TOT 016: Senior-Level Cybersecurity Jobs

John Barker
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You are probably interested in hiring someone to help with cybersecurity in your company or looking to enter the field. In the 3rd and final part of my cybersecurity series, I’ve put together a list of senior-level cybersecurity jobs.  This is clearly not an exhaustive list.  But I want you to start thinking about the way you structure your position descriptions.

People are really confused with the cybersecurity industry. You can clear up some of the myths around cybersecurity by reading my “26 Cybersecurity Myths & Facts” column.

I hear from business leaders “We need cybersecurity help!’  But what does that mean?  There are many technical and non-technical roles in the cybersecurity field.

There are too many hiring posts that say entry level with senior level requirements, and senior level certifications, that want to pay $10 per hour.

It’s no wonder there are so many vacancies.

The list I’ve compiled below is for people with 5+ years of experience.  The certifications on these job descriptions have minimum work experience requirements.  The CISSP requires a minimum of 5 years of experience.  My personal recommendation is not to take it without close to 10 years of experience unless you are exposed to enough of the information.

Take the time to understand your true needs and align the job description to fit your needs at the appropriate level.

If no one is responding to your online posts or answering the recruiter, it’s because your position description is awful.

Check out my entry-level cybersecurity jobs column if you missed it.


Job Title: Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Job Description: The CISO is the top executive responsible for an organization’s information and data security. They develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to manage the risks related to information security, data protection, and privacy. They oversee a team of IT security professionals and work closely with other executives to align security initiatives with business goals.

Certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Job Title: Security Architect

Job Description: Security Architects design, build, and implement enterprise-class security systems for an organization’s IT environment. They translate business objectives and risk management strategies into secure solutions and architectures. Their role involves creating and maintaining the company’s security infrastructure and ensuring that it aligns with business needs and compliance requirements.

Certifications: CISSP, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Job Title: Director of Information Security

Job Description: The Director of Information Security oversees the development and implementation of a security program that safeguards critical assets from external and internal threats. They manage a team of security professionals, develop security budgets, and ensure compliance with the latest regulations and standards.

Certifications: CISSP, CISM, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)

Job Title: Cybersecurity Consultant (Senior)

Job Description: Senior Cybersecurity Consultants provide expert guidance to organizations on how to protect their critical assets. They assess vulnerabilities, design security strategies, and offer solutions to mitigate risks. They often specialize in specific areas like cloud security, network security, or compliance.

Certifications: CISSP, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Master

Job Title: Penetration Testing Manager

Job Description: Penetration Testing Managers lead teams that identify and exploit vulnerabilities in hardware and software. They simulate cyber-attacks to test the resilience of security systems and provide recommendations for strengthening them. Their role is crucial in proactive defense against potential cyber threats.

Certifications: Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE), Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) Master

Job Title: Incident Response Director

Job Description: The Incident Response Director leads the organization’s response to security breaches and cyber-attacks. They develop response strategies, coordinate with different departments, and ensure timely mitigation of threats. They also conduct post-incident analysis to prevent future incidents.

Certifications: GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Certified Incident Handling Engineer (CIHE)

Job Title: Security Operations Center (SOC) Manager

Job Description: The SOC Manager oversees the activities of the Security Operations Center, ensuring that potential security incidents are detected, analyzed, and responded to promptly. They manage a team of analysts, define operational procedures, and ensure the SOC has the necessary tools and technologies.

Certifications: CISSP, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)


Job Title: Risk Management Director

Job Description: The Risk Management Director identifies, evaluates, and prioritizes risks across the organization. They develop risk management strategies, policies, and processes to mitigate potential threats. They also ensure that the organization’s risk posture aligns with its business objectives and regulatory requirements.

Certifications: CRISC, PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)

Job Title: Forensics Expert

Job Description: Forensics Experts investigate cybercrimes by analyzing digital evidence. They recover lost or deleted data, study malware, and provide expert testimony in court. They play a crucial role in understanding the nature and extent of cyber-attacks.

Certifications: GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)

Job Title: Application Security Manager

Job Description: The Application Security Manager ensures that software applications are developed, tested, and maintained securely. They work closely with development teams to integrate security measures into the software development lifecycle and ensure that applications are free from vulnerabilities.

Certifications: Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), GIAC Web Application Defender (GWEB)

Job Title: Threat Intelligence Director

Job Description: The Threat Intelligence Director oversees the gathering and analysis of information about emerging threats and cyber risks. They provide insights to help the organization stay ahead of potential cyber threats and develop strategies to counteract them.

Certifications: GIAC Cyber Threat Intelligence (GCTI), Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst (CTIA)

Job Title: Compliance Director

Job Description: The Compliance Director ensures that the organization adheres to external regulations and internal policies related to cybersecurity. They oversee audits, manage relationships with regulators, and ensure that the organization remains compliant as regulations evolve.

Certifications: CISA, Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP)

Job Title: Cloud Security Architect

Job Description: Cloud Security Architects specialize in securing cloud-based infrastructure and applications. They design and implement security controls for cloud services, ensure compliance with industry standards, and work with cloud providers to optimize security configurations.

Certifications: Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), AWS Certified Security – Specialty

Job Title: Identity and Access Management (IAM) Director

Job Description: The IAM Director oversees the processes and technologies that manage user identities and control access to resources. They ensure that only authorized individuals have access to specific assets and that access is granted in accordance with policies.

Certifications: Identity Management Professional (IDM), CISSP

Job Title: Data Privacy Officer

Job Description: Data Privacy Officers ensure that an organization’s data handling practices are compliant with privacy laws. They oversee data privacy policies, handle data breach incidents, and serve as the point of contact for privacy-related inquiries from both inside and outside the organization.

Certifications: Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE)

See you next week.


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John Barker

John Barker

John has over 25 years of technology experience and earned a Bachelor’s in Business Management & MBA.  He also holds CISSP and PMP certifications.