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Working As A Security Systems Specialist

  • 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

  • $94,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Security Systems Specialist 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 Systems Specialist

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
Systems Specialist 4.2 years
Security Engineer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Security Systems Specialist
Top Careers After Security Systems Specialist
Analyst 5.0%
Owner 3.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$94,000
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$66,000
Min 10%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Cisco Systems
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Security Systems Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Security Systems Specialist in the United States is $94,313 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $66,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $134,000.

Real Security Systems Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems/Data Security Specialist Bank of America Charlotte, NC Sep 13, 2016 $85,000
Network and Information Security System Specialist Nsfocus Incorporated Santa Clara, CA Sep 01, 2015 $84,000
Proteus Security Systems Specialist Proteus Security Systems, LLC Plantation, FL Sep 12, 2013 $84,000
Proteus Security Systems Specialist Proteus Security Systems, LLC Plantation, FL Sep 17, 2013 $84,000
Security System Management Specialist Sound Facets LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $68,161
Security Systems Specialist Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. Deerfield, IL Apr 08, 2008 $67,800
Systems Security Specialist Securonix LLC Los Angeles, CA Mar 28, 2011 $66,664 -
$110,000
Security Systems Specialist KPIT Infosystems, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Oct 01, 2012 $63,650
Security Systems Specialist KPIT Infosystems, Inc. Iselin, NJ Aug 15, 2014 $59,655
Security System Management Specialist Sound Facets LLC New York, NY Sep 10, 2013 $59,187
Security Systems Specialist KPIT Infosystems, Inc. Hazelwood, MO Oct 01, 2012 $58,200
Security Systems Specialist KPIT Infosystems, Inc. Cookeville, TN Oct 01, 2012 $58,200
Security Systems Specialist KPIT Infosystems, Inc. Iselin, NJ Oct 01, 2012 $58,200

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Top Skills for A Security Systems Specialist

  1. Electrical Security Systems
  2. Electronic Security Systems
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Install, repair and maintain electronic security systems hardware/software.
  • Performed as a liaison between management and technical staff regarding Information Security standards and procedures.
  • Assisted salesmen in designing video & access control systems for commercialapplications.
  • Developed and manage covert CCTV program to support corporate investigations.
  • Documented existing security procedures to ensure the separation of duties between system administrators and production control department.

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Top 10 Best States for Security Systems Specialists

  1. New Jersey
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Virginia
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Maryland
  6. North Carolina
  7. New York
  8. New Mexico
  9. Massachusetts
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Security Systems Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

75.1%

Female

18.8%

Unknown

6.1%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

13.2%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.3%

Carrier

16.7%

German

8.3%

Arabic

8.3%

Hindi

8.3%
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Security Systems Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.9%

University of Maryland - University College

14.5%

Community College of the Air Force

7.2%

Strayer University

7.2%

Webster University

5.8%

George Mason University

5.8%

Troy University

4.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.3%

University of the District of Columbia

2.9%

Brandman University

2.9%

Bowie State University

2.9%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

2.9%

DePaul University

2.9%

Forsyth Technical Community College

2.9%

Regis University

2.9%

University of North Texas

2.9%

Frostburg State University

2.9%

University of Pittsburgh -

2.9%

Capella University

2.9%

Michigan State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

15.7%

Criminal Justice

12.2%

Information Technology

11.2%

Computer Information Systems

10.7%

Computer Science

9.1%

Electrical Engineering

7.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.6%

Computer Networking

3.6%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Human Resources Management

2.5%

Information Systems

2.5%

Political Science

2.0%

Finance

2.0%

Accounting

2.0%

Education

2.0%

Communication

2.0%

Criminology

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Psychology

1.5%

Computer Systems Security

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.0%

Other

19.6%

Masters

19.3%

Associate

17.4%

Certificate

4.4%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.4%
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