Friday, Mar 08 2019

How to Become a Security Risk Management Lead

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How to Become a Security Risk Management Lead


If you work in security risk management, the idea of becoming a lead may be exciting. After all, it is a logical step forward in your career and often serves as a springboard into higher management-level roles.

In order to become a security risk management lead, you need to bring the right combinations of education, experience, and skills to the table. If you are ready to find out if you have what it takes to make the leap, here’s what you need to know.

Education and Experience

More often than not, security risk management lead roles have specific educational requirements. Having a Bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science, information technology (IT), computer engineering, or a related discipline is typically viewed as a must.

At times, additional credentials, like certifications relating to security or risk management (such as CISSP), are either requirements or viewed as “preferred” in the eyes of the hiring manager. Without them, you may struggle to stand out from other candidates.

It is important to note that some companies will allow direct experience to substitute for education. However, this is additional time above and beyond the base experience requirement, and may take a significant amount of time to attain.


Proven Capabilities in Security Risk Management

Lead roles are never entry-level positions. Instead, you will need to have a strong foundation in security risk management, including everything from the ability to draft risk frameworks to completing complex analyses and issuing recommendations.

Familiarity with ISO 27001, PCI, SOC2, and similar regimes is often essential. Similarly, technical expertise in certain tools, infrastructure, or software applications may be crucial, though the precise needs usually vary from one company to the next.


Leadership Experience

As a security risk management lead, you commonly oversee a team of other security risk management professionals. As a result, leadership skills and experience are often vital to your success, showcasing that you are capable of guiding others to reach success.

Usually, time spent leading projects and initiatives that included coordinating the efforts of others is sufficient as long as the work had a large enough scope. However, experience gained leading others outside of your core role, including through volunteer activities, may also be enough.


Communication Skills

Without communication skills, working as a lead is incredibly difficult. Security risk management leads frequently must communicate with a range of stakeholders as well as with their team, both verbally and in writing. Plus, the ability to breakdown complex topics and convey the information to less savvy individuals is a hallmark of these positions, particularly since members of the senior leadership team and some other stakeholders may not have a similar professional background as yours.


Contact The Armada Group for Help With Your Career!

All the education, experience, and skills above can be valuable if you want to become a security risk management lead. If you would like more information, the team at The Armada Group can answer any questions you may have about these opportunities. Contact us to speak with a member of our knowledgeable team today and see how our expertise can benefit you.