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Working As A Senior Information Security Consultant

  • 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

  • $109,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Information Security Consultant 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 Consultant

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 Yearly Salary
$109,000
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$81,000
Min 10%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$148,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
HSBC North America Holdings
Highest Paying City
Camden, NJ
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a Senior Information Security Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Information Security Consultant in the United States is $109,867 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $81,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $148,000.

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Real Senior Information Security Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Consultant Information Security Risk HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Jul 01, 2013 $150,000
Senior Consultant Information Security Risk HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Jul 01, 2013 $150,000
Senior Consultant Information Security Risk HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Nov 23, 2015 $141,128
Senior Consultant-Information Security Aujas Network Private Limited May 19, 2015 $130,000
Senior Consultant-Information Security Aujas Network Private Limited May 19, 2015 $130,000
SR. Information Security Consultant Optech LLC Jun 16, 2014 $128,690
SR. IT Security Consultant Innovate!, Inc. Aug 30, 2012 $126,000
Senior Consultant-Information Security Aujas Networks Private Limited Dec 19, 2016 $120,000
SR. Information Security Consultant Zolon Tech Solutions, Inc. Jul 31, 2014 $117,936
SR. Information Security Consultant Zolon Tech Solutions, Inc. Jul 22, 2013 $114,317
Senior Consultant Information Security Risk HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Sep 15, 2016 $113,558
Information Security Senior Federal Home Loan Mortgage Co. Mar 13, 2014 $110,100 -
$124,700
Information Security Senior Federal Home Loan Mortgage Co. Mar 12, 2014 $110,100 -
$124,700
Senior Consultant Information Security Risk HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Sep 12, 2015 $105,000
Senior Information Security Consultant Ioactive, Inc. Sep 01, 2014 $105,000
Senior Consultant Information Security HSBC Technologies, Inc. May 01, 2012 $100,027
Information Security-Senior Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Jul 14, 2010 $96,000 -
$120,000
Senior Consultant-Information Security Aujas Networks Private Limited Jan 10, 2016 $94,000
Senior Consultant-Information Security Aujas Network Private Limited Sep 11, 2015 $91,000
SR. Information Security Consultant Zillion Technologies Inc. Jan 29, 2016 $86,445
Information Security Senior Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Jul 06, 2015 $85,600 -
$126,200
Senior IT Security Consultant Slashsupport, Inc. Sep 18, 2014 $84,968
Information Security Senior Federal Home Loan Mortgage Co. Jul 03, 2016 $83,300 -
$128,653
SR. IT Security Consultant Genius Minds LLC Jan 09, 2016 $80,000
Senior Information Security Consultant Securicon, LLC Oct 06, 2016 $80,000 -
$125,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Information Security Consultant

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Risk Assessments
  3. Audit Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Serve as Program Owner, maintaining program documentation, procedures, and processes to ensure compliance in business and regulatory drivers.
  • Reviewed risk assessments and analyzed the effectiveness of information security control activities and reported on them, providing actionable recommendations.
  • Develop audit scope, objectives and audit program; determine audit procedures and resources.
  • Performed and created procedures for system security audits, penetration-tests and vulnerability assessments.
  • Developed Cisco firewall policy and maintenance plans.

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Senior Information Security Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

78.8%

Female

16.5%

Unknown

4.8%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Black or African American

13.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Asian

11.3%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

German

16.7%

Portuguese

16.7%

Arabic

16.7%

Italian

16.7%
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Senior Information Security Consultant Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

6.5%

University of Alabama

6.5%

Pace University - New York

6.5%

Colorado Technical University

6.5%

Howard University

6.5%

Colorado State University

6.5%

Georgia State University

6.5%

University of New Haven

6.5%

Wright State University

6.5%

Kennesaw State University

6.5%

University of New Orleans

6.5%

Syracuse University

3.2%

Indiana Institute of Technology

3.2%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.2%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.2%

Southern Maine Community College

3.2%

Bristol Technical Education Center

3.2%

Norwich University

3.2%

U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

3.2%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.2%
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Majors

Business

19.0%

Information Technology

13.9%

Management Information Systems

10.1%

Computer Science

10.1%

Computer Systems Security

8.9%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Management

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Finance

2.5%

Telecommunications Management

2.5%

Computer Networking

2.5%

English

2.5%

Communication

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Computer Programming

1.3%

Apparel And Textiles

1.3%

Information Sciences

1.3%

Pharmacy

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

42.7%

Bachelors

38.2%

Certificate

9.0%

Associate

4.5%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

2.2%

High School Diploma

1.1%
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