Strong Leadership Capabilities
An effective cybersecurity manager must have the ability to influence people and to focus them on specific objectives as part of a project team. They must be able to take complicated technology topics and explain them to people involved in the project from other departments.
To be effective, the cybersecurity leader must have strong relationship-building skills. The perception of any individual as a strong leader rests on skills such as knowledge, empathy, and of course, ethics.
Extensive Technology Knowledge
Technology changes so quickly that you must allocate some of your time to keep up on the latest advances. As a cybersecurity manager, you will not need to be an expert in every aspect of every technology that your company uses. You will hire talented staff for those jobs. However, you will need to understand enough about each area to be able to align your team with the company’s strategy and goals.
You must also be mindful of emerging industry issues, such as phishing and ransomware, so that you can design and monitor the security of your company’s network and business systems.
Business intelligence (BI) is another emerging area of critical importance. In many industries, BI has moved well beyond old-style data warehousing tools to encompass Big Data analytics and in-memory computing, allowing companies to gain insight nearly instantaneously from multiple sources of data. You need to have the technical vision and background in data fusion and analysis to help lead your company in the adoption of such emerging tools.
Cybersecurity managers are in high demand, which is reflected in the high salaries that qualified people can command. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual information systems salary is $142,530.
With the right mix of skills, professional experience, and a graduate degree from a well-regarded program, you will be well on your way to a management career within cybersecurity.
Utica College can help. We offer one of the country’s top online MBAs in Cybersecurity. The specialized program provides professionals with an advanced understanding of the history and evolution of cybersecurity and its impact on today’s business landscape.
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