Information Assurance Analysts

Information Assurance Analyst Tests Data Security

Information assurance analysts ensure that data is protected during processing, storage, transmission, and usage. They assess risk factors and take steps to protect the data and the systems used to facilitate its use or storage from cyber criminals and spies, or from accidental release to the media, business competitors, or foreign governments. This data can range from credit card information and medical records, to trade secrets and intellectual property, to top secret government intelligence. Information assurance analysts (IAAs) are most commonly responsible for protecting digital data, but some also protect hard-copy data. They are also known as information assurance officers.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Information Assurance Officers
Duties Ensure the protection of data during storage, processing, transmission, and usage; assess information systems and risks; train employees in safeguarding information integrity; design plans for disaster response; check information handling and systems for compliance with protocol
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience Varies by employer
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Computer
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Background check and drug test typically required; security clearance and U.S. citizenship for government agencies and contractors
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Consultant or Chief Data/Security Officer
  • Information Assurance Manager
  • Senior Information Assurance Analyst
  • Information Assurance Analyst
  • Information Technology Worker