Information Assurance Analyst Salary
Average Information Assurance Analysts in the United States make around $73K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though experience level and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Information Assurance Analysts report high levels of job satisfaction. Information Assurance Analysts who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Job Description for Information Assurance Analyst
Information assurance analysts are mainly responsible for the planning, implementation, upgrading, and/or monitoring of security measures which make up the protection of corporate or government computer networks. They are responsible for ensuring that security controls are in place to protect both the electronic data itself and the electronic infrastructure in which it is stored. In addition, their job may require them to respond to attacks on the company’s computer systems via viruses or other security breaches. As a fairly new job category, information assurance analysts are part of the greater, more well-known job category of information security analysis.Read More...
Their job requires information assurance analysts to discuss computer access issues, security violations and program changes with other users. A good deal of time is spent documenting security and emergency measures policies/procedures and the tests that go with them. Information assurance analysts also train users on IT security measures and policies. Besides coordinating new computer system implementations, they also monitor existing systems, correct errors, and may change user access rights to prevent security breaches.
For government jobs, certain government certifications and programs are required in combination with a Bachelor's degree and a "security+" certification. Additional qualifications which may be helpful include experience in documenting meetings and the ability to adapt to quickly-changing situations. A Bachelor’s degree in the IT field is highly beneficial.
For corporate jobs in general, Bachelor’s degrees in Business, Computer Science, Information Systems or equivalent work experience are required.
For both government and corporate jobs, a knowledge of security frameworks, standards, and guidelines is preferred, and experience in computer security operations, policies/standards, and IT threat management can be extremely useful.
Information Assurance Analyst Tasks
- Safeguard organizational data by analyzing architecture, conducting audits, and enforcing policies.
- Communicate alerts organization-wide and to appropriate external bodies.
- Lead incident response, including reporting and mitigating data breaches or losses.
- Develop strategies to reduce risk, protect privacy, and increase overall information security.
Popular Employer Salaries for Information Assurance Analyst
Popular Skills for Information Assurance Analyst
Information Assurance Analysts who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Security Testing and Auditing, Security Policies and Procedures, Security Risk Management, and IT Security & Infrastructure are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Security Intrusion Detection. Most people familiar with Security Policies and Procedures also know Security Testing and Auditing and IT Security & Infrastructure.
Pay by Experience Level for Information Assurance Analyst
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $62K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $82K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Information Assurance Analysts make a median salary of $97K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $93K.
Pay Difference by Location
Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Information Assurance Analysts, 39 percent above the national average. Information Assurance Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Arlington (+37 percent). Information Assurance Analysts' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Information Assurance Analysts in Norfolk bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Huntsville and San Diego (10 percent lower).
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