Information security managers are in charge of maintaining security protocols throughout their organizations. They are responsible for creating strategies to increase network and internet security related to different projects. They handle a team of IT professionals to ensure easy access to data while maintaining high standards in terms of confidentiality and general data security. They also often work to find and prevent issues related to software or hardware equipment used by different teams within the company. Information security managers also review current security policies and update requirements in accordance with the sensitivity of the data. They also implement checks to avoid data corruption and identity theft by setting privacy rules. They deploy operating system updates to ensure effective working equipment. They do regular maintenance checks in all servers, switches, routers and other connectivity devices.
Most of the time, information security managers run programs across networks to verify the status of running applications. They usually have a regular 9-5 weekday schedule, although their work can be varied depending on their company needs. They need to have strong verbal and written abilities to communicate with other teams, and be able to present new ideas to executives in their organization. They usually report to the information security chief in their department. Information security managers are generally required to have a bachelor's degree related to information technology. Previous systems security and networking administration work experience is also very helpful as are additional IT certifications.
Information Security Manager Tasks
- Assist in migrating information assets and environments into compliant, secure systems.
- Manage security testing platforms, including leading forensic investigations and mitigation procedures.
- Lead security training and communicate policies.
- Create and execute policy and audit plans, and identify security risks and operation needs.
- Review configuration and updates to ensure software and infrastructure are protected.