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Working As A Senior Security Specialist

  • 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

  • $95,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Security Specialist 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 Specialist

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 Specialist Career Paths

Senior Security Specialist
Security Manager
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Loss Prevention Manager
Director-Loss Prevention
9 Yearsyrs
Security Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Manager Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Operations Director Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Analyst Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Analyst Project Manager Chief Executive Officer
Deputy Director Of Operations
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Production Manager Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Operations Manager Operations Project Manager
Deputy Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Director President/Chief Executive Officer Security Director
Director Of Public Safety
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Area Supervisor Loss Prevention Manager
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Director Director Of Facilities Security Director
Chief Of Security
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager Information Technology Security Manager
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Deputy Program Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Manager 3.7 years
Top Careers Before Senior Security Specialist
Consultant 3.2%
Internship 2.6%
Top Careers After Senior Security Specialist
Consultant 4.0%
Director 3.4%

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Senior Security Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

62.8%

Female

28.1%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

59.6%

Black or African American

14.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

German

13.3%

Portuguese

6.7%

Japanese

6.7%

French

6.7%

Italian

6.7%
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Senior Security Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.9%

University of Maryland - University College

9.4%

Webster University

9.4%

Strayer University

6.5%

The Academy

6.5%

Virginia Commonwealth University

5.8%

Liberty University

4.3%

American University

4.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.3%

Park University

4.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.3%

John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York

3.6%

Villanova University

3.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.6%

University of Central Florida

2.9%

Troy University

2.9%

Kaplan University

2.9%

Towson University

2.9%

Amberton University

2.9%

Capella University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

26.4%

Criminal Justice

24.5%

Computer Science

5.1%

Management

3.4%

Psychology

3.4%

Finance

3.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.4%

Homeland Security

3.2%

Management Information Systems

3.0%

Computer Systems Security

3.0%

Project Management

2.5%

Public Administration

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

Information Technology

2.3%

General Studies

2.1%

Economics

2.1%

Information Systems

2.1%

Accounting

2.1%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Education

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.3%

Masters

21.9%

Other

20.9%

Associate

7.0%

Certificate

4.1%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$95,000
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$61,000
Min 10%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
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$149,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Foster City, CA
Highest Paying State
Connecticut
Avg Experience Level
4.1 years
How much does a Senior Security Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Security Specialist in the United States is $95,960 per year or $46 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $149,000.

Real Senior Security Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Security Specialist BR Global Learning and Consulting Corp. San Juan, PR Feb 16, 2011 $529,656
SR. Peoplesoft Security & Integration Specialist Sierra-Cedar, Inc. Cincinnati, OH Sep 03, 2015 $217,048
SR. Peoplesoft Security & Integration Specialist Sierra-Cedar, Inc. Gainesville, FL Jul 07, 2016 $208,366
Data Protection Senior Architect/Info Security Specialist Inovant, LLC Foster City, CA Nov 26, 2016 $173,056 -
$218,665
Senior Securities/Product Specialist Merrill Lynch New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $165,000 -
$185,000
SR. Peoplesoft Interaction HUB, Security and Integration Specialist Sierra-Cedar, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Feb 12, 2016 $142,730
VP; SR. Securities Product Specialist Bank of America N.A. New York, NY Nov 03, 2014 $140,000 -
$160,000
Senior Security Penetration Tester-Specialist TSR Consulting Services, Inc. Arlington, VA Apr 25, 2016 $130,000
Senior SAP Security Specialist Honeywell International Inc. Golden Valley, MN Jan 24, 2011 $130,000
Senior Security Specialist Genentech Inc. South San Francisco, CA Jul 15, 2016 $129,210
Senior Data Security Specialist Valero Energy Corporation San Antonio, TX May 03, 2016 $123,342
SR. Enterprise Network Security Expert Trigyn Technologies, Inc. New York, NY Mar 01, 2010 $115,000
Senior Security Specialist Nokia Inc. Burlington, MA Dec 06, 2010 $113,781
Senior Security Specialist I Electronic Arts Inc. Austin, TX Sep 24, 2012 $112,176
Senior SAP Security Specialist International Rectifier Corporation Chandler, AZ Dec 24, 2015 $110,000
Senior SAP Security Specialist International Rectifier Corporation Chandler, AZ Sep 19, 2013 $110,000
Senior Security Specialist DHA Group, Inc. Alexandria, VA Dec 09, 2015 $100,000 -
$110,000
Senior Security Specialist DHA Group, Inc. Alexandria, VA Oct 01, 2014 $100,000 -
$110,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Security Specialist

  1. Security Procedures
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Information Technology
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  • Enforced security programs by conducting periodic review of physical security procedures and implementing a proactive awareness program through the Command.
  • Key player in developing STAAT policies to ensure compliance with NCIS mandated organizational, training, and standard operating procedures.
  • Collaborated with Information Technology to enhance and automate manual daily functions in internal and external users.
  • Created and implemented Fixed Facility Checklists ensuring information, facility, and physical security are documented for the Government.
  • Analyzed and provided release/clearance recommendations on all source materials being prepared for public briefs and/or public disclosure as regulated by FOIA/PA.

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