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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

  • $100,000

    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
Senior Security Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Consultant Security Manager
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Security Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Security Manager Security Director
Chief Of Security
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Vice President Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Of Technology And Services
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Team Manager Technical Support Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Solutions Architect Senior Technical Architect
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Business Office Manager Medical Records Director
Director Of Information
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Architect 2.5 years
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Senior Security Analyst
Analyst 4.7%
Consultant 4.3%
Top Careers After Senior Security Analyst
Consultant 5.4%
Manager 4.7%

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Senior Security Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

69.1%

Female

22.0%

Unknown

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

57.6%

Black or African American

13.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Asian

10.7%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

24.1%

French

13.0%

Russian

13.0%

German

9.3%

Korean

7.4%

Mandarin

5.6%

Italian

3.7%

Swedish

1.9%

Gujarati

1.9%

Hindi

1.9%

Dutch

1.9%

Ukrainian

1.9%

Lithuanian

1.9%

Thai

1.9%

Tibetan

1.9%

Cantonese

1.9%

Xiang

1.9%

Chinese

1.9%

Japanese

1.9%

Czech

1.9%
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Senior Security Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.4%

University of Maryland - University College

11.8%

Strayer University

8.8%

George Mason University

5.5%

Capital College

4.6%

Colorado Technical University

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

George Washington University

3.8%

Webster University

3.8%

Capella University

3.8%

The Academy

2.9%

University of New Haven

2.9%

Western Governors University

2.9%

American University

2.9%

Towson University

2.9%

Bellevue University

2.9%

Norwich University

2.5%

University of Pennsylvania

2.5%

West Virginia University

2.5%

Johns Hopkins University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

22.6%

Computer Systems Security

8.9%

Computer Science

8.4%

Finance

8.3%

Criminal Justice

7.3%

Computer Information Systems

7.2%

Information Technology

6.4%

Computer Networking

4.2%

Accounting

4.1%

Information Systems

3.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.0%

Economics

2.6%

Management

2.3%

Project Management

2.3%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

Political Science

1.8%

Psychology

1.6%

General Studies

1.4%

Engineering

1.3%

Marketing

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.2%

Masters

31.7%

Other

13.3%

Associate

7.2%

Doctorate

2.7%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.2%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Senior Security Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Security Analyst in the United States is $100,310 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $73,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $137,000.

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

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Procedures
  3. Vulnerability Assessments
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  • Define security requirements and operational procedures to ensure compliance with Walgreen s security framework.
  • Communicated with Facility Security Officers and managers regarding updates and common procedures.
  • Provided technical support to DOE RL in protection program management to include vulnerability assessments and risk analyses.
  • Provide technical and programmatic information security support to influence the design and implementation of secure networks and information technology systems.
  • Monitored and routinely audits compliance of all information security procedures and policies, and ensured consistency of internal controls across departments.

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