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Working As An Information Technology 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

  • $90,120

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Technology 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 Technology 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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Information Technology Security Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

80.6%

Female

17.1%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

77.9%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Asian

8.2%

Unknown

2.5%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.4%

French

11.8%

Swahili

5.9%

Portuguese

5.9%

German

5.9%

Hebrew

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

Greek

5.9%

Russian

5.9%

Swedish

5.9%

Italian

5.9%

Croatian

5.9%
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Information Technology Security Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.6%

Capella University

7.5%

George Mason University

7.5%

New York University

5.4%

Colorado Technical University

5.4%

Western Governors University

4.3%

Webster University

4.3%

University of Houston

4.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

The SANS Technology Institute

4.3%

Arizona State University

3.2%

Northeastern University

3.2%

George Washington University

3.2%

University of Maryland - University College

3.2%

Capital College

3.2%

Walden University

3.2%

Syracuse University

2.2%

Norwich University

2.2%

Southern Methodist University

2.2%
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Majors

Business

18.4%

Computer Science

14.4%

Information Technology

13.1%

Computer Information Systems

10.6%

Electrical Engineering

5.6%

Computer Systems Security

5.6%

Management

4.4%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Information Systems

3.4%

Project Management

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.8%

Computer Networking

2.5%

Education

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Communication

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%

Environmental Science

1.3%

Political Science

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.4%

Masters

34.9%

Other

12.8%

Associate

6.6%

Doctorate

5.2%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

1.2%
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Real Information Technology Security Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Risk Transformation-Information Security Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP New York, NY Jun 01, 2015 $150,000
Manager of IT Security Public Consulting Group, Inc. Medford, MA Mar 02, 2015 $145,000
Core Security Manager, IT Security, Privacy & Risk Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC San Jose, CA Aug 04, 2016 $133,453
Information Technology Security Manager Howard University Washington, DC Dec 12, 2014 $132,000
Enterprise IT Security Manager Actuant Corporation Menomonee Falls, WI Jan 26, 2015 $130,000
IT Consulting SAP Security Senior Manager Protiviti Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 10, 2015 $129,210 -
$180,000
Core Security Manager, IT Security, Privacy & Risk Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC Chicago, IL Feb 18, 2016 $125,000
Information Technology Manager, Security and Risk Management Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Apr 13, 2015 $124,779 -
$170,000
Manager, IT Security Risk & Compliance SONY Pictures Entertainment Inc. Culver City, CA Nov 20, 2015 $120,890 -
$140,890
Information Technology-Security Manager Howard University Washington, DC Dec 12, 2011 $120,000
Manager, IT Security, Risk and Compliance SONY Pictures Entertainment Inc. Culver City, CA Jun 02, 2014 $118,000
Manager, IT Governance/Heightened Security Alvarez & Marsal Holdings LLC New York, NY Nov 08, 2014 $116,132
Manager, IT Security Parexel International Hackensack, NJ Oct 09, 2016 $115,031
Manager-IT Security Administration Payless Shoesource, Inc. Topeka, KS Oct 01, 2014 $112,271
IT Security OPS Manager The TJX Companies, Inc. Marlborough, MA Sep 18, 2015 $111,240
Manager, IT Security Protiviti, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Oct 26, 2015 $108,000 -
$120,000
Manager Security Technology Identity Management Six Continents Hotels, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Dec 15, 2016 $104,770 -
$127,590
Information Technology Security Manager The Shield, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $98,068
Manager, RAS IT Audit and Security Elliott Davis Decosimo LLC Franklin, TN Nov 15, 2016 $95,000
IT Security and Compliance Manager/Analyst Servicenow, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 28, 2015 $93,579 -
$110,000
IT Consulting Security Manager Protiviti Inc. Boston, MA Nov 21, 2016 $91,312 -
$105,539
Regional IT & Logistical Security Manager, Americas Oberthur Technologies of America Corp East Rancho Dominguez, CA Feb 13, 2015 $90,522
Manager, IT Security-Optum Optum Services, Inc. Golden Valley, MN Aug 03, 2015 $89,731 -
$94,731
Manager IT Security Checkfree Services Corporation (A Fiserv Company) Norcross, GA Sep 06, 2015 $88,296 -
$139,085
IT Security Manager Parexel International Hackensack, NJ Sep 20, 2015 $87,904

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Top Skills for An Information Technology Security Manager

ProceduresNetworkInfrastructureInformationSecurityPoliciesVulnerabilityAssessmentsSecurityAuditsDisasterRecoveryInformationTechnologyInfrastructureWebSecurityAwarenessTrainingIncidentResponsePCIDSSRiskManagementBusinessContinuityWindowsSecurityProgramNistSOXNetworkSecuritySecuritySystemsProjectManagement

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Top Information Technology Security Manager Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Network Infrastructure
  3. Information Security Policies
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitored and routinely audits compliance to all information security procedures and policies, and ensures consistency of internal controls across departments.
  • Analyze existing operations and make recommendations for the improvement and growth of the network infrastructure.
  • Led development, documentation and maintenance of information security policies, procedures, and standards across city departments.
  • Conducted security assessments on OS, network and application vulnerability assessments to identify security weaknesses and provide potential solutions.
  • Performed security audits, risk/vulnerability assessments of networks, systems, and applications.

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