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Working As A Senior Security Architect

  • 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 Architect 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 Architect

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 Architect 2.3 years
Security Engineer 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 6.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.5%
Principal 4.1%
Manager 3.4%
Architect 2.7%

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Senior Security Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

89.9%

Female

6.1%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

57.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

9.9%

Unknown

6.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

German

20.0%

Russian

20.0%

Irish

20.0%
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Senior Security Architect Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.8%

National University

8.3%

Capella University

8.3%

Norwich University

6.3%

University of Maryland - University College

6.3%

University of South Florida

4.2%

New York University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Western Illinois University

4.2%

Stanford University

4.2%

George Washington University

4.2%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.2%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.2%

Cornell University

4.2%

American Sentinel University - Aurora

4.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.1%

University of Florida

2.1%

University of the West

2.1%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

2.1%

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

2.1%
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Majors

Business

15.6%

Computer Science

13.1%

Computer Information Systems

10.7%

Information Technology

8.2%

Computer Systems Security

7.4%

Information Systems

6.6%

Criminal Justice

5.7%

Management Information Systems

4.1%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Management

3.3%

Finance

3.3%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Computer Networking

2.5%

Interdisciplinary Studies

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Political Science

1.6%

Computer Applications

1.6%

Architecture

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%
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Degrees

Masters

42.4%

Bachelors

29.1%

Other

17.2%

Associate

4.6%

Doctorate

2.6%

Certificate

2.0%

Diploma

2.0%
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Real Senior Security Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Security Architect Cradle Systems, LLC Washington, DC Sep 24, 2016 $250,440
Senior Security Architect Cradle Systems, LLC Washington, DC Jul 01, 2015 $208,700 -
$344,355
Senior Security Architect Home Depot USA, Inc. Dublin, CA Sep 14, 2015 $190,000
Senior Security Architect Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Nov 28, 2016 $175,000
Senior Security Architect Go Daddy.Com, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Dec 21, 2011 $173,508
SR. Security Architect-Data Protection Inovant LLC Austin, TX Nov 04, 2016 $166,978 -
$186,000
Senior Security Architect Godaddy.Com, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Mar 01, 2010 $160,000
Senior Security Architect Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. Glendale, CA Oct 21, 2016 $150,800
Senior Security Architect Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Feb 22, 2016 $150,000
Senior Security Architect & Consultant Wolcott Systems Group, LLC Fairlawn, OH Apr 01, 2011 $135,000
SR. Security Architect-Data Protection Inovant, LLC Austin, TX Jan 06, 2014 $120,000 -
$170,000
SR. Security Architect Equifax Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 17, 2011 $120,000
Senior Security Technologist/Architect Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Mar 21, 2012 $118,599
Senior Security Architect Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. Glendale, CA Mar 17, 2016 $116,500 -
$150,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Security Architect

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  1. Network Security
  2. Compliance
  3. Infrastructure
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  • Network Security Architect design and review, active directory restructuring and management.
  • Audit and exploitation of various systems internal to GameStop to verify security implementation and compliance with written security policy.
  • Passed a Nuclear Regulatory Commission audit and a Homeland Security audit on securing a National critical infrastructure network.
  • Implemented a lab environment to test out vendor firewalls, anti-virus, scanners, and patch upgrades.
  • Performed vulnerability assessments on critical digital assets and provided a solution to harden those systems.

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