Security Operations Manager Jobs
What is a security operations manager?
Different from a security manager, a security operations manager is a senior-level role responsible for overseeing the operations of the business’ IT and data security systems. Due to its position as a senior role, you will manage the strategy, design, development, implementation and monitoring of the entire cyber security infrastructure.
In this role, you will also be responsible for budget control for your department. You must be confident in your ability to manage people and oversee the projects your team is working on throughout each project’s lifetime.
How much does a security operations manager make?
The average security operations manager salary in the UK is £35,000, with the lower 10 percentile making £23,000. In the US, the average salary is $65,000 and $41,000 respectively.
What does a security operations manager do?
A security operations manager will be a key decision-maker and will need to organise and manage the development of the infrastructure of the business. This will include devising the overall security strategy, as well as sourcing and budgeting new software and hardware systems to tackle identified vulnerabilities.
Some typical duties include:
- Managing security teams
This will include allocating resources and monitoring team performance. You will also be expected to manage the development of your team throughout their careers.
- Planning and undertaking security investigations
Security investigations will include vulnerability assessments, penetration tests and forensic IT audits. Once reports have been made following these investigations, you will need to oversee the implementation of any recommendations identified.
- Liaising with other senior members of the business
You will be expected to liaise with other senior members of the company to deliver reports on your department’s activity, make recommendations on policy, assist in the organisation of training on new strategies and discuss the objectives of the business in terms of IT and data security.
- Overseeing security policies and their implementation
Your team will be responsible for implementing new infrastructure and ensuring it works correctly. As a result, you will also need to oversee how new strategies and software are implemented across the business, ensuring everything works correctly and that all relevant operations across the business continue to run smoothly.
- Budget management for your department
You will be responsible for managing and distributing the budget for your department. You will be required to know the pricing of your department’s projects and how that fits within the operations of the business.
- Managing the recruitment process
You will be required to oversee the entire recruitment process and training of new staff. You will also be expected to manage processes such as dismissal or redundancy if required.
What qualifications do I need to be a security operations manager?
Most employers will expect a security operations manager to have a degree in mathematics, computer science or a related field such as engineering. You may also be expected to hold a master’s degree in fields such as cyber security or computer science.
However, those without a degree qualification may still be considered with evidence of previous experience, likely over five years’ experience in a mid-level IT security position.
Formal qualifications you may want to consider to give you a stronger profile in your job search include the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certificate.
How do I become a security operations manager?
A security operations manager will have gained 3-5 years’ management experience in a similar organisation before progressing to this role. Those in mid-level roles such as security analyst, specialist, engineer or auditor may consider security operations manager as the next logical step in their career progression.
These are more technical roles, meaning you will gain a mastery of the technical operations of a security team and be more equipped to oversee the design and implementation of entire infrastructure systems.