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Become An Information Security Officer

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Working As An Information Security Officer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $155,690

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Security Officer Do

Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.


Computer and information systems managers typically do the following:

  • Analyze their organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to consider
  • Plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software
  • Ensure the security of an organization’s network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of new projects and justify funding on projects to top executives
  • Learn about new technology and look for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Plan and direct the work of other IT professionals, including computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, and computer support specialists
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the highest level of service for their organization’s technology

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

The following are examples of types of computer and information systems managers:

Chief information officers (CIOs) are responsible for the overall technology strategy of their organizations. They help determine the technology or information goals of an organization and then oversee implementation of technology to meet those goals.

CIOs may focus on a specific area, such as electronic data processing or information systems, but CIOs tend to focus more on long-term or big picture issues. At small organizations a CIO has more direct control over the IT department, and at larger organizations other managers under the CIO may handle the day-to-day activities of the IT department.

CIOs who do not have technical expertise and who focus solely on a company’s business aspects are included in a separate profile on top executives.

Chief technology officers (CTOs) evaluate new technology and determine how it can help their organization. When both CIOs and CTOs are present, the CTO usually has more technical expertise.

The CTO is responsible for designing and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the policies and directives issued by the CIO. CTOs also work with different departments to implement the organization’s technology plans.

The CTO usually reports directly to the CIO and may be responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies or other research and development activities. When a company does not have a CIO, the CTO determines the overall technology strategy for the firm and presents it to top executives.

IT directors, including management information systems (MIS) directors, are in charge of their organizations’ information technology (IT) departments, and they directly supervise other employees. IT directors help to determine the business requirements for IT systems, and they implement the policies that have been chosen by top executives. IT directors often have a direct role in hiring members of the IT department. It is their job to ensure the availability of data and network services by coordinating IT activities. IT directors also oversee the financial aspects of their department, such as budgeting.  

IT security managers oversee their organizations’ network and data security. They work with top executives to plan security policies and promote a culture of information security throughout the organization. They develop programs to keep employees aware of security threats. These managers must keep up to date on IT security measures. They also supervise investigations if there is a security violation.

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How To Become An Information Security Officer

Typically, a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, plus related work experience, is required. Many computer and information systems managers also have a graduate degree.


Computer and information systems managers normally must have a bachelor’s degree in a computer- or information science–related field. Such a degree usually takes 4 years to complete and includes courses in computer programming, software development, and mathematics. Management information systems (MIS) programs usually include business classes as well as computer-related ones.

Many organizations require their computer and information systems managers to have a graduate degree as well. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is common and takes 2 years beyond the undergraduate level to complete. Many people pursuing an MBA take classes while working, an option that can increase the time required to complete that degree.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most jobs for computer and information systems managers require several years of experience in a related information technology (IT) job. Lower level management positions may require only a few years of experience. Directors are more likely to need 5 to 10 years of related work experience. A chief technology officer (CTO), who oversees the technology plan for a large organization, may need more than 15 years of experience in the IT field before being considered for a job.

The number of years of experience required varies with the organization. Generally, smaller or newer companies do not require as much experience as larger or more established ones.

Computer systems are used throughout the economy, and IT employees may gain experience in a variety of industries. However, an applicant’s work experience should be in the same industry they are applying to work in. For example, an IT security manager should have previously worked in information security. A hospital IT director should have experience in the healthcare field.


Most computer and information systems managers start out as lower level managers and advance to higher positions within the IT department. IT directors or project managers can advance to become CTOs. A CTO or other manager who is especially business minded can advance to become a chief information officer (CIO), the person in charge of all IT-related decisions in an organization. CIOs can advance to become top executives in an organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. IT managers must be able to analyze problems and consider and select the best ways to solve them.

Business skills. IT managers must develop and implement strategic plans to reach the goals of their organizations.

Communication skills. IT managers must be able to explain their work to top executives and give clear instructions to their subordinates.

Decisionmaking skills. Some IT managers must make important decisions about how to allocate resources in order to reach their organizations’ goals.

Leadership skills. IT managers must be able to lead and motivate IT teams or departments so that workers are efficient and effective.

Organizational skills. Some IT managers must coordinate the work of several different IT departments to make the organization run efficiently.

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Information Security Officer Career Paths

Information Security Officer
Chief Information Officer Chief Executive Officer Human Resources Generalist
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Information Technology Specialist Information Security Analyst
Assurance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Vice President Of Information Technology
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Information Officer Management Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer Managing Partner Executive Assistant To President
Executive Vice President Of Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer Technical Consultant Information Technology Manager
Global Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Architect Technical Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Senior Project Manager Program Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Service Delivery Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Information Technology Senior Project Manager
Senior Portfolio Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Information Technology Chief Information Officer Senior Project Manager
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Security Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Branch Manager Assistant Vice President
Vice President Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Manager 3.4%
Consultant 3.4%
Director 3.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.0%

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Information Security Officer Education


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Real Information Security Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Information Security Officer Zenpayroll, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 28, 2016 $225,000
Chief Information Security Officer VYSK Communications, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 25, 2016 $200,000
Chief Information Security Officer VYSK Communications, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 28, 2015 $200,000
Vice President, Global Information Security Officer Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC Newport Beach, CA Jan 04, 2016 $180,000
Vice President, Information Security Officer Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC Newport Beach, CA Jul 14, 2014 $170,000
Chief Information Security Officer Lesconcierges, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 05, 2014 $165,000
Information Security Officer Sutter Health Modesto, CA Sep 26, 2016 $158,693
Chief Information Security Officer Bridgewater Associates, LP Westport, CT Oct 01, 2011 $151,174 -
Information Security Officer (SR. Security Analyst) Five9, Inc. San Ramon, CA Nov 04, 2015 $135,001 -
Information Security Officer (SR. Security Analyst Five9, Inc. San Ramon, CA Oct 02, 2014 $135,001
Senior Information Security Officer Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 05, 2015 $124,654 -
Technical Information Security Officer Paragon Solutions, Inc. Islandia, NY Oct 01, 2013 $110,000
Chief Information Security Officer Envy Hawaii LLC Urban Honolulu, HI Sep 22, 2016 $100,000
Information Security Officer Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Ltd. Edinburg, TX Jan 11, 2016 $100,000
Technology Information Security Officer Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. (USA) Blue Ash, OH Sep 01, 2011 $99,383
Information Security Officer CDM Secure Inc. Long Beach, CA Apr 20, 2015 $97,094 -
Information Security Officer Fiserv Automotive Solutions, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Sep 29, 2013 $94,164 -
Information Security Officer University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR Apr 01, 2015 $90,000
Information Security Officer Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Edinburg, TX Apr 15, 2014 $80,000
Information Security Officer Berklee College of Music Boston, MA Oct 01, 2015 $76,190 -
Information Security Officer Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX Apr 18, 2011 $76,086
Assistant Information Security Officer University of Colorado Denver, CO Oct 08, 2015 $68,793
Assistant Information Security Officer University of Colorado Denver, CO Aug 10, 2015 $68,793
Asst Information Security Officer University of Colorado Denver, CO Aug 10, 2015 $68,793

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Top Skills for An Information Security Officer


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Top Information Security Officer Skills

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Procedures
  3. Information Security Policies
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform technical and functional risk assessments and audits on clinical systems to ensure compliance and appropriate configurations are implemented.
  • Communicate the direction for College security standards, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Identified information security policies, gaps and vulnerability/risk assessment strategy.
  • Performed information security risk assessments of Third Party Vendors.
  • Reviewed and updated Information Security/Disaster Recovery Program.

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