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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

  • $107,610

    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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Average Length of Employment
Security Manager 3.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.4%
Justice 2.7%
Volunteer 2.7%
Top Employers After
Director 5.0%
Consultant 4.5%

Senior Security Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

69.7%

Female

28.6%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

79.2%

Hispanic or Latino

10.2%

Asian

8.3%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.5%

Portuguese

9.1%

German

9.1%

Japanese

9.1%

French

9.1%

Italian

9.1%
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Senior Security Specialist Education

Schools

Webster University

11.4%

University of Maryland - University College

10.1%

University of Phoenix

10.1%

The Academy

6.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

5.1%

Troy University

5.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.1%

College of DuPage

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

College of Southern Nevada

3.8%

American University

3.8%

Park University

3.8%

University of North Texas

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Villanova University

3.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.8%

Temple University

2.5%

Western Governors University

2.5%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

2.5%
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Majors

Business

24.2%

Criminal Justice

23.8%

Computer Information Systems

4.4%

Management Information Systems

4.0%

Homeland Security

4.0%

Management

3.6%

Computer Science

3.6%

Liberal Arts

3.6%

Psychology

3.2%

Information Technology

2.8%

Accounting

2.8%

Project Management

2.4%

General Studies

2.4%

Education

2.4%

Public Administration

2.4%

Political Science

2.0%

Finance

2.0%

Computer Systems Security

2.0%

Computer Networking

2.0%

Human Resources Management

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.6%

Masters

24.6%

Other

23.1%

Associate

6.3%

Certificate

4.5%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.3%
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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

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Top Senior Security Specialist Skills

  1. Personnel Security
  2. Security Procedures
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct evaluations of reports of personnel security investigations for potential employees working for the United States Department of Agriculture.
  • Enforced security programs by conducting periodic review of physical security procedures and implementing a proactive awareness program through the Command.
  • Monitor State and local Homeland Security sub-grants to ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state rules and regulations.
  • Administered a multi-disciplined security program including Personnel Security, Information Security, Industrial Security, Public Release, and Information Assurance.
  • Managed budget forecast for work force and physical security equipment requirements.

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