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Information Assurance Engineer / Analyst

Career Area: Information Technology

Occupation Group: Network and Systems Engineering

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Information Assurance Engineer / Analyst earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $96,815

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $94,823

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Designs, plans, and deploys changes to current software architecture. Focuses mainly on security and risk assessment. Identifies current risks associated with software and hardware systems. Works with other security experts and employees to ensure the safety of both customer information and internal employees. Protects a company's digital assets from unauthorized access.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina163+33.2%
Nationwide4323+28.5%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Information Assurance Engineer / Analyst is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Research: Experience performing creative and systematic work to understand a product, market, or customer, either before building a new solution, or to troubleshoot an existing issue
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Writing: Experience expressing business messages effectively in written form. This may include planning drafting and revising as necessary.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Information Assurance: Information assurance (IA) is the practice of assuring information and managing risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data and the systems and processes used for those purposes.
  • Information Systems: An information system (IS) is an organized system for the collection, organization, storage and communication of information.
  • Information Security: Information security, sometimes shortened to InfoSec, is the practice of preventing unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, inspection, recording or destruction of information.
  • Risk Management Framework: Working experience with the federal government policy and standards to help secure information systems (computers and networks).
  • Certification & Accreditation: Certification and Accreditation (C&A or CnA) is a process for implementing any formal process.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Information Assurance Engineer / Analyst that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • ICD 503: ICD 503 was issued by the DNI (Director of National Intelligence) in 2008. DCID 6/3 was effectively rescinded and replaced almost in its entirety.
  • Configuration Management: Configuration management (CM) is a systems engineering process for establishing and maintaining consistency of a product's performance, functional, and physical attributes with its requirements, design, and operational information throughout its life.
  • NIST Security Standards: Working experience of NIST Security Standards, which is responsible for developing cybersecurity standards, guidelines, tests, and metrics for the protection of non-national security federal information systems.
  • Cybersecurity Assessment: Working experience of Cybersecurity Assessment, which is a diagnostic test that helps individuals, institutions or organizations identify their cybersecurity risk level and determine the maturity of their cybersecurity programs.
  • Xacta: Working experience of Xacta. Xacta Compliance Campaign Manager is the complete solution for streamlining and simplifying IT policy compliance by offering a single application to use for IT controls compliance, data gathering, and policy management in federal and commercial environments.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years11%
3 to 5 years42%
6 to 8 years25%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Information Assurance Analyst
  • Information Assurance Engineer
  • Information Architect
  • Information Assurance Specialist
  • Data/Information Architect

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