Project managers play the lead role and have the overall responsibilities for the planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project. They must have a wide variety of skills, including the ability to settle disputes, identifying unstated biases, as well as general management skills.
A project managers’ role can differ vastly across different industries. So what does an IT/cybersecurity project manager do?
A cybersecurity project manager will be responsible for simultaneously planning and organising numerous complex projects. IT projects can range from software/app developments, hardware installation, cloud computing to data management, and more. Having an experienced project manager will help ensure that the team stays on the budget and schedule that was agreed on. As the overseer, they will allocate resources in the best way possible to ensure the projects are executed with the best performance and most efficient way.
Here are 3 advantages of having a project manager:
Achieve project goals
For a cybersecurity project to be successful, it has to be consistent with the overall business strategy and goals. A project manager can keep your cybersecurity projects in check and make sure that they are executed with the overall corporate goals in mind.
Efficient resource allocation
Resource allocation is the process of assigning and scheduling available resources in the most effective and economical manner. Project managers will do so by considering variables such as quantity, skills and ideas to achieve the best possible outcome. Allocation of resources plays a significant role in projects which ultimately affects the company’s performance. This also prevents under or overutilisation of the team.
Project managers are essential as they help minimise your cybersecurity project risks by identifying and analysing problems that could affect the progress of a project. If a problem surfaces, they will ensure that it is properly managed, alleviated and communicated. This is important to prevent any delays or hiccups in your project.
Many have experience leading a team, from group assignments to sports, which allows you to have exposure to the process of project management. But when it comes to IT project management, it would be best to have more experience and take on some formal project management training. Getting qualified is important and you can accelerate your cybersecurity career with certification courses like the Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile training course in Singapore or PRINCE2 Foundation certification, and more.
If you are looking for a career in IT/Cybersecurity and wondering if a project manager position is right for you, be sure not to miss the Cybersecurity Conversion Programme (CCP) starting in late October 2020. BridgingMinds is offering multiple course tracks in the programme to help entrants and mid-career professionals upskill themselves in the cybersecurity field. Don’t miss out your chance to experience the cybersecurity industry for yourself!