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Working As A Senior Information Security 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

  • $116,284

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Information Security 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 Senior Information Security 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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Average Length of Employment
Security Engineer 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.1%
Top Employers After
Manager 5.6%

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Senior Information Security Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.9%

Female

13.3%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

56.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

13.4%

Asian

10.9%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Russian

50.0%

Irish

12.5%

Spanish

12.5%

Cheyenne

12.5%

Italian

12.5%
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Senior Information Security Engineer Education

Schools

Strayer University

17.1%

University of Phoenix

12.9%

University of Maryland - University College

8.6%

Colorado Technical University

8.6%

American InterContinental University

5.7%

Western Governors University

4.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.3%

Capella University

4.3%

Capital College

4.3%

Norwich University

2.9%

Arizona State University

2.9%

University of Valley Forge

2.9%

Troy University

2.9%

Johns Hopkins University

2.9%

George Washington University

2.9%

Clemson University

2.9%

Quinnipiac University

2.9%

Ashford University

2.9%

Seminole State College of Florida

2.9%

Syracuse University

1.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

15.0%

Computer Systems Security

12.4%

Computer Information Systems

11.1%

Business

9.2%

Management Information Systems

7.2%

Computer Networking

7.2%

Information Technology

7.2%

Information Systems

5.2%

Criminal Justice

5.2%

Project Management

3.3%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Management

2.0%

International Business

2.0%

Political Science

2.0%

General Studies

2.0%

Psychology

1.3%

Information Sciences

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Elementary Education

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.6%

Masters

35.9%

Other

16.0%

Associate

6.1%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

1.1%
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Real Senior Information Security Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Information Security Engineer Randstad Technologies, LP Woburn, MA Sep 08, 2015 $170,000
Senior Information Security Engineer Randstad Technologies, LP Charlotte, NC Jun 16, 2014 $170,000
Senior Software Engineer 2-Information Security Engineer Jet.Com, Inc. Hoboken, NJ Nov 21, 2016 $165,000
SR. Information Security Engineer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jun 05, 2016 $155,000
Senior Information Security Engineer Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 12, 2016 $150,000
SR. Information Security Engineer Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Apr 20, 2016 $148,500 -
$183,000
Senior Associate, Information Security Engineer Pine River Capital Management LP New York, NY Jul 06, 2015 $135,000
Senior Information Security Engineer MUFG Union Bank, N.A. Jersey City, NJ Dec 09, 2016 $135,000
Senior Associate, Information Security Engineer Pine River Capital Management L.P. New York, NY Oct 13, 2016 $135,000
Senior Information Security Engineer Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Apr 01, 2016 $133,453 -
$172,100
Senior Engineer, Information Security Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Jun 05, 2016 $133,453 -
$182,300
Senior Information Security Engineer Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 01, 2016 $130,000
Senior Information Security Engineer BOKF, Na Tulsa, OK Feb 12, 2015 $130,000
SR. Staff Information Security Engineer Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 31, 2015 $124,654 -
$151,700
Senior Information Security Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 09, 2012 $124,000
Senior Information Security Engineer Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Oct 06, 2014 $121,867 -
$172,100
SR. Information Security Engineer Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Nov 17, 2014 $121,867 -
$173,100
Senior Information Security Engineer Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 04, 2013 $121,347 -
$178,000
Senior Information Security Engineer Autodesk, Inc. San Rafael, CA Oct 25, 2013 $121,347 -
$178,000
SR Engineer, Enterprise Information Security T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Mar 10, 2016 $120,000
SR. Information Security Engineer Optech, LLC Auburn Hills, MI Jun 20, 2011 $104,000
SR. Information Security Engineer Optech, LLC Auburn Hills, MI Jun 16, 2011 $104,000
Senior Staff Information Security Engineer Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 05, 2012 $100,400 -
$115,450
Senior Information Security Engineer Ameriprise Financial, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Oct 08, 2016 $100,027 -
$144,100
SR. Information Security Engineer Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 14, 2011 $98,405 -
$105,000
SR. Engineer, Information Security Cardinal Health, Inc. Dublin, OH Nov 12, 2016 $98,259 -
$135,000
Senior Information Security Engineer LPL Financial LLC Charlotte, NC Jun 04, 2016 $97,074 -
$120,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Information Security Engineer

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  1. Network Security
  2. Compliance
  3. Vulnerability Assessments
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  • Tested, configured and documented changes to the Network Security baseline before deployment to production environment.
  • Managed information security budgets and expenditures while enforcing compliance with information technology standards.
  • Provided oversight and review of technical documents to include network diagrams, evaluations, and vulnerability assessments.
  • Identified and mitigated exploitation of multiple vulnerabilities affecting all Cisco ASA/PIX/FWSM firewalls.
  • Created Privacy Risk Management framework A Methodology for Privacy Risk Management of Personally Identifiable Information to help manage privacy risks.

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