Cyber Security Operations Director

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The role of the Cyber Security Operations Director has become increasingly crucial as cyber crime has proliferated in the United States and around the world. The Cyber Security Operations Director provides the overall leadership for an organization’s cybersecurity initiatives and systems and for ensuring security awareness and enforcement.

An effective Cyber Security Operations Director has strong expertise in network security monitoring and incident response to ensure proper real-time detection and reaction services for information security incidents. The Director also will have demonstrated project management skills and experience; demonstrated knowledge of investigative processes; an understanding of network traffic analysis; an in-depth knowledge of information security tools; and knowledge of industry policies, processes and standards.

A Cyber Security Operations Manager generally will be responsible for the following:

  • analyzing, investigating, reporting, remediating, coordinating, and tracking security-related activities
  • establishing standard operating procedures for computer network defense
  • providing threat intelligence, strategic analysis, and near real-time auditing
  • analyzing data and preparing reports to document vulnerabilities
  • recommending actions to prevent, repair, or mitigate vulnerabilities
  • maintaining reliable, up-to-date, information on risk identification and mitigation strategies
  • conducting investigations associated with network, computer, or data breaches
  • educating stakeholders on information security risks

General Educational Requirements

Most positions for a Cyber Security Operations Director require a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Computer/Data Systems Management, or a related field. Job experience in the field demonstrating leadership responsibility generally will be required for this position as will industry certification and a government security clearance.


Additional Qualifications

A Cyber Security Operations Director must possess strong analytical, documentation, and verbal and written communication skills and must demonstrate strong organization and planning skills with an ability to influence key business partners. The Director also should possess critical thinking and problem solving skills and should demonstrate an ability to establish and maintain cross-functional and positive working relationships.

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