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Working As A Senior 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

  • $107,610

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 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 Security Analyst Career Paths

Senior Security Analyst
Subject Matter Expert Information Technology Analyst Information Security Analyst
Assurance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Safety Manager Program Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Securities Consultant Sales Manager Program Manager
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Service Delivery Manager Technical Services Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Senior Manager Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Information Technology Specialist Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Security Analyst Senior Security Engineer Security Manager
Information Security Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Securities Consultant Information Security Consultant
Information Security Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Securities Consultant Security Officer Technical Support Specialist
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Portfolio Manager Finance Advisor Business Analyst
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Portfolio Manager Assistant Vice President Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Security Analyst Information Security Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Principal Analyst 3.3 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Security Architect 2.3 years
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Security Engineer 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.7%
Analyst 3.6%
Manager 3.2%
Top Employers After
Manager 4.7%
Consultant 3.8%

Senior Security Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

75.0%

Female

22.6%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

76.1%

Asian

10.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

1.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.1%

French

15.2%

German

8.7%

Russian

6.5%

Italian

6.5%

Korean

4.3%

Arabic

4.3%

Swedish

2.2%

Gujarati

2.2%

Hindi

2.2%

Dutch

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Ukrainian

2.2%

Thai

2.2%

Tibetan

2.2%

Filipino

2.2%

Hebrew

2.2%

Serbian

2.2%

Xiang

2.2%

Chinese

2.2%
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Senior Security Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.3%

University of Maryland - University College

12.4%

Strayer University

6.7%

George Mason University

6.2%

Colorado Technical University

5.6%

Norwich University

3.9%

George Washington University

3.9%

American University

3.9%

Georgetown University

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

The Academy

3.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.4%

University of Pennsylvania

2.8%

Webster University

2.8%

Georgia State University

2.8%

Harvard University

2.8%

Capital College

2.8%

Capella University

2.8%

National University

2.2%
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Majors

Business

19.0%

Computer Systems Security

10.2%

Criminal Justice

9.4%

Computer Science

8.6%

Computer Information Systems

8.2%

Finance

6.9%

Information Technology

6.2%

Accounting

4.0%

Computer Networking

3.7%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Information Systems

3.2%

Project Management

2.7%

Management

2.5%

Communication

2.2%

Economics

2.0%

Political Science

1.8%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Public Administration

1.7%

Education

1.5%

Engineering

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.0%

Masters

30.3%

Other

16.4%

Associate

6.6%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

3.5%

Diploma

1.5%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Security Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Security Analyst Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Nov 28, 2016 $175,000
Senior Security Analyst Judge Technical Services, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Aug 10, 2015 $151,000
Senior Security Analyst Viacom International Inc. New York, NY Nov 10, 2014 $150,000
Senior Commercial Mortgage Backed Security Analyst Bloomberg L.P. New York, NY Nov 18, 2016 $147,805 -
$200,000
Senior Security Analyst Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 03, 2016 $145,878
Data Management Senior Security Analyst Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Feb 13, 2015 $145,000
Senior Security Software Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 11, 2014 $144,480
Senior Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities Analyst Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Oct 05, 2015 $140,000
Senior Security Analyst Viacom International, Inc. (D/B/A Viacom Media Net New York, NY May 05, 2016 $138,800
Senior Security Analyst Delicatessen Services Company LLC Sarasota, FL Jul 09, 2016 $137,350
Info. Security Continuity of Business Controls SR. Citigroup Technology, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Oct 06, 2014 $135,000
Senior Security Analyst Servicenow, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 23, 2015 $133,453 -
$162,500
Senior Security Analyst SONY Network Entertainment International LLC San Diego, CA Oct 06, 2016 $128,660
Senior Security Analyst Stach & Liu, LLC New York, NY Jul 03, 2016 $118,830 -
$130,000
SR. Info. Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Foster City, CA Aug 26, 2016 $117,122 -
$160,970
SR. Security Infrastructure Adminsitrator Symantec Corporation Culver City, CA Oct 23, 2015 $115,000
Senior Security Analyst Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 21, 2016 $114,336
Senior Security Analyst SONY Network Entertainment International LLC San Diego, CA Jun 04, 2016 $113,485
Senior Security Analyst-CNE BG or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 14, 2016 $111,636 -
$131,636
Senior Security Administrator Analyst American International Group, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Jan 13, 2016 $111,176
Senior Analyst, Security Risk & Compliance Cvent, Inc. McLean, VA Nov 07, 2016 $110,000
Senior Security Analyst-Business Continuity Management SONY Network Entertainment International LLC San Diego, CA Nov 10, 2014 $93,558 -
$105,000
SAP Senior Security Analyst The Scotts Company LLC Marysville, OH Apr 01, 2016 $92,800 -
$125,600
SR. Info. Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Austin, TX Oct 09, 2016 $92,200 -
$147,500
SR. Info. Security Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 24, 2015 $91,104 -
$136,000
Security Analyst Senior Anthem, Inc. Chantilly, VA Aug 28, 2015 $91,062
Senior Security Analyst Tpusa, Inc. Holladay, UT Sep 29, 2015 $90,000
Senior Security Risk Analyst Finsoft Consultants, Inc. Boston, MA Nov 30, 2015 $89,835
Senior Security Risk Analyst Finsoft Consultants Inc. Boston, MA Nov 30, 2015 $89,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Security Analyst

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Top Senior Security Analyst Skills

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Procedures
  3. Vulnerability Assessments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Engineered and implemented process controls to ensure compliance with securities regulations and audit controls.
  • Originated documentation procedures to evaluate Cisco router and switch configuration files to maximize security.
  • Assist in regular penetration testing and vulnerability assessments of systems in order to identify system vulnerabilities.
  • Document and maintain information security policies, procedures and industry regulations.
  • Conducted security evaluations and risk assessments of applications, infrastructure, and network interfaces.

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