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Working As A Senior 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

  • $107,610

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 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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Senior Security Consultant Career Paths

Senior Security Consultant
Security Architect Solutions Architect Program Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Technology Auditor Information Technology Manager Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Technology Auditor Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Architect Information Security Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Safety Manager Program Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Analyst Senior Information Security Analyst
Information Security Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Architect Senior Project Manager Vice President And Manager
Information Security Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Account Manager Business Analyst
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager Service Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Sales Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Architect Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Senior Project Manager
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Security Consultant Information Security Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Engineer 2.3 years
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Security Architect 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 6.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.3%
Manager 3.5%

Senior Security Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

81.7%

Female

14.9%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

73.9%

Asian

11.6%

Hispanic or Latino

10.0%

Unknown

3.2%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Portuguese

25.0%

Dutch

8.3%

Persian

8.3%

French

8.3%

Carrier

8.3%

Hindi

8.3%
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Senior Security Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.3%

University of Maryland - University College

8.4%

Norwich University

6.0%

Strayer University

6.0%

Capella University

4.8%

James Madison University

4.8%

North Carolina State University

3.6%

Fortis College - Norfolk

3.6%

Wright State University

3.6%

Radford University

3.6%

New York University

3.6%

Webster University

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Columbia Southern University

3.6%

Jones International University

3.6%

George Washington University

3.6%

Northeastern University

3.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.6%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.6%

George Mason University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

21.8%

Computer Science

12.9%

Information Technology

7.3%

Criminal Justice

6.9%

Computer Systems Security

6.9%

Computer Information Systems

6.6%

Finance

5.9%

Management Information Systems

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Management

3.3%

Information Systems

3.3%

Communication

2.6%

Computer Networking

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Education

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

General Studies

1.3%

Political Science

1.3%

Computer Applications

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.0%

Masters

31.6%

Other

19.2%

Associate

5.4%

Doctorate

2.9%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

1.9%

License

0.2%
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Real Senior Security Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Security Analysis SR. Consultant Secureworks, Inc. Atlanta, GA Apr 29, 2013 $150,000
Senior Security Consultant Cigital, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 30, 2014 $145,000
SR. Security Consultant Cigital, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 28, 2015 $132,000
Senior Security Consultant Cigital, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 30, 2012 $132,000
Senior Security Consultant Cigital, Inc. Boston, MA Mar 19, 2014 $130,000
Senior Security Consultant Cigital, Inc. New York, NY Sep 18, 2014 $125,000
Senior Security Consultant-IAM Optiv Security Inc. Overland Park, KS Jul 21, 2016 $125,000
Senior Security Consultant-IAM Optiv Security Inc. Overland Park, KS Jul 25, 2016 $125,000
Senior Security Consultant Cigital, Inc. New York, NY Sep 14, 2014 $122,000
SR. Security Consultant Leviathan Security Group, Inc. Seattle, WA Nov 15, 2016 $120,000
Senior Security Consultant Cigital, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jul 30, 2015 $120,000
Senior Security Consultant Cigital, Inc. Dulles Town Center, VA Jul 30, 2015 $120,000
Senior Security Consultant Cigital, Inc. New York, NY Sep 11, 2013 $120,000
Senior Security Consultant Cigital, Inc. Bethesda, MD Jun 16, 2015 $118,000
Senior Security Consultant Cigital, Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 15, 2016 $110,000 -
$147,000
Senior Security Consultant Ioactive, Inc. Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2010 $110,000
Senior Security Consultant Ioactive, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 25, 2010 $110,000
Senior Consultant, Infrastructure Security Open Sky Corporation Tolland, CT Dec 15, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
Senior Consultant, Infrastructure Security Open Sky Corporation Tolland, CT Feb 26, 2014 $110,000 -
$113,000
Senior Consultant, Infrastructure Security Opensky Corporation Tolland, CT Feb 23, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
Senior Security Consultant IBM India Private Limited Petaluma, CA Oct 19, 2015 $108,160
Senior Consultant, Application Security Denim Group San Antonio, TX May 07, 2016 $105,997 -
$120,000
Senior Security Consultant Security Weaver LLC Novi, MI Mar 10, 2016 $101,483 -
$120,000
Senior Security Consultant Cigital, Inc. Reston, VA Sep 29, 2015 $100,000
Senior Security Consultant Cigital, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Jan 12, 2015 $100,000
Senior Corporate Security Consultant Materion Services Inc. Mayfield Heights, OH Sep 10, 2014 $99,694 -
$147,187
Senior Consultant, Application Security Denim Group San Antonio, TX Dec 07, 2016 $98,883 -
$120,000
Senior Security Infrastructure Consultant Optum Services, Inc. Plymouth, MN Apr 28, 2014 $98,405 -
$130,000
Senior Security Infrastructure Consultant Optum Services, Inc. Plymouth, MN Apr 21, 2014 $98,405 -
$123,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Security Consultant

ComplianceProceduresVulnerabilityAssessmentsFirewallInfrastructureInformationSecurityPoliciesSecurityArchitectureRiskAssessmentsSecurityAuditsSecurityConsultantPCIDSSWebSOXAccessControlHipaaNistIdentityRiskManagementSecurityAssessmentsISO

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Top Senior Security Consultant Skills

  1. Compliance
  2. Procedures
  3. Vulnerability Assessments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked for Accucode on limited engagement to work with and advise their clients on Information Security and Compliance Issues.
  • Performed enforcement and security of all applicable procedures and protocols to ensure the highest level of safety and security.
  • Network scanning, network vulnerability assessments, audits and vulnerability resolution using commercial and open source tools.
  • Direct involvement in a wide range of security issues including architectures, firewalls, electronic data traffic, and network access.
  • Set policy and strategic direction as it pertains to security solutions and infrastructure.

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