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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Security Engineer||Netflix, Inc.||Los Gatos, CA||Jun 15, 2015||$255,000 -
|Senior Application Security Engineer||Netflix||Los Gatos, CA||Apr 27, 2016||$230,000 -
|SR. Infrastructure Security Engineer||Templar Shield, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Apr 13, 2015||$200,000|
|SR. Product Security Engineer||Medallia, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 25, 2016||$190,000|
|Senior Security Engineer||Twitter, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 02, 2016||$180,000|
|Senior Staff Security Engineer||General Electric Company||San Ramon, CA||Nov 07, 2016||$180,000|
|Senior Manager of Security Engineering||OKTA, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 24, 2016||$172,000 -
|SR. Web Application Security Engineer, Trust Engineering||ROKU, Inc.||Saratoga, CA||Nov 01, 2016||$170,000|
|Senior Security Engineer||Wepay, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Oct 24, 2016||$170,000|
|Senior Staff Security Engineer, Secure Development Lifecycle||General Electric Company||San Ramon, CA||May 16, 2016||$170,000|
|SR. Security Engineer||Skyhigh Networks, Inc.||Campbell, CA||Oct 20, 2016||$165,000|
|Senior Applications Security Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jun 26, 2015||$165,000 -
|Senior Security Engineer||Lithium Technologies, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 31, 2016||$165,000|
|Senior Security Engineer||NCC Group, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 21, 2016||$145,000|
|Senior Application Security Engineer||SONY Interactive Entertainment Network America LLC||San Diego, CA||Oct 27, 2016||$141,820|
|Senior Application Security Engineer||SONY Network Entertainment International LLC||San Diego, CA||Nov 04, 2016||$141,820|
|Senior Security Engineer||Risk Management Solutions, Inc.||Newark, CA||Jul 31, 2016||$140,000 -
|Senior Security Engineer||Coupa Software Incorporated||San Mateo, CA||Jan 08, 2016||$140,000 -
|SR. Security Engineer-Infrastructure Security||Twilio Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 09, 2016||$140,000|
|Senior Security Engineer II||Knewton, Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 15, 2016||$140,000|
|SR. Security Engineer-Infrastructure Security||Twilio Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 20, 2015||$140,000|
|Senior Security Engineer||Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.||Rockville, MD||Feb 06, 2015||$121,347 -
|Senior Security Engineer||Cox Automotive, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Dec 19, 2016||$120,000|
|Senior Security Identity Management Engineer||National Rural Electric Cooperative Association||Arlington, VA||Jan 25, 2016||$120,000 -
|Senior Security Engineer||NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 29, 2016||$120,000 -
|Info SR. Security Engineer||Aetna Life Insurance Company||Plano, TX||Aug 29, 2016||$120,000|
|Senior Security Engineer||NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc.||Los Gatos, CA||Apr 02, 2015||$120,000 -
|Senior Applications Security Engineer||Staples, Inc.||Framingham, MA||Nov 21, 2016||$119,500 -
|Senior Security Engineer||Priceline.Com LLC||New York, NY||Aug 15, 2016||$118,934 -
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