Executive Director and Chief Information Security Officer
University of Chicago (UC)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Internal Number: JR11459
Location: Hyde Park Campus
Develops and implements a strategic, long-term information security strategy and roadmap to ensure that the University of Chicagoâ™s information assets are adequately protected. Leads information security planning to establish an inclusive and comprehensive information security program for the institution.Â
Works with senior leaders across the organization to assess and communicate acceptable levels of risk. Â Provides guidance and counsel to the CIO and key members of University leadership on information security and IT risk matters. Â
Develops and fosters the Board of Trustees understanding of information security and risk management.
Identifies, evaluates, and reports on information security risks, practices, and projects to University leadership and the Board of Trustees.
Provides subject matter expertise on security standards and best practices (e.g. HIPAA, FERPA, PCI, FISMA/NIST, etc.).
Works with University leadership, Office of Legal Counsel, and relevant compliance department leadership to build cohesive security and compliance programs for the University to effectively address statutory and regulatory requirements. Develop a strategy for cohesively dealing with audits, compliance checks, and external assessment processes for internal / external auditors, PCI, ITAR, HIPAA, FISMA/NIST, and other applicable standards. Â
Leads the development of up-to-date information security policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines, and oversee their approval, dissemination, and maintenance.
Provides executive guidance on strategies for managing vendor risk and other third-party risk.
Leads the development, implementation, and administration of effective and reasonable security policies, practices, standards, and controls to mitigate risk, protect data, and ensure compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and contractual requirements. Â Provides technical leadership and executive leadership, direction, and guidance in assessing and evaluating information security risks and monitoring compliance with information security policies, standards, and controls.
Collaborates with and assists researchers whose research includes substantial information related risk, liability, or compliance elements. Â Collaborates with University Research Administration, Office of Legal Counsel, the Provost's Office, and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) to reduce information security risk and enable research activities to be successful. Â
Examines impacts of new technologies on the University of Chicagoâ™s overall information security and risk environment. Establish processes to review implementation of new technologies to ensure security compliance.
Develops, mentors, and manages a high performing staff of information security professionals.
Acts as the champion for the enterprise information security program and foster a security-aware culture.
Oversees the evaluation, selection, and implementation of information security solutions that are innovative, cost-effective, and minimally disruptive.
Partners with enterprise architecture, infrastructure, and applications teams to ensure that technologies are developed and maintained according to security policies and guidelines.
Provides executive leadership for the intrusion detection and vulnerability management program, and reporting senior leadership about the results of the program.
Develops organizational metrics to measure the effectiveness of the security management program, and increase the maturity of the program over time. Â
Manages institution-wide information security governance processes, including liaising with schools, divisions, and departments, to support campus-wide information security programs and project priorities. Â
Maintains strong working relationships between the Information Security organization and other IT teams to align information security practices throughout the University.
Directs the Identity and Access Management and IT Security and Compliance functions of IT Services and contributes to the overall development of its strategic goals, performance metrics, communication practices, and culture as a member of its senior leadership group.
Develops and chairs an information security advisory board for the University.Â
Maintains an awareness and understanding of the current and emerging threat landscape, information security issues, and regulatory changes for higher education; advises relevant stakeholders on appropriate courses of action.Â
Creates the strategy for security awareness programs and advises stakeholders at all levels on security issues, best practices, and vulnerabilities. Works with groups across the University to build awareness and a sense of common purpose around information security.
Engages with external communities to develop knowledge and awareness on information security practices at peer organizations, to promote and increase inter-organizational ability to address common problems in information security, and to manage inter-organizational information security incidents. Â
Liaise with law enforcement and other advisory bodies as necessary to ensure that the organization maintains a strong security posture.
Engages in professional development to maintain continual growth in professional skills and knowledge essential to the position.
Manages confidential investigations as requested by the appropriate authorities.
Manages security staff through senior managers. Oversees the development of performance goals, directs training, and establishes the structure for allocating resources and assessing division or University policies. Executes functional business plans and contributes to the development of overall security strategy. Oversees the departmental budget. Implement the various elements of the University's information security program, including access management, device security, incident response, policies, training, and outreach, risk management and compliance, security architecture, and vulnerability management, PCI compliance, HIPPA compliance, and support data governance, data stewardship, and technical architecture review programs.
Reviews hardware, software, and services being considered for purchase or implementation by IT Services and other campus departments to assess security issues (strengths/risks) and assure proper information security features are incorporated to support university business needs; provides security requirements to be included in an RFP for software and services.
Performs other related work as needed.
Bachelorâ™s degree in computer science, engineering, or a related field.
Graduate degree. Â
Minimum 15 years of experience in information security and information technology assignments with progressively greater responsibility and authority.
Minimum eight years of information security leadership, and management responsibilities.â‹
Employment history in a large, decentralized organization. Â
Background with contract and vendor negotiations.
Oversee incident response planning and testing, the investigation of security breaches, and assist with any associated disciplinary, communications, public relations, and legal matters.
Professional certifications, such as a CISSP, CISM, CISA.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
Broad knowledge of IT and IT security.
Working knowledge with technical acumen including but not limited to: OSI, IT infrastructure, cloud, application development languages, tools and frameworks, database technologies, web technologies, next gen mobile, network architecture, enterprise architecture, and directory services.
Manage infrastructure and processes for incident detection and response, threat hunting, and offensive security (Red Team) testing, across a wide variety of on-premise and cloud environments.Â
Security technology acumen and experience including but not limited to: firewall, intrusion detection, cyber-attack tools and defenses, encryption, certificate authority, web filtering, anti-malware, anti-phishing, identity and access management, and multi-factor authentication.
Knowledge of and experience with key regulations affecting IT security, risk, and compliance.
Demonstrated ability to assess IT risk, including risk to mission; to develop strategies, policies, and procedures; and to successfully implement these. Â
Combination of strategic leadership, relationship-building skills to develop and implement security programs, broad technical knowledge, and subject-matter expertise.Â
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, plus the ability to achieve goals through influence, collaboration, and cooperation.
Work effectively with an array of constituencies in a diverse community with distributed authority.
Integrity and high standards of personal and professional conduct.
Standard office environment.
Sit or stand for short or extended time periods.
Extensively use computer.
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