Security Management is a broad subject that covers several different areas of ‘protection.’ Relative to business environment, security management has specific attributes, needs and opportunities.
What is Security Management?
According to Learn.org, security management is “a broad field that encompasses everything from the supervision of security guards at malls and museums to the installation of high-tech security management systems designed to protect an organization’s data.” As a component of business and industry, the management of a security suite includes access to buildings, computer networks and company data and information.
What Careers exist in Security Management?
The main career opportunities are in physical security management and information security management. Physical security management covers more than access to addresses and data/information; on a national scale, this is the arena covered by the Department of Homeland Security and includes geographical security (i.e. airports and borders) and cyber security (government computer networks). Information security covers computer networks held by private organizations. Careers in the field include Computer and Information System Managers and Engineers, as well as Chief Technology Officers. System Managers and Engineers are typically responsible for deploying security software and monitoring for vulnerabilities in a computer network. CTOs typically evaluate technology, set standards for their company and make decisions relative to an organizations information security.
What Degree Programs are available in Security Management?
A job in security management often requires a bachelor’s degree, although a higher-level education (up to MBA) is considered important because of the executive/leadership component of the position and the responsibility to make decisions that can impact the entire organization. Security management degrees are often found under the Criminal Justice field in most schools. Specific degrees include: BS in Criminal Justice, BS in Criminal Justice: Homeland Security, BS in Criminal Justice: Homeland Security: & Emergency Management, BS in Criminal Justice: Computer Security & Forensics, BS in Criminal Justice: International Business, BS in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement and BS in Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice Administration.
Is Financial Aid Available for these Degrees?
Federal student aid can be applied for by completing a free application at (FAFSA). In additional to federal aid opportunities, schools offer private aid opportunities that are both merit and non-merit based. Security management firms should be another potential source for scholarships or grants that are offered in exchange for employment commitments. Most of this information is available with a little research on the web in addition to speaking with an admissions representative at your school of choice.
Is there specific Accreditation for Security Management Degree programs?
The two most popular accrediting organizations are ABET, a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) program which is a program sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Because most programs fall under Criminal Justice instead of the specific category of information or data security, these accrediting agencies may or may not approve of these programs
How can I find a Reputable School for Network Security Degrees?
The best approach to finding a specific program for you is to do your research! Many resources are readily available to obtain information about security management degree programs. Be aware that there are several factors to consider, including (but not limited to): program/school accreditation, program duration, employment placement assistance, net cost and financial aid. In order to help make the best choice for their specific program, we recommend spending much time gathering and reviewing relevant information. Since security management is a wide field, opportunities for success are great, as is the need for capable, competent individuals to fill the roles!