How to Become an Information Security Manager

Today the role of information security manager is gaining more importance and greater priority than ever with the alarming growth of danger from hackers. Organizations, whatever their business, urgently need information security management to protect their confidential business and individual information. Computer databases may store all types of highly sensitive information, including bank accounts, personal staff details, client information, sales and marketing information and so forth. An information security manager helps businesses keep such information safe.

Obtain the Degree and Certifications for an Information Security Manager

An information security manager will need a bachelor’s degree along with a graduate degree in a computer- or technology-related field, along with other subjects like systems design, systems security and database management. Professional certification courses like CISM (awarded by ISACA, CAP, CSSLP or CISSP) give you an edge for faster career growth. Presently industry-specific qualifications are offered by various universities and private institutions and are gaining recognition and popularity.

Work on Personal Traits

Along with gaining the necessary technical skills and knowledge, work on developing personal characteristics that make for an excellent information security manager. You will need excellent communication skills, ability to multi-task, total commitment with utmost honesty, a high integrity of character, poise, good judgment and team leadership skills. These skills and traits will make you a successful information security manager.

Understand the Responsibilities of an Information Security Manager

As you work toward gaining your desired job, you must understand the responsibilities of an information security manager. You don't want to pursue a situation that isn't a good fit for your abilities. You should prepare yourself to take on the following responsibilities:

  • Assessing, designing and implementing information security management issues as per company policy, with adherence to ISO/IEC 27000 series standard or ISO/ICE 27001 certification
  • Taking an active part with the management in preparing information security standards, guidelines, policies and procedures as well implementing them and improving them as need be
  • Helping in staff selection, checking out risk assessment and so forth
  • Directing the team in operational functions like identity, vulnerability and entitlement management
  • Checking for compliance of staff in security issues and educating them about security awareness as well as ensuring security clearance as per policies and procedures
  • Updating the software applications and other security products, technologies and procedures to effectively protect data from being compromised
  • Providing guidance in information security solutions
  • Taking part in important business decisions from a security point of view.

How to Start as an Information Security Manager

A typical career path may start as a computer/information security executive and move on to network security as senior executive, and from there to mid-level and senior management levels in information management, and possibly then to a consultant. As in other fields, you should seek an entry-level job at the beginning of your career and move on to advanced positions when you have gained the necessary experience and skills.