Communications Security Manager Job Profile

What is a Communications Security Manager?

The Communications Security (COMSEC) Manager is an individual who manages the Communications Security (COMSEC) resources of an organization (CNSSI 4009) or key custodian for a Crypto Key Management System (CKMS).

Professional Certification

Communications Security Manager must know

  • computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies.
  • risk management processes (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk).
  • laws, regulations, policies, and ethics as they relate to cybersecurity and privacy.
  • cybersecurity and privacy principles.
  • cyber threats and vulnerabilities.
  • specific operational impacts of cybersecurity lapses.
  • encryption algorithms
  • business continuity and disaster recovery continuity of operations plans.
  • cybersecurity and privacy principles used to manage risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data.
  • incident response and handling methodologies.
  • system life cycle management principles, including software security and usability.
  • the organization’s enterprise information technology (IT) goals and objectives.
  • information security program management and project management principles and techniques.
  • Supply Chain Risk Management Practices
  • critical information technology (IT) procurement requirements.
  • laws, policies, procedures, or governance relevant to cybersecurity for critical infrastructures.
  • implementing enterprise key escrow systems to support data-at-rest encryption.
  • an organization’s information classification program and procedures for information compromise.
  • controls related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of data.

Key skills of the Communications Security Manager

  • determining how a security system should work (including its resilience and dependability capabilities) and how changes in conditions, operations, or the environment will affect these outcomes.
  • using Virtual Private Network (VPN) devices and encryption.
  • using Public-Key Infrastructure (PKI) encryption and digital signature capabilities into applications (e.g., S/MIME email, SSL traffic).
  • Communications Security Manager must be able to

    • interpret Communications Security (COMSEC) terminology, guidelines and procedures.
    • identify the roles and responsibilities for appointed Communications Security (COMSEC) personnel.
    • manage Communications Security (COMSEC) material accounting, control and use procedure.
    • identify types of Communications Security (COMSEC) Incidents and how they’re reported.
    • recognize the importance of auditing Communications Security (COMSEC) material and accounts.
    • Identify the requirements of In-Process accounting for Communications Security (COMSEC).
    • recognize the unique aspects of the Communications Security (COMSEC) environment and hierarchy.

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