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Familiarity with information security management

The information security manager must know about the elements of an information security organizational infrastructure. These elements includes responsibilities, policies, standards, procedures and the like (a list of these is provided in "Current Documents"). The manager must also be familiar with, and know how to use, generally accepted information security management tools such as risk analysis software and contingency planning software. This manager must additionally be aware of other information systems management tools that can be used to enhance information security; one commonly deployed example is a network management system. If the manager is not familiar with information security management tools and approaches, he or she will not be able to marshal the limited information security resources to the organization's best advantage. This in turn will lead to problems like unnecessary costs and delays in developing new systems. For example, the manager may then suggest a manual solution when an automated solution is current available and more cost-effective.

INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGER QUALIFICATIONS

  Introduction
  Excellent communication skills
  Good relationship management skills
  Ability to manage many important projects simultaneously
  Ability to resolve conflicts between security and business objectives
  Ability to see the big picture
  Basic familiarity with information security technology
  Real world hands-on experience
  Commitment to staying on top of the technology
  Honesty and high-integrity character
  Familiarity with information security management
  Tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty
  Demonstrated good judgement
  Ability to work independently
  A certain amount of polish

Information Security Roles and Responsibilities Made Easy, Version 2
By Charles Cresson Wood
278 pages; $495
Published by Information Shield

Download Appendix B, Personal Qualifications

This was first published in September 2005

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