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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

  • $98,270

    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
Project Manager Program Manager Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Solutions Architect Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Analyst Assistant Vice President Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Information Technology Security Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Engineer Senior Security Consultant Security Manager
Director, Corporate Security
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Consultant Security Manager Information Technology Specialist
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Consultant Sales Engineer Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Engineer Security Manager Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Security Officer Security Supervisor
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Security Engineer Project Manager Service Delivery Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Architect 2.3 years
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.0%
Manager 4.1%
Director 2.6%

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Senior Information Security Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

76.8%

Female

21.7%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

55.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

12.6%

Asian

12.3%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

11.8%

Serbian

11.8%

Russian

11.8%

Spanish

11.8%

Mandarin

11.8%

Hungarian

5.9%

Turkish

5.9%

Czech

5.9%

Bosnian

5.9%

French

5.9%

Ukrainian

5.9%

Croatian

5.9%
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Senior Information Security Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.4%

University of Maryland - University College

10.3%

Strayer University

10.3%

Norwich University

8.5%

Capella University

8.5%

Western Governors University

4.3%

Webster University

4.3%

George Washington University

4.3%

Capital College

4.3%

Community College of the Air Force

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.4%

National University

2.6%

University of Central Oklahoma

2.6%

Iowa State University

2.6%

Colorado Technical University

2.6%

Bellevue University

2.6%

Northeastern University

2.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.6%

University of Arizona

2.6%

Fortis College - Norfolk

2.6%
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Majors

Business

15.8%

Computer Systems Security

13.8%

Computer Science

12.9%

Information Technology

10.9%

Computer Information Systems

10.3%

Management Information Systems

4.6%

Computer Networking

4.6%

Electrical Engineering

3.7%

Information Systems

3.7%

Communication

2.9%

Management

2.0%

Information Sciences

2.0%

Project Management

2.0%

Criminal Justice

2.0%

Education

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

International Business

1.1%

Political Science

1.1%

Finance

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.4%

Masters

35.9%

Other

15.0%

Associate

6.9%

Certificate

3.2%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Senior Information Security Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Information Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA May 16, 2012 $145,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $145,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Inovant LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 20, 2018 $132,000 -
$152,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 26, 2016 $128,066 -
$140,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA May 23, 2016 $124,862 -
$140,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Epace Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 01, 2017 $120,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Epace Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 04, 2017 $120,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Epace Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 05, 2017 $120,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Inovant LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 31, 2016 $117,000 -
$137,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Inovant LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 20, 2018 $115,000 -
$135,000
SR. Information Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 09, 2017 $110,074 -
$145,000
Senior Information Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 13, 2017 $104,177 -
$145,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Information Security Analyst

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  1. Network Security
  2. Compliance
  3. Procedures
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  • Apply background in management of various system and network security controls to provide third-party assessments of organization s information assurance readiness.
  • Performed detailed application and system assessments to determine vulnerabilities and ensure compliance with all security standards and guidelines.
  • Provided guidance in implementing industrial computer security policy and procedures to Code 20 Range Operations.
  • Performed operating system and application vulnerability assessments and monitored compliance to policy across multiple platform and diverse system environments.
  • Provided risk management assessments, security practices and procedures and solutions.

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