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Working As A Senior Information Security Analyst

  • 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

  • $101,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Information Security Analyst 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 Senior Information Security Analyst

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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Senior Information Security Analyst Career Paths

Senior Information Security Analyst
Information Security Manager Information Technology Security Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Analyst Project Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Security Manager
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Engineer Information Technology Manager Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Analyst Senior Security Consultant Security Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Operations Director Director, Network Operations
Director Of Network Services
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Office Manager Business Office Manager
Manager Of Business Services
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Consultant Security Manager
Chief Of Security
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Consultant Senior Project Manager Director Of Technology And Services
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Security Manager
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Database Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Senior Analyst Information Systems Manager Information Manager
Director Of Information
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Architect 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Senior Information Security Analyst
Consultant 5.2%
Top Careers After Senior Information Security Analyst
Consultant 5.2%
Manager 4.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$101,000
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$74,000
Min 10%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$138,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Kronos Incorporated
Highest Paying City
Foster City, CA
Highest Paying State
Delaware
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Senior Information Security Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Information Security Analyst in the United States is $101,271 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $74,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $138,000.

Real Senior Information Security Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Information Security Analyst IAC/Interactivecorp New York, NY Dec 22, 2016 $155,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $145,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA May 16, 2012 $145,000
SR. Information Security Analyst Software Guidance & Assistance, Inc. Taylorsville, UT Aug 15, 2013 $143,481
SR. Information Security Analyst Meritel Group, LLC Southfield, MI Feb 09, 2015 $141,916
SR. Information Security Analyst Meritel Group, LLC Southfield, MI Feb 09, 2014 $141,916
Senior Information Security Analyst Inovant LLC Foster City, CA Oct 31, 2016 $140,000 -
$160,000
SR. IT Network Security Analyst Ciber, Inc. Rockville, MD Aug 29, 2016 $140,000 -
$150,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA May 30, 2016 $135,000 -
$145,000
Senior IT Security & Risk Analyst McKesson Corporation San Francisco, CA Nov 25, 2016 $132,800
Senior Information Security Analyst Athoc, Inc. San Mateo, CA Jun 28, 2016 $129,210
Senior Information Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 26, 2016 $128,066 -
$140,000
SR. Information Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Foster City, CA Dec 19, 2016 $108,500 -
$173,600
Sr.It Security/Compliance Analyst Aspect Engineering Group Bakersfield, CA Nov 12, 2015 $108,035
Senior Manager Jc45-Information Security Analyst Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Englewood, CO Feb 12, 2015 $107,182
Senior Risk/Information Security Analyst American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Nov 23, 2015 $105,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Foster City, CA May 11, 2015 $104,788 -
$140,455
Senior Information Security Analyst Guidance Software, Inc. Pasadena, CA Jan 05, 2013 $103,968
Senior Security Analyst-IT Tesoro Companies, Inc. San Antonio, TX Feb 17, 2012 $103,500
Senior Information Security Analyst Liberty Mutual Group Inc. Portsmouth, NH Sep 04, 2015 $102,773
Senior Information Security Analyst Kforce Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 26, 2015 $93,915 -
$146,090
Senior IT Security Analyst EMC Corporation Reston, VA Mar 01, 2015 $92,200
Senior Analyst, Information Security Mastercard International Incorporated Kansas City, MO Oct 05, 2015 $92,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Veritas Technologies LLC Herndon, VA Aug 15, 2016 $92,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Innocore Solutions, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Oct 01, 2015 $90,000
Senior Information Security Risk Analyst Wilmington Trust Company Wilmington, DE Apr 09, 2010 $90,000 -
$100,000
SR. Information Security Analyst ITAS, LLC Owings Mills, MD Mar 14, 2016 $90,000
Senior IT Security Analyst EMC Corporation Bedford, MA Dec 23, 2014 $89,550 -
$121,050

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Top Skills for A Senior Information Security Analyst

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Vulnerability Assessments
  3. Information Security Policies
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated security escalation activities within each unit to ensure compliance and compliance management.
  • Contributed to improving the Security Assessment process, which is used to perform Security Risk Assessments, Vulnerability Assessments and Security Reviews
  • Provide for an in-depth evaluation of the supplier/vendor enterprise-wide information security policies, procedures, and user awareness training programs.
  • Ensured the involvement of other Information Security Risk Management teams as needed for in-depth risk assessments of technology service providers.
  • Lead the initiative with the infrastructure team to address and mitigate security threats and vulnerabilities through the vulnerability management program.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Information Security Analysts

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  2. California
  3. Virginia
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Maryland
  6. North Carolina
  7. New York
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Connecticut
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Senior Information Security Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

70.3%

Female

21.2%

Unknown

8.5%
Ethnicity

White

56.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

13.0%

Asian

11.5%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

13.3%

Russian

13.3%

Spanish

13.3%

Mandarin

13.3%

Hungarian

6.7%

Turkish

6.7%

Czech

6.7%

Bosnian

6.7%

Serbian

6.7%

Ukrainian

6.7%

Croatian

6.7%
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Senior Information Security Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.5%

University of Maryland - University College

11.4%

Strayer University

9.6%

Capella University

7.8%

Norwich University

6.6%

Webster University

6.6%

Western Governors University

5.4%

Capital College

5.4%

Kaplan University

3.0%

Colorado Technical University

3.0%

George Washington University

3.0%

Northeastern University

3.0%

DePaul University

3.0%

Saint Leo University

3.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.4%

Community College of the Air Force

2.4%

Villanova University

2.4%

University of Central Oklahoma

2.4%

Iowa State University

2.4%

Bellevue University

2.4%
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Majors

Business

17.3%

Computer Systems Security

12.8%

Computer Information Systems

12.2%

Computer Science

12.0%

Information Technology

10.3%

Management Information Systems

4.7%

Computer Networking

4.5%

Information Systems

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.3%

Management

2.5%

Computer Engineering

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Accounting

1.9%

Project Management

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Education

1.6%

Information Sciences

1.6%

Finance

1.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.9%

Masters

36.2%

Other

13.8%

Associate

6.4%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

0.6%
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