Protecting the electronic information generated and stored within a company is a high level job that requires both education and experience in the IT industry. A qualified Director of Security is responsible for maintaining privacy, protecting confidential information and ensuring that a well-functioning security system remains in place.
The CISO, Chief Information Security Officer, provides full protection for all data leaving and entering the business. The director of security holds a background in all aspects of information technology and has a complete understanding of current hardware and software systems used in the business and in similar industries. The position requires the ability to predict possible threats on security and to continually be aware of new changes in IT security systems. Qualified candidates possess proven communication skills and interact regularly with management and technical personnel to develop and implement security strategies.
The Director of Security ensures that proper firewalls, antivirus software and other security protections are installed and working properly. They design the appropriate security systems and keep abreast of any changes affected by adding new equipment or technology. Other job duties include recommending new regulations within the company to protect both internal and external data transfers. The position requires an individual that has the ability to create, monitor and revise all security protection and immediately resolve issues. The officer must foresee potential threats and develop effective strategies to combat security violations.
Salary Ranges For Systems Engineers
CISO personnel with experience of less than ten years will find salaries at a major corporation that range from $140,000 to $150,000 per year. After 10 years, salaries typically jump to $160,000 and may climb to $180,000 with appropriate experience and advanced education such as a postgraduate degree. These figures are based on national averages and vary according to the size of the company and the type of business. The ideal employer of a Director of Security realizes the importance of a full-time officer and allows a budget priority for their employment.