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Working As An Information Security Manager

  • 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

  • $110,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Security Manager 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 An Information Security Manager

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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Average Length of Employment
Security Architect 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Information Security Manager
Consultant 5.2%
Manager 4.8%
Top Careers After Information Security Manager
Consultant 4.7%

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Information Security Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

77.0%

Female

13.7%

Unknown

9.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.9%

Swahili

7.1%

Portuguese

7.1%

Chinese

7.1%

Japanese

7.1%

Thai

7.1%

Mandarin

7.1%

Korean

7.1%

Arabic

7.1%
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Information Security Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.8%

University of Maryland - University College

7.7%

Colorado Technical University

7.7%

American University

6.8%

Community College of the Air Force

6.3%

Webster University

5.8%

Capella University

5.8%

Norwich University

4.8%

Strayer University

4.8%

Western Governors University

3.9%

University of Utah

3.4%

Robert Morris University

2.9%

American InterContinental University

2.9%

Bellevue University

2.9%

George Washington University

2.4%

Arizona State University

2.4%

Nova Southeastern University

2.4%

Old Dominion University

2.4%

DePaul University

2.4%

Naval Postgraduate School

2.4%
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Majors

Business

23.6%

Information Technology

12.5%

Computer Information Systems

10.2%

Computer Science

9.6%

Computer Systems Security

8.7%

Information Systems

4.6%

Management Information Systems

4.3%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

Management

3.5%

Accounting

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.1%

Electrical Engineering

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Finance

1.9%

Economics

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Mathematics

1.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.0%

General Studies

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

38.5%

Bachelors

36.3%

Other

13.2%

Associate

6.2%

Doctorate

3.1%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

0.3%
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$78,000
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Median 50%
$110,000
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$155,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Intuit
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does an Information Security Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Security Manager in the United States is $111,031 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $79,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $155,000.

Real Information Security Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Information Security Manager Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Aug 18, 2016 $192,000 -
$253,900
Manager, Information Security and Privacy Upwork, Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 15, 2016 $185,000
Pi-Advisory-Itrt-Information Security-Power & Utilities Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Jose, CA Oct 20, 2015 $179,300
Information Security Manager Exodus Intelligence LLC Austin, TX Nov 21, 2016 $175,000
Information Security Risk Manager Robert Half International Inc. San Ramon, CA Dec 28, 2014 $160,784 -
$199,550
Information Security Manager American Chemical Society Washington, DC Sep 26, 2016 $153,072
Information Security Manager Accelerated Innovators, Inc. Livingston, NJ Jan 09, 2012 $150,000
Information Security Manager Mechanics Bank Hercules, CA Sep 20, 2016 $150,000
Information Security Manager IMC Americas, Inc. Chicago, IL Dec 23, 2016 $150,000
Information Security Manager Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Sep 29, 2014 $147,820 -
$203,200
Information Security Manager The Children's Place Services Company, LLC Secaucus, NJ Dec 11, 2015 $145,000
Manager, Information Security SONY Pictures Studios Inc. Culver City, CA Aug 15, 2016 $145,000
Information Security Manager Exodus Intelligence, LLC Austin, TX Jun 25, 2015 $130,000
Information Security Manager Marlabs, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Mar 20, 2016 $125,000
Information Security Principal Xerox Business Services, LLC Dallas, TX Sep 21, 2015 $125,000
Information Security Manager The Economist Newspaper Group Inc. New York, NY Nov 19, 2014 $124,902 -
$142,000
Information Security Audit Manager Scripps Health San Diego, CA Sep 01, 2010 $123,905
Information Security Audit Manager Scripps Health San Diego, CA Aug 25, 2010 $123,905
Manager, Information Security EMC Corporation Hopkinton, MA Oct 01, 2012 $123,448 -
$130,000
Information Security Manager EAPT Solutions, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Mar 28, 2016 $111,176 -
$115,000
Information Security Manager Marlabs, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Apr 02, 2012 $110,200
Information Security Principal Xerox Business Services, LLC Webster, NY Jul 01, 2013 $110,000
Information Security Manager, Governance and Compl Emerson Electric Co. Saint Louis, MO Nov 10, 2014 $109,824 -
$146,200
Information Security Manager Xerox Business Services, LLC Dallas, TX Aug 06, 2015 $109,350
Information Security Manager II Xerox Business Services, LLC Lewisville, TX Feb 16, 2015 $109,349
Manager of Information Security Architecture BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. Westborough, MA Feb 16, 2016 $108,638 -
$123,246

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Top Skills for An Information Security Manager

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Information Technology
  3. Risk Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed, implemented and maintained a comprehensive Information Security program to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Transitioned the Federal Reserve Information Technology (FRIT) organization from a risk avers organization to a risk management organization.
  • Created and managed information security and risk management awareness training programs for all employees, contractors and approved system users.
  • Oversee company IT security policies and procedures, proactively updating to ensure threat mitigation, operating efficiency and regulatory compliance.
  • Conducted internal risk assessments and security plans for 3 newly acquired businesses and implemented strategies to standardize security procedures.

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