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Working As A Security Project 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

  • $121,484

    Average Salary

What Does A Security Project 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 Project 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 3.5 years
Project Manager 3.4 years
Security Architect 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.4%
Manager 3.1%

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Security Project Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

77.4%

Female

20.4%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

57.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

10.9%

Unknown

5.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.7%

German

11.1%

French

11.1%

Russian

11.1%

Italian

6.7%

Ukrainian

4.4%

Czech

4.4%

Swedish

2.2%

Portuguese

2.2%

Chinese

2.2%

Hungarian

2.2%

Korean

2.2%

Dari

2.2%

Persian

2.2%

Tagalog

2.2%

Thai

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%
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Security Project Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.2%

Strayer University

8.9%

University of Maryland - University College

7.8%

University of North Texas

6.7%

Northeastern University

5.6%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

5.6%

Syracuse University

4.4%

Webster University

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

Community College of the Air Force

4.4%

University of New Orleans

4.4%

George Washington University

4.4%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.3%

Utah Valley University

3.3%

Pfeiffer University

3.3%

American University

3.3%

Johns Hopkins University

3.3%

Hood College

3.3%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.3%

Suffolk University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

24.3%

Criminal Justice

16.3%

Project Management

7.5%

Computer Science

6.6%

Information Technology

5.0%

Information Systems

4.7%

Finance

4.1%

Management

3.9%

Computer Information Systems

3.9%

Education

3.0%

Political Science

2.8%

Communication

2.5%

Psychology

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.2%

Economics

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Computer Networking

1.7%

Legal Support Services

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.9%

Masters

31.3%

Other

19.2%

Associate

6.5%

Certificate

5.9%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Security Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Manager, Secured Systems NIIT Technologies Limited Atlanta, GA Sep 01, 2015 $149,760
Project Manager, Security Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Aug 16, 2016 $148,335
Information Security Project Manager Varian Medical Systems, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 17, 2016 $140,000
Information Security Project Manager NCC Group, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 16, 2016 $130,000
Information Security Project Manager NCC Group, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 20, 2016 $130,000
Project Manager-Information Security Snap, Inc. Chantilly, VA Nov 23, 2015 $127,005
Project Manager I-Emerging/Information Security Object Information Services, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 21, 2016 $126,256
Security Project Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 01, 2015 $125,800
Project Manager-Information Security Snap, Inc. Chantilly, VA Sep 01, 2015 $125,000
Network Security Project Manager Riviera Consulting, LLC. Santa Clara, CA Jan 14, 2013 $120,000
Project Manager, Global Cyber Security Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Aug 26, 2016 $119,600
Project Manager-Information Security Snap, Inc. Chantilly, VA Sep 01, 2012 $115,000
Information Security Project Manager Vmware, Inc. Atlanta, GA Dec 22, 2016 $114,000 -
$146,000
Chief Security Architect/Project Manager University of Illinois Urbana, IL Aug 16, 2013 $105,000
Network and Information Security Project Manager Litepoint Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Jun 17, 2013 $102,000
Project Manager-Emerging/Information Security AN Object Information Services, Inc. Austin, TX Oct 02, 2013 $100,672
Project Manager III, Global Securities Lending The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation Pittsburgh, PA Jun 06, 2014 $98,325
Project Manager III, Global Securities Lending The Bank of New York Mellon Pittsburgh, PA Jun 06, 2014 $98,325

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Top Skills for A Security Project Manager

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  1. Network Security
  2. Security Personnel
  3. Compliance
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  • Provided systems and network security and IA guidance as it relates to medical device information systems deployed by the Air Force.
  • Managed and provided oversight for all assigned security personnel.
  • Provided consulting services to customers regarding GLBA compliance and recommended security solutions based on existing network configuration.
  • Establish and implement effective, predictable and measurable procedures/processes that can be communicated clearly among stakeholders.
  • Provided life cycle project management and technical leadership; wrote design and interface control documentation and supported testing and defect resolution.

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  4. District of Columbia
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  6. Washington
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