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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

  • $99,000

    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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Security System Engineer Career Paths

Security System Engineer
Security Engineer Securities Consultant Security Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Securities Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Security Engineer Senior Security Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager Program Manager
Lead Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Securities Consultant Team Leader Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Director Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Network Security Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Manager
Director Of Network Services
10 Yearsyrs
Network Security Engineer Information Security Analyst Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Engineer Security Manager Security Operations Manager
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Engineer Information Security Officer Network Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Cyber Security Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Officer Systems Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Security Officer Information Systems Manager Information Manager
Director Of Information
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Security Engineer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Security System Engineer
Engineer 2.6%
Top Careers After Security System Engineer
Consultant 4.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$99,000
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$70,000
Min 10%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Bloomberg
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Security System Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Security System Engineer in the United States is $99,152 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $70,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $139,000.

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 Solutions Inc. Dallas, TX Mar 10, 2015 $105,000
Security Engineer/Systems Engineer Valtech Services, Inc. Dallas, TX Jun 22, 2015 $105,000
Security Engineer/Systems Engineer Valtech Services, Inc. Dallas, TX Mar 16, 2015 $105,000
Security Engineer/Systems Engineer Valtech Staffing 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

  1. Vulnerability Assessments
  2. Firewall
  3. Windows XP
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed security vulnerability assessments, penetration testing and security assessments of network infrastructure, systems and applications.
  • Performed firewall rule approvals and responsible for integrating security best practices into projects.
  • Performed a DISA STIG (Security Technical Implementation Guide) assessment during build of the Windows XP machine.
  • Provided subject matter expertise on computer forensics, and information technology initiatives from a security perceptive.
  • Document several network security policies that are used world-wide.

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Top 10 Best States for Security System Engineers

  1. Virginia
  2. New Jersey
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Rhode Island
  5. California
  6. New York
  7. Maryland
  8. North Carolina
  9. Washington
  10. Connecticut
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Security System Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.5%

Female

13.6%

Unknown

8.9%
Ethnicity

White

56.8%

Black or African American

13.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Asian

11.5%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

18.2%

French

13.6%

Portuguese

9.1%

German

9.1%

Italian

9.1%

Chinese

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%

Amharic

4.5%

Russian

4.5%

Carrier

4.5%

Hindi

4.5%

Mandarin

4.5%

Arabic

4.5%

Korean

4.5%
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Security System Engineer Education

Schools

George Mason University

10.9%

Colorado Technical University

10.1%

University of Phoenix

10.1%

University of Maryland - University College

7.8%

Strayer University

6.2%

Community College of the Air Force

5.4%

George Washington University

5.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.7%

University of Central Florida

3.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.9%

Regis University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

Webster University

3.1%

Trident University International

3.1%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.1%

Capella University

3.1%

Western International University

3.1%

Anne Arundel Community College

3.1%

Pacific University

3.1%

Norwich University

2.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

14.9%

Information Technology

13.5%

Computer Information Systems

10.8%

Electrical Engineering

10.6%

Business

9.6%

Computer Systems Security

8.3%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

Computer Networking

4.4%

Information Systems

3.7%

Management

3.4%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Systems Engineering

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.6%

Project Management

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Finance

1.1%

Chemistry

1.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.1%

Communication

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.9%

Masters

28.1%

Other

14.3%

Associate

10.8%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

1.3%
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