+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. Scruffy-looking nerfherdr tedjames's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Surf City, TX
    Posts
    828

    Certifications
    SSCP, Security+, eJPT +4
    #1

    Default Cyber Security Analyst position at State of Texas

    This is in my office at my agency. The functional title is Operations Specialist.

    Before anybody gives me a hard time about pay, remember that most state gubment jobs don't pay as well as the corporate world.

    More info here: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/hresource...st-0503-18.htm
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  2. SS
  3. They are watching you NetworkNewb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Off the grid
    Posts
    2,983

    Certifications
    A+/Net+/Sec+, CCENT, CCNA:Sec, CCSK, GCIH
    #2
    Seems like decent pay for an analyst position
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  4. Senior Member cyberguypr's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    6,308

    Certifications
    GCFE, GCED, GCIH, GSTRT, CISSP, CCSP, and others that should never be mentioned
    #3
    I agree, nothing seems insulting. I particularly like that the experience expectation is realistic.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  5. Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    125

    Certifications
    A+, N+
    #4
    I wish I was qualified for that type of position. For that kind of required experience and government work the pay is actually really good. Just one more reason to accelerate through my degree program.

    What is CoL like in Austin? I'm in Houston and it's pretty reasonable outside of our insane property taxes.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  6. Member thedudeabides's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    84

    Certifications
    Security+, CCNA R&S, JNCIA, C|EH, CCNA CyberOps
    #5
    Do you know if they offer any relocation assistance?
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  7. Scruffy-looking nerfherdr tedjames's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Surf City, TX
    Posts
    828

    Certifications
    SSCP, Security+, eJPT +4
    #6
    Sorry, no relocation assistance. I've never heard of the state paying for that.

    In Austin, some things appear to be higher, though according to this site, it's a little cheaper to live in Austin:

    https://www.nerdwallet.com/cost-of-l...ston-vs-austin

    Re: housing market, It's a buyer's market in Austin, from what I'm told. We would love to buy a new house, but property values have skyrocketed. We couldn't get a new house with the same mortgage payment as what we have now.

    Other benefits of working for the state: There's practically no overtime. Also, many state agencies, at least in Texas, collaborate on ideas, policies, etc. We're all in this together.

    Mike R, keep at it. The public sector has a massive shortage in qualified security personnel. I always advise people wanting to do a specific kind of job to look at job postings and then tailor your training/education toward that.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  8. Stayed at a Holiday Inn.. the_Grinch's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    4,024

    Certifications
    BS-CST MLS CISSP GMON MPSC Security+ XRY 1+2+3 XAMN AAA AA CMFF CCO CCPA
    #7
    If there are steps after that salary then it is amazing. In New Jersey, that'd be what you maxed out at for a similar position at the State OIT.
    WIP:
    Python
    Java
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  9. Scruffy-looking nerfherdr tedjames's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Surf City, TX
    Posts
    828

    Certifications
    SSCP, Security+, eJPT +4
    #8
    Quote Originally Posted by the_Grinch View Post
    If there are steps after that salary then it is amazing. In New Jersey, that'd be what you maxed out at for a similar position at the State OIT.
    There are definitely steps above. Up until 2007, we were known as Systems Analysts. Then we were changed to IT Security Analysts. In 2015, they introduced the Cyber Security Analyst position. I was one of the first to have that title. Many still have the IT Security Analyst title. They made the change to Cyber to try to break security away from IT and also to raise the salaries. It's tough to compete with private sector salaries.

    Here's the State of Texas job descriptions: Texas State Auditor's Office - Job Descriptions

    Scroll down to find info on IT Security Analyst and Cyber Security Analyst positions. Click on the Salary Group link (i.e., B25, etc.) to see pay ranges. Cyber Security Analyst III is a B29, which tops out at $156k.

    If anybody out of state applies for this position and gets called for an interview, I may (will have to check with HR, though) be able to arrange for a Skype video interview. You'd still have to pay your own moving expenses, though.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  10. Stayed at a Holiday Inn.. the_Grinch's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    4,024

    Certifications
    BS-CST MLS CISSP GMON MPSC Security+ XRY 1+2+3 XAMN AAA AA CMFF CCO CCPA
    #9
    Wow yeah that pay scale is awesome! Plus you guys have no state income tax which is a big selling point.
    WIP:
    Python
    Java
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  11. Scruffy-looking nerfherdr tedjames's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Surf City, TX
    Posts
    828

    Certifications
    SSCP, Security+, eJPT +4
    #10
    Quote Originally Posted by the_Grinch View Post
    Wow yeah that pay scale is awesome! Plus you guys have no state income tax which is a big selling point.
    Very much true. Other benefits include a ton of holidays and a decent retirement plan. We actually have vision insurance.

    Also, once you're vested, you get benefits for life.
    Last edited by tedjames; 05-13-2018 at 02:11 PM.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  12. Dude
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    79

    Certifications
    CCNA Cyber Ops, CISSP, Security +/Ce
    #11
    No state income tax is a bonus for sure. But Texas (from my experience) has higher property taxes than others. If you're considering relocating make sure you look at the entire financial picture.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  13. Senior Member Moldygr33nb3an's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    The Oasis
    Posts
    239

    Certifications
    A+, Network+, Security+, Project+, CSA+, CASP, CEHv9, CCNA R&S/Security, eJPT
    #12
    Pay isn't bad at all. Once I finish a year where I'm at (September) I'd love to work for the state of Texas (I'm Federal currently)
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  14. Scruffy-looking nerfherdr tedjames's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Surf City, TX
    Posts
    828

    Certifications
    SSCP, Security+, eJPT +4
    #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Moldygr33nb3an View Post
    Pay isn't bad at all. Once I finish a year where I'm at (September) I'd love to work for the state of Texas (I'm Federal currently)
    Word is that a couple more agencies have or are about to post security positions. I'd say apply now rather than waiting until September. Don't want to miss an opportunity.

    You can look for state work here: Job Search | Texas Workforce Commission
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  15. Senior Member adam220891's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    SC
    Posts
    162

    Certifications
    CCNP: R&S, CCDA, CCNA: Security, CCNA: Cyber Ops, CSA+, Project+, Linux+
    #14
    Quote Originally Posted by tedjames View Post
    Sorry, no relocation assistance. I've never heard of the state paying for that.

    In Austin, some things appear to be higher, though according to this site, it's a little cheaper to live in Austin:

    https://www.nerdwallet.com/cost-of-l...ston-vs-austin

    Re: housing market, It's a buyer's market in Austin, from what I'm told. We would love to buy a new house, but property values have skyrocketed. We couldn't get a new house with the same mortgage payment as what we have now.

    Other benefits of working for the state: There's practically no overtime. Also, many state agencies, at least in Texas, collaborate on ideas, policies, etc. We're all in this together.

    Mike R, keep at it. The public sector has a massive shortage in qualified security personnel. I always advise people wanting to do a specific kind of job to look at job postings and then tailor your training/education toward that.
    That’s a sellers market, not a buyers market...
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  16. Scruffy-looking nerfherdr tedjames's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Surf City, TX
    Posts
    828

    Certifications
    SSCP, Security+, eJPT +4
    #15
    Quote Originally Posted by adam220891 View Post
    That’s a sellers market, not a buyers market...
    So it is. I always get those two mixed up. All I know is that our property value keeps going up. That sounds like a good thing, but essentially it means that our property taxes are also going up.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

+ Reply to Thread

Social Networking & Bookmarks