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Working As A Senior Security & Network Engineer

  • 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

  • $90,120

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Security & Network Engineer 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 & Network Engineer

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 & Network Engineer Typical Career Paths

Average Length of Employment
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Security Engineer 2.3 years
Firewall Engineer 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Top Employers After
Manager 2.6%
Analyst 2.6%

Senior Security & Network Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

87.0%

Female

13.0%
Ethnicity

White

70.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Asian

11.5%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

1.9%
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Languages Spoken

Carrier

100.0%

Senior Security & Network Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.7%

Strayer University

11.1%

DePaul University

11.1%

Post University

5.6%

College of DuPage

5.6%

Community College of the Air Force

5.6%

University of Alabama

5.6%

Art Institute of Phoenix

5.6%

Colorado Technical University

5.6%

Arizona State University

5.6%

Western Governors University

5.6%

William Paterson University of New Jersey

5.6%

Macomb Community College

5.6%

A-Technical College

5.6%
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Majors

Business

16.7%

Information Technology

13.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

6.7%

Computer Information Systems

6.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.7%

Computer Science

6.7%

Sociology

3.3%

Finance

3.3%

Fine Arts

3.3%

Architectural Technology

3.3%

Computer Systems Security

3.3%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Computer Programming

3.3%

Communication

3.3%

Computer Networking

3.3%

Biotechnology

3.3%

Business Economics

3.3%

Information Systems

3.3%

Project Management

3.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.0%

Masters

23.3%

Associate

20.0%

Other

3.3%

Diploma

3.3%
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Real Senior Security & Network Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Networking & Security Software Engineer Robin Systems, Inc. Milpitas, CA Sep 30, 2015 $170,000
Senior Network Security Engineer Networking for Future, Inc. Washington, DC Jan 06, 2016 $158,100
Senior Network Security Engineer Networking for Future, Inc. Washington, DC Jun 01, 2014 $155,000
Senior Network Security Engineer Akamai Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 02, 2016 $150,000 -
$175,000
SR. Network Security Engineer Stroz Friedberg, LLC New York, NY Dec 12, 2016 $140,000
SR. Network Security Engineer Ing Financial Services LLC Totowa, NJ May 21, 2016 $139,100
Senior Security Network Engineer Hotwire Communications Miramar, FL Aug 23, 2016 $137,500
Senior Network Security Engineer Shutterfly, Inc. Redwood City, CA Mar 10, 2015 $135,000
Senior Security Network Engineer Hotwire Communications Miramar, FL Aug 23, 2016 $135,000
Senior Network Security Engineer Ing Financial Services LLC Totowa, NJ Nov 10, 2014 $135,000
Senior Network Security Engineer Itson Inc. Redwood City, CA Nov 16, 2015 $130,000 -
$137,000
SR. Network Security Engineer Shutterfly, Inc. Redwood City, CA Nov 29, 2016 $129,210
Senior Network Security Engineer Arbor Networks Sterling, VA Jun 01, 2016 $126,053
Senior Network Security Engineer Arbor Networks, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI May 19, 2014 $122,000
Senior Network Security Engineer Arbor Networks, Inc. Sterling, VA May 15, 2014 $122,000
SR. Network and Security Engineer, Cloud Systems Navisite, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 15, 2011 $120,000
Senior Engineer, Network Security Spirent Communications Sunnyvale, CA May 11, 2015 $117,000 -
$122,000
Senior Network Security Engineer Akamai Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 10, 2014 $115,200 -
$164,000
Senior Network Security Engineer Akamai Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 07, 2014 $115,200 -
$164,000
Senior Network Security Engineer Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Aug 31, 2015 $115,000
Senior Engineer-Network Security Verizon Business Network Services, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 06, 2016 $114,577
Senior Network and Security Engineer Navisite, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 28, 2010 $105,000
Senior Network Security Engineer Arbor Networks, Inc. Sterling, VA May 15, 2014 $102,700 -
$122,000
Senior Engineer-Network Security Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA Aug 24, 2015 $100,000
Senior Network Engineer, Security Atrion Networking Corporation Warwick, RI Aug 30, 2015 $100,000 -
$110,000
Senior Engineer-Network Security Verizon Business Network Services, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 10, 2013 $100,000
Senior Network Security Engineer Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Oct 01, 2015 $100,000
Senior Network and Security Engineer Gemalto, Inc. Austin, TX Jul 18, 2016 $96,221 -
$97,221
SR. Network & Security Engineer Intuitive Technology Partners Inc. Holmdel, NJ Jun 09, 2016 $96,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Security & Network Engineer

FirewallRulesLan/WanVPNASAServersTcp/IpCheckpointF5LoadBalancersPIXRouteMapsBGPJuniperSRXProtocolsWindowsWebHsrpHighAvailabilityIpsecOspfEigrp

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Top Senior Security & Network Engineer Skills

  1. Firewall Rules
  2. Lan/Wan
  3. VPN
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Review and optimize firewall rules using Secure Track Tufin tool and run firewall audit reports.
  • Monitored the LAN/WAN for Hackers and using Cisco Mars/IDS/IPS.
  • Configured/managed Site to Site VPN tunnels between sites.
  • Configured URL filtering on Blue coat and Cisco 7200 routers and ASA 5580 firewalls.
  • Upgraded/configured software/firmware on network hardware devices/servers.

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