What Is an Information Security Supervisor?
Information security, or InfoSec, refers to the methods used to protect classified print or electronic information or data from unauthorized use. Information security supervisors are in charge of upholding security protocols and creating new strategies to enhance network and internet security throughout their companies. These supervisors can work for private companies, non-profits, or government agencies.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's; master's is helpful|
|Job Skills||Project management, IT (information technology), cybersecurity, regulatory compliance, leadership, communication, analytical skills|
|Median Salary (May 2019)*||$110,917 ( for all information security managers)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)**||12% (for all computer and information systems managers)|
Sources: *Payscale.com; ** U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
To work in the information security field, a bachelor's degree in computer science, cybersecurity or other computer-related study is typically needed. While not required, an advanced degree will help those pursuing higher positions, such as information security supervisor. InfoSec professionals can also take certification courses after earning a degree to strengthen their skill set and competitiveness. GIAC (Global Information Assurance Certification), EC-Council (International Council of E-Commerce Consultants), CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association), CSA (Cloud Security Alliance), ISACA (f.k.a. Information Systems Audit and Control Association) and (ISC)² (International Information System Security Certification Consortium) are organizations that offer certificate programs. Continuing education throughout your career will also help you stay up-to-date on changing technology.
Information security supervisors oversee a team of IT professionals, so leadership and communication skills are essential. Analytical skills are needed to identify and counter security risks and issues associated with other software or hardware operations and for involvement with investigations when a violation occurs. They utilize project management, supervising any IT projects and security operations, such as administering new computer systems or training employees on new software. They are also responsible for ensuring that best security practices and regulatory requirements are carried out.
Career Outlook and Salary
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that from 2016 to 2026, employment of all computer and information systems supervisors is estimated to grow 12%, faster than the average for all occupations. The median salary for information security managers in 2019 was $110,917, according to Payscale.com. The continuing need for stronger cybersecurity in computer and information systems will affect the employment growth for these jobs.
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