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Working As A Security Program 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 A Security Program 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 A Security Program 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 Manager 3.6 years
Program Manager 3.4 years
Security Architect 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Sergeant 2.7%
Top Employers After
Manager 2.9%
Analyst 2.9%

Security Program Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

77.5%

Female

20.2%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

84.0%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Asian

4.7%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.8%

French

19.0%

German

14.3%

Italian

14.3%

Portuguese

9.5%

Persian

4.8%

Tagalog

4.8%

Russian

4.8%

Croatian

4.8%
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Security Program Manager Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

14.7%

University of Phoenix

11.0%

American University

9.2%

Webster University

7.3%

Michigan State University

5.5%

University of Maryland - University College

4.6%

Strayer University

4.6%

Naval Postgraduate School

4.6%

Ashford University

4.6%

Wayland Baptist University

3.7%

Capella University

3.7%

George Washington University

3.7%

Saint Leo University

3.7%

George Mason University

3.7%

Norwich University

2.8%

Georgetown University

2.8%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

2.8%

The Academy

2.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.8%

Syracuse University

1.8%
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Majors

Criminal Justice

22.3%

Business

21.2%

Computer Information Systems

8.6%

Computer Science

6.8%

Information Technology

4.8%

Political Science

4.1%

Computer Systems Security

4.1%

Homeland Security

4.1%

Project Management

3.1%

Education

2.4%

Management

2.4%

International Relations

2.4%

Human Resources Management

2.1%

General Studies

1.7%

Electrical Engineering

1.7%

Public Administration

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Law

1.7%

Management Science

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.4%

Masters

32.5%

Other

17.0%

Associate

7.5%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Security Program Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Mar 06, 2015 $158,100
Senior Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 03, 2015 $158,100
Senior Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 20, 2015 $157,722
Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Mar 24, 2014 $153,275
Security Program Manager Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 13, 2015 $152,901
SR. Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 10, 2016 $152,360 -
$172,360
Senior Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 08, 2016 $152,360
Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 03, 2013 $150,000
Senior Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA May 14, 2012 $150,000
Senior Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Nov 15, 2016 $147,756
Senior Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Aug 06, 2012 $145,000
Senior Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 04, 2011 $143,795
Senior Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 01, 2014 $142,740
Senior Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 13, 2014 $141,500
Senior Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 12, 2012 $140,000
Senior Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 12, 2015 $131,950
Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 20, 2012 $128,000
Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 23, 2015 $127,360
Information Security Program Manager Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 20, 2015 $127,046 -
$188,500
Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 25, 2015 $125,505
Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 06, 2015 $122,190
Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 07, 2015 $122,109
Security Program Manager II-CNE BG or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 13, 2016 $122,109 -
$142,109
Senior Security Program Manager Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2010 $121,200 -
$166,200
Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 16, 2015 $119,913
Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 12, 2013 $116,422
Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 31, 2015 $116,113
Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Mar 10, 2016 $116,000

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Top Skills for A Security Program Manager

SecurityProgramEnsureComplianceSecurityPersonnelSecurityProceduresInformationSecurityPhysicalSecuritySecurityPoliciesFacilityEmergencySafetyDODInfrastructureVulnerabilitySecurityClearanceAuditAssistanceSecurityOperationsAccessControlProgramManagementLawEnforcement

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Top Security Program Manager Skills

  1. Security Program
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Security Personnel
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated and maintained Air Force information security programs.
  • Inspected facilities to identify security risks and to ensure compliance with all relevant government and local requirements.
  • Trained security personnel on security operations, policies, procedures and use of security equipment.
  • Performed changes, updates and distribution of required security procedures for 350 posted security/law enforcement forces.
  • Provide dedicated support and management for the Chief Information Security Officers activities within the organization.

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