

10.0%

French

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Italian

10.0%
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Security System Engineer Education

Schools

George Mason University

11.6%

University of Maryland - University College

8.7%

Strayer University

8.7%

Community College of the Air Force

7.2%

George Washington University

7.2%

Colorado Technical University

5.8%

University of Central Florida

4.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.3%

University of Phoenix

4.3%

Capella University

4.3%

Western International University

4.3%

Pacific University

4.3%

ECPI University

2.9%

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

2.9%

Bowie State University

2.9%

University of Rochester

2.9%

Harvard University

2.9%

LIU Brooklyn

2.9%

University of Louisville

2.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

13.1%

Electrical Engineering

12.1%

Business

11.2%

Computer Information Systems

9.8%

Information Technology

9.8%

Management

5.1%

Computer Networking

5.1%

Computer Systems Security

4.7%

Management Information Systems

4.2%

Systems Engineering

3.7%

Information Systems

3.7%

Criminal Justice

3.7%

Computer Engineering

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Mathematics

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Political Science

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.1%

Masters

29.2%

Other

15.5%

Associate

12.5%

Certificate

1.5%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.7%
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Real Security System Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Security Engineer Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Mar 20, 2016 $200,000
Security Systems Engineer YIK Yak, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 29, 2016 $185,000
Systems Security Engineer Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Mar 20, 2016 $140,000
Software Security Systems Engineer (Software Applications) Safeway Inc. Pleasanton, CA Dec 09, 2016 $133,000
Security Systems Engineer YIK Yak, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 29, 2016 $129,210
Tivoli Security Systems Engineer Encode, Inc. Freehold, NJ Sep 21, 2010 $125,000
Software Security Systems Engr. (APP. Provisioning Engr.) Safeway Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jun 29, 2015 $120,000
Security Engineer/Systems Engineer Valtech Services, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 21, 2015 $120,000
Software Security Systems Engr. (APP. Provisioning Engr.) Safeway Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jun 04, 2015 $120,000
Security Engineer/Systems Engineer Valtech Services, Inc. Dallas, TX Jun 22, 2015 $105,000
Security Engineer/Systems Engineer Valtech Staffing Inc. Dallas, TX Mar 10, 2015 $105,000
Security Engineer/Systems Engineer Valtech Solutions Inc. Dallas, TX Mar 10, 2015 $105,000
CA Siteminder Security System Engineer Ryder System, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 11, 2016 $103,456
CA Siteminder Security System Engineer Ryder System, Inc. Miami, FL Feb 28, 2015 $100,443
CA Siteminder Security System Engineer Ryder System, Inc. Miami, FL Dec 18, 2015 $100,443
System Engineer Security Spotify USA Inc. New York, NY Jan 12, 2015 $100,000
Systems Engineer-Security Buzzclan LLC McKinney, TX Jun 02, 2014 $90,000
Systems Security Engineer Ferguson Consulting, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Jan 01, 2013 $87,880
Systems Engineer, Security Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC Eagan, MN Feb 04, 2015 $85,490
Security Systems Engineer Taigle LLC Irvine, CA Nov 20, 2010 $85,000
Systems Engineer, Security Thomson Reuters (GRC) Inc. Plymouth, MN Dec 20, 2013 $83,000
Systems Security Engineer Ferguson Consulting, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Jan 10, 2011 $82,000
Systems Security Engineer T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Owings Mills, MD Jul 25, 2016 $81,390 -
$158,700
Security and MCU System Software Engineer Renesas Electronics America Inc. San Jose, CA May 20, 2010 $79,000
Systems Security Engineer Ferguson Consulting, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Jan 10, 2011 $77,000
System Security Engineer 1 Can Capital, Inc. Kennesaw, GA Aug 15, 2016 $75,150 -
$95,150
Systems Engineer, Security West Services, Inc. Plymouth, MN Oct 01, 2012 $72,093 -
$88,500

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Top Skills for A Security System Engineer

ProceduresSystemSecurityPlanServersFirewallVulnerabilityAssessmentsWindowsComplianceNetworkInfrastructureSecurityPoliciesDODAssuranceWebArchitectureAccessControlSystemsDisaNistLinuxInformationSecurityIntrusionDetectionSystemsInformationSystems

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Top Security System Engineer Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. System Security Plan
  3. Servers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed violations of computer security procedures and discuss procedures with violators to ensure violations were not repeated.
  • Participated in development and reviewed System Security Plans (SSP).
  • Developed security policy for all MWAA oracle servers.
  • Planned and implemented Internet connectivity including all security design of DMZ and installation configuration and management of Cisco PIX firewall.
  • Performed security vulnerability assessments, penetration testing and security assessments of network infrastructure, systems and applications.

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