What is an Information Security Supervisor?
Information security (infosec) is the practice of protecting materials from being accessed, changed or stolen by uncertified people or machines. Information security can include cyber security (i.e. preventing electronic data from being hacked), but it also involves the physical protection of information (making sure no one opens an unlocked cabinet and grabs a folder).
Working in offices, information security supervisors or managers oversee the safekeeping of information for a specific place or organization. They might supervise the work of other IT professionals, like analysts, software developers, and support specialists They can work for any organization that may have information security concerns. This includes businesses, colleges, financial institutions, and more. The infosec supervisor focuses on preventing unauthorized people from using, changing, or stealing secured and/or sensitive materials.
|Education Requirements||Bachelor's degree in a computer-related field; graduate degrees often preferred|
|Job Duties||Making sure that physical and electronic forms of information are kept safe|
|Average Base Pay (2019)||$111,877 (information security manager)*|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)||12% increase (computer and information systems managers)**|
Sources:, *Payscale; **U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
To become an information security supervisor, the potential employee will want to have a four year college degree in a field related to information security or computer science. To attain the supervisory/managerial role, further degrees may be required, like an MBA.
Work experience in the field is recommended to achieve a managerial position in an IT department. According to the BLS, someone hoping to become a lower-level manager in information technology may only need a few years of on-the-job experience.
An infosec professional can invest in the field by getting certifications and qualifications, such as CompTIA's Security+ and the GSEC SANS GIAC Security Essentials. More advanced certifications include the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
An infosec supervisor should have good computer skills to analyze security setups and make sure that they meet and/or comply with official standards. They will need to work with subordinates, peers and other supervisors to facilitate security protocols. Detail orientation, ingenuity and problem solving skills are also key.
They must keep current with threats and concerns to information safety. Great communication skills are also important. He or she may need to coordinate the work of multiple information technology areas. This professional may also need to be present during security breech investigations.
Career Outlook and Salary
The average base pay for an information security manager was $111,877 per year, according to Payscale.com in 2019. Those involved in security risk management, IT security and infrastructure, and cyber security generally received 'above average' pay. For those infosec managers who were involved in security testing/auditing and security policies and procedures, the pay tended to be lower. According to the BLS, computer and information systems managers, which include IT security managers, could expect faster-than-average growth of 12%, from 2016 to 2026.