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April 6, 2022

What Is a Security Manager?

One of the many benefits of training to be a security professional is the array of job positions to both get and grow into.


One of the many benefits of training to be a security professional is the array of job positions to both get and grow into. One of these jobs is as a security manager, where your day-to-day role will be varied and involve overseeing a team and a site. The role will also vary based on the company you’re working for. Keep reading to find out what it takes to become a security manager, as well as the benefits to doing so.

What Is a Security Manager?

A security manager oversees the entirety of a security team. This could mean a large team each with individual roles, or a group of a few security guards. Many security managers are also in charge of keeping track of technology being used in an organization. Knowing if it’s working, when to upgrade it, and conducting security analysis is all part of the job.

If a security emergency takes place, it is the job of a security manager to coordinate a quick response and supervise its implementation. Often people with this role have experience working in lower positions and have a good understanding of what it’s like to be in the field.

How Do You Become a Security Manager?

The easiest path to becoming a security manager is simply to set the goal and then begin to find mentors and take roles that lead there. Train first to be a security officer or an adjacent role, and learn what it’s like to be a part of a team. Ask to shadow other security managers and learn from them, while getting their advice on the role. Although formal degrees are often not required for positions like these, they can give you a leg up in the application process. Computer science or related IT fields are good choices, as well as communication.

Remember that this role isn’t all about your ability to defend or knowledge of criminals. Good communication skills, the ability to delegate and empathy are all necessary talents for security managers.

What Are the Benefits?

Security managers often rank higher when compared to base security officers. Because of this, they may receive higher, even salaried pay and added benefits. Because many security officers don’t spend their day to day on patrol, their schedules may be more flexible as well.

Security managers are also great positions for people who are interested in leading, completing day to day tasks and ensuring people stay safe.

If you’re interested in becoming a security manager, consider investing in training courses to familiarize yourself with every facet of security. ITAC offers courses for current and beginning security guards, but training in tech and communications is also necessary.

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