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Working As A Director, Security Risk Management

  • 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

  • $131,600

    Average Salary

What Does A Director, Security Risk Management 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 Director, Security Risk Management

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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Director, Security Risk Management Demographics

Gender

Male

81.1%

Female

16.0%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

72.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Asian

8.3%

Unknown

2.5%

Black or African American

1.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

Russian

11.1%

German

11.1%

Arabic

11.1%

Hungarian

11.1%
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Director, Security Risk Management Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.0%

New York University

10.0%

Mid-Continent University

6.7%

University of Delaware

6.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

6.7%

Syracuse University

3.3%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.3%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

3.3%

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management

3.3%

University of Nevada - Reno

3.3%

Morgan State University

3.3%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

3.3%

Columbus State University

3.3%

University of Washington

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%

University of Mississippi

3.3%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.3%

Drexel University

3.3%

Western Carolina University

3.3%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.3%
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Majors

Business

28.2%

Criminal Justice

14.1%

Information Technology

7.0%

Finance

5.6%

Computer Science

5.6%

Computer Information Systems

4.2%

Computer Systems Security

4.2%

Law

4.2%

Information Systems

4.2%

Psychology

2.8%

Accounting

2.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.8%

Public Administration

2.8%

Real Estate

2.8%

Systems Engineering

1.4%

Linguistics

1.4%

Statistics

1.4%

Natural Resources Management

1.4%

English

1.4%

Writing

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Masters

27.6%

Other

21.8%

Doctorate

3.4%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

1.1%
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Real Director, Security Risk Management Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Data Security Risk Management, Audit & Complianc Adventist Health System Sunbelt Altamonte Springs, FL Feb 01, 2016 $175,001
Director, Information Security Risk Mgmt, Audit & Complianc Adventist Health System Sunbelt Altamonte Springs, FL Jun 16, 2016 $175,001
Director, Global Security & Risk Management Walgreen Co. Deerfield, IL Apr 08, 2016 $155,000
Director, Global Security & Risk Management Walgreen Co. Deerfield, IL Aug 17, 2015 $155,000

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Top Skills for A Director, Security Risk Management

RiskManagementComplianceRegulationsSafetyInspectionsInternalAuditCorporateSecurityPoliciesVulnerabilityLawEnforcementInformationSecurityGovernanceHipaaRiskAssessmentsManagementProgramISOOshaPCIDSSIncidentResponseNistCloudAssetLossPrevention

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Top Director, Security Risk Management Skills

  1. Risk Management
  2. Compliance Regulations
  3. Safety Inspections
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created a new risk management framework that is utilized globally within the company and incorporated into several products and tools.
  • Maintain confidential records, ensuring all compliance regulations are met.
  • Provide support for audit requests from internal auditors as well as Regulatory auditors.
  • Documented internal security controls to ensure adherence to corporate security policies and compliance regulations.
  • Assisted in development of remediation plans to mitigate this vulnerability to acceptable levels.

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