Information Technology Careers | Cyber Security Manager / Administrator

Cyber Security Manager / Administrator

Career Area: Information Technology

Occupation Group: Network and Systems Engineering

Salary

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A typical Cyber Security Manager / Administrator earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $99,187

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $98,373

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Monitors, controls, and maintains systems that protect the security of large databases, including databases with customer information and patient files. Manages and administers the examination of client computer systems, identification of weak points in security, development and implementation of new systems, and monitoring and response to security issues.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina568+33.2%
Nationwide19900+28.5%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Cyber Security Manager / Administrator is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.
  • Research: Experience performing creative and systematic work to understand a product, market, or customer, either before building a new solution, or to troubleshoot an existing issue

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Information Security: Information security, sometimes shortened to InfoSec, is the practice of preventing unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, inspection, recording or destruction of information.
  • Information Systems: An information system (IS) is an organized system for the collection, organization, storage and communication of information.
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Working experience of NIST Cybersecurity Framework, which The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) provides a policy framework of computer security guidance for how private sector organizations in the United States can assess and improve their ability to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber attacks. It provides a high level taxonomy of cybersecurity outcomes and a methodology to assess and manage those outcomes. Version 1.0 was published by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2014, originally aimed at operators of critical infrastructure. Is being used by a wide range of businesses and organizations, and helps shift organizations to be proactive about risk management. In 2017, a draft version of the framework, version 1.1, was circulated for public comment[4].
  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
  • Information Assurance: Information assurance (IA) is the practice of assuring information and managing risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data and the systems and processes used for those purposes.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Cyber Security Manager / Administrator that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Certification & Accreditation: Certification and Accreditation (C&A or CnA) is a process for implementing any formal process.
  • Certified Ethical Hacker:
  • ISO 27001: Working experience of ISO 27001, which ISO/IEC 27001 is an information security standard, part of the ISO/IEC 27000 family of standards, of which the last version was published in September 2013. It is published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) under the joint ISO and IEC subcommittee, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27. ISO/IEC 27001 specifies a management system that is intended to bring information security under management control and gives specific requirements. Organizations that meet the requirements may be certified by an accredited certification body following successful completion of an audit.
  • National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual: The National Industrial Security Program, or NISP, is the nominal authority (in the United States) for managing the needs of private industry to access classified information.
  • Data Security: Working experience of Data Security. Data security means protecting digital data, such as those in a database, from destructive forces and from the unwanted actions of unauthorized users, such as a cyberattack or a data breach.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years8%
3 to 5 years46%
6 to 8 years24%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Information Security Manager
  • Information Systems Security Officer
  • Security Administrator
  • Information Systems Security Officer Isso
  • Information Security Officer

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