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Information Security Manager

Career Overview

The growing field of technology has created an increasing need for both the most productive computer systems, and trained professionals to service and protect the information stored on office computer terminals. An associate’s or bachelor’s degree in the IT field, along with continuing education and training are required to work within this field, and have continued success during a information technology manager’s career. The employment possibilities for IT Managers are numerous due to the fact all facets of the business world utilize computers in the workforce. IT professionals often find work within the healthcare, finance, legal, and government sectors.

Responsibilities

An Information Technology Security Manager offers consultation services surrounding a myriad of computer problems and requirements for a business or governmental entity. Documentation of security procedures and guidelines, which are established by the Information Security Council for the protection of important information and trade secrets, is also a major facet in this field. An IT professional also trains staff members in computer functions and software programming. The performance of security risk evaluations, maintaining virus, security software, and system upgrades are integral aspects associated with this profession.

Educational Requirements

Nearly all colleges offer information technology manager degrees. Types of available degrees range from a two year Associate Degree, a four year Bachelor’s Degree, and a Masters Degree in IT Security for students who have already earned a Bachelor’s Degree, and have the required number of hours in the field to gain admission to the an enhanced degree program. Courses commonly required for this career path include: network technology, project management, information assurance and security, network administration, software engineering, computer programming, Disaster Recovery Act analysis, and systems engineering.
Areas of Specialization

Three specialty areas currently exist for Information Security Mangers.

  • Customer Management – Designing and implementing software programs to track and summarize customer purchasing patterns, sales information, and marketing strategy response.
  • Management of Information Technology – Develop and maintain computer and server functions associated with the collection of data and payroll information.
  • Supply Management – Designing and securing business trade secret and financial programs. IT Managers in this specialty area also organize supply-tracking software; develop websites, purchase software development and system and terminal logistics maintenance.

Career Opportunities

A host of job titles and career paths are open to trained technology and information security managers. Listed below is a sampling of the employment opportunities available to IT Managers. Many specific job titles fall within the three overall divisions in the technology field.

  • Project Manager
  • Intrusion Prevention Systems Manager
  • IT Manager
  • Security Manager
  • Network Manager
  • Health Information Manager
  • Computer Programmer
  • Interactive Multimedia Specialist
  • Computer Electronics Administrator
  • Video Gaming Designer
  • Interactive Computer Programmer

Salary Ranges

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Information Security Managers median income is $76,187 per year. The 2008 posted salary ranges show common salaries ranging from $87,000 to $125,000 with some corporate employers offering performance bonuses.

Professional Organizations

    • Information Systems Security Association
      www.issa.org
    • Information Security Organization
      www.iso.org
    • International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium
      www.isc2.org
    • Information Technology Association of America
      www.itaa.org