A Security Director is a senior level role, often also known as an Information or IT Security Director, they are responsible for overseeing an entire organisations overall IT Security.
The job role will cover strategic oversight of everything to do with IT Security with involvement in scoping of requirements, design, development, implementation, incident response, budgets and adherence to protocols, regulations and legal requirements.
An IT Security Director will have many years of relevant experience in various IT Security related roles, with a depth of knowledge gained enabling them to effectively manage all aspects of IT and Information Security at an organisation.
You may have responsibility for overseeing design, testing and Implementation of IT Security solutions within your organisation plus control of the maintenance and monitoring of all live production environments.
Strategic planning, leadership, staff development, training and adherence to legal, compliance and regulatory requirements will all be under your remit.
This important high-powered job role will involve you in the strategic decision-making, creation and execution of system implementations, processes and procedures impacting on the reliability and security of your entire organisations IT projects and systems.
As an IT Security Director you will oversee teams working to identify and safeguard the organisation against all known security threats, weaknesses, bugs and exploits. The role oversees both the staff and management processes keeping your organisation safe and secure in an ever more uncertain and insecure world.
This job role will hold you ultimately responsible for overseeing your organisations existing IT Security Systems and new software and hardware modifications, or other changes that will impact upon overall data security.
The definition, implementation and maintenance of corporate security policy and procedures will be your ultimate responsibility, across the entire project lifecycle.
More specific Security Director responsibilities may include:
1) Creation and execution of IT and Data Security strategies that will enhance and increase the reliability and security of the IT systems and projects at your organisation.
2) Oversee the managers and teams that you are responsible for, allocating the correct resources to ensure that staff are delivering secure and robust IT solutions to the organisations identified requirements.
3) Oversee the planning and execution of any required vulnerability audits, penetration tests and forensic IT investigations, ensuring that any outcomes improve the organisations overall IT Security.
4) Liaison with other senior level directors, the organisations board and other key stakeholders plus those managers, programmers and other risk-assessment professionals that come under your umbrella.
5) Ensuring the integration of IT Systems Development with the organisations overall security policies, IT and data protection strategies.
6) Ensuring that staff training in the latest security awareness skills, together with any associated protocols, methodologies and procedures, takes place.
7) Take full responsibility for compliance with any related legislation, such as the Data Protection Act, ISO standards and government regulations, as they come in to force.
8) Prepare budgetary allocations and financial forecasts relating to IT security including adherence to strategic policy.
9) Manage staff development, new hires, on-going staff development, dispute resolution, redundancy and termination of staff.
10) Manage partners, stakeholders, vendors and third party service or solutions providers of relevant IT Security services.
11) Ensure that all projects, budgets and resources under your remit are managed effectively. Ensure that your organisation is receiving a favorable return on it investments in staff, hardware, software and service providers.
The job of Security Director is usually a daytime role, working an average 40 hours per week although, as a senior level employee, you may be expected to work above and beyond these hours when required to do so.
What can you expect to earn as a Security Director? The position of an IT Security Director is a senior level role. Salaries will of course vary depending on your experience, qualifications, the organisation and sector.
According to Payscale* Salary expectations for the role of Security Manager are $39,980 – $148,083 or £30,753 to £113,910 at a conversion rate of 1.3 for USD/GBP.
Sources: * Payscale – http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Security_Director/Salary