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Working As A Manager, Information Assurance

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $109,873

    Average Salary

What Does A Manager, Information Assurance 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.

Duties

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 A Manager, Information Assurance

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.

Education

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.

Advancement

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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Consultant 3.3%
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Manager, Information Assurance Demographics

Gender

Male

75.4%

Female

23.2%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

80.6%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.3%

Turkish

12.5%

German

12.5%

Chinese

6.3%

Bosnian

6.3%

Japanese

6.3%

French

6.3%

Korean

6.3%

Arabic

6.3%

Croatian

6.3%
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Manager, Information Assurance Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

12.5%

University of Maryland - University College

10.9%

University of Phoenix

10.9%

Strayer University

8.2%

Capella University

7.1%

American University

5.4%

Webster University

4.9%

Park University

4.9%

Western Governors University

3.8%

George Mason University

3.8%

Excelsior College

3.3%

Colorado Technical University

3.3%

Bellevue University

3.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.3%

Trident University International

2.7%

Grantham University

2.7%

American InterContinental University

2.7%

Auburn University

2.2%

Troy University

2.2%

Pennsylvania State University

2.2%
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Majors

Computer Information Systems

14.6%

Business

14.1%

Information Technology

14.1%

Computer Systems Security

11.2%

Computer Science

8.0%

Management

5.6%

Criminal Justice

5.1%

Information Systems

4.6%

Project Management

3.9%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Computer Networking

2.9%

Homeland Security

1.9%

Political Science

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Electrical Engineering

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.0%

Chemistry

1.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.5%

Masters

33.3%

Other

16.4%

Associate

8.2%

Certificate

3.2%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Manager, Information Assurance Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager IT Quality Assurance Fiserv Global Services, Inc. Dublin, OH Sep 04, 2015 $144,248
Manager-It Quality Assurance (Technical Manager) Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Aug 13, 2015 $131,474
Manager IT Quality Assurance Fiserv Solutions, LLC. Brookfield, WI May 04, 2016 $131,373 -
$155,552
Manager-IT QA Medsolutions, Inc. Franklin, TN Dec 22, 2016 $130,395
Manager-It Quality Assurance (Applications Develop Verizon Data Services LLC Richardson, TX Oct 02, 2013 $126,356
Manager-IT Quality Assurance SONY Pictures Entertainment Inc. Culver City, CA Oct 10, 2016 $123,900
Manager-IT Quality Assurance SONY Pictures Entertainment Inc. Culver City, CA Mar 10, 2016 $120,000
Manager-It Quality Assurance (Technical Manager) Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Nov 30, 2012 $116,889
Tech Manager I-IT Quality Assurance Verizon Data Services, LLC Irving, TX Aug 13, 2012 $116,889
Manager IT Quality Assurance Fiserv Solutions Inc. Warren, NJ Jan 28, 2015 $115,320 -
$173,040
Manager, IT Quality Assurance Cashedge Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 26, 2015 $115,320 -
$173,400
Senior Manager, IT Quality Assurance Caremark, LLC Richardson, TX Oct 30, 2016 $115,300 -
$130,000
Manager IT Quality Assurance Cashedge Inc. Brookfield, WI Jul 12, 2015 $113,526 -
$151,410
Manager-IT Quality Assurance WTT, Inc., D/B/A Radius Travel Bethesda, MD May 01, 2015 $100,000
Manager IT Quality Assurance First Data Merchant Services Corporation Atlanta, GA Dec 31, 2014 $96,919
Manager IT Quality Assurance Fiserv Global Services, Inc. Denver, CO Apr 11, 2015 $95,290 -
$151,410
Manager IT Quality Assurance First Data Merchant Services Corporation Atlanta, GA Jun 01, 2012 $95,000
Senior Manager-IT Risk and Assurance Ernst & Young LLP Houston, TX Jun 01, 2010 $93,200 -
$197,000
Manager, Information Technology Quality Assurance Pfizer Inc. Groton, CT Aug 05, 2013 $87,506 -
$125,300

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Top Skills for A Manager, Information Assurance

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  1. Procedures
  2. Information Systems
  3. DOD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted users in establishing profiles within intelligence community by outlining Public Key Infrastructure procedures and issuing or revoking certificates.
  • Launched information systems and security organization to support the consolidation of AFMS CIO resources in an expanded Washington D.C. organization.
  • Verified and tracked personnel physical access requests to operations area via DoD credentials, site credentials, and access control list.
  • Provide technical guidance and response for all Information Assurance Vulnerability Alerts, Bulletins, and CERT advisories.
  • Ensured protection and detection capabilities were developed in line with organizational, DoD, and national-level security policies and architecture.

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