Your Next Move: Cybersecurity Manager

If you want to protect organizations from cyberattacks and threats, cybersecurity manager could be your next move.
Your Next Move Cybersecurity Manager

This article is part of an IT Career News series called Your Next Move. These articles take an inside look at the roles related to CompTIA certifications. Each article will include the responsibilities, qualifications, related job titles and salary range for the role. As you consider the next move in your IT career, check back with CompTIA to learn more about your job prospects and how to get there.

When entering the world of cybersecurity, there are many different ways to begin and advance your career. The CompTIA Cybersecurity Career Pathway can be a great resource to determine where you’re at. If you want to protect organizations from cyberattacks and threats, and follow the right path, then cybersecurity manager could be your next move.

What Is a Cybersecurity Manager?

A cybersecurity manager is in charge of the overall cyber safety of an organization. This is an advanced-level job role that includes managing a staff of cybersecurity professionals. Here are a few ways a cybersecurity manager supports an organization:

  • Leads all facets of day-to-day cybersecurity operations
  • Provides subject matter expertise in designing and implementing security safeguards to cloud, on-premises, endpoint, edge and mobile infrastructure
  • Manages cybersecurity budget and creates metrics to track performance
  • Maintains security protocols and policies
  • Manages teams and projects

When it comes to project management, the cybersecurity manager determines the overall goals and plans of a cybersecurity department, along with being quick-minded when comes to discovering problems and resolving them efficiently.

How To Become a Cybersecurity Manager

Organizations are typically looking for someone with around 0-2 years' experience in a job role such as a cybersecurity analyst, penetration tester, network administrator, IT support specialist or a related job role. Some job postings seek candidates with 0-5 years of experience. Applicable industry-recognized certifications and training such as CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+), CISM or CISSP are great ways to stand out. As for education, a high school diploma, vocational training or a bachelor’s degree in a related field is what we usually see in cybersecurity manager job descriptions.

Cybersecurity managers should possess some important professional skills, including the ability to:

  • Anticipate problems, communicate them and resolve appropriately
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Manage multiple concurrent objectives or activities, and effectively make judgment calls
  • Take ownership of issues and responsibility for customer satisfaction and the overall success of services provided

In addition to credentials and important professional skills, a cybersecurity manager should have knowledge and experience in:

Presenting a good mix of professional and technical skills are often seen as beneficial when job hunting, as it can help a future cybersecurity manager assess how the organization operates and how to approach protecting the organization from cyberattacks and threats. Certifications like CompTIA Security+ can help you get started. Check out the CompTIA Career Roadmap to see what other certifications can help you become a cybersecurity manager.

In addition to certifications, CompTIA offers a full suite of training products to help you learn the skills you need to become a cybersecurity manager:

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The Details

Cybersecurity Manager Salary Range

According to CyberSeek, the median advertised salary for a cybersecurity manager is $138,070. This is measured in accordance with online job openings from January 2022 through December 2022. Although, many factors do influence wages including location, job-level, industry sector, employer size, specialty skills, years of experience and more.

Cybersecurity Manager Jobs

CyberSeek has collectively stated that there are 22,535 total job openings for a cybersecurity manager measured between a 12-month period as of 2022. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) mentions that a 16% increase in employment is expected based off a 10-year projected growth rate from 2021-2031. Cybersecurity manager positions offer both work-from-home or hybrid opportunities.

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