Information Security Senior Manager

Grant Thornton - Chicago, Illinois
6/29/2018 4:11:34 AM

About Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL)

The GTIL information technology environment is highly distributed and diverse, with strong leadership and direct report units. We are seeking a strong, knowledgeable, and hand-on Security leader to provide strategy, broad-based planning, and hands-on responsibility as the GTIL and Global Security Officer (GSO).

The GSO reports to the Director of Technology and serves a key role in GTIL leadership, working closely with senior administration and global leaders. The GSO is an advocate for the GTIL and Global information security needs and is responsible for the development and delivery of a comprehensive information security strategy to optimize the security posture of GTIL and the Global Member Firm Network. The GSO leads the development and implementation of a security program that leverages collaborations and global resources, facilitates information security governance (GSOC), advises senior leadership on security direction and resource investments, and designs appropriate policies to manage information security risk. The complexity of this position requires a leadership approach that is engaging, imaginative, and collaborative, with a sophisticated ability to work with other leaders to set the best balance between security strategies and other priorities at the global level.

Main responsibilities

Responsible for the strategic leadership of GTIL and Global Member Firm information security program.
Provide guidance and counsel key members of GTIL and the Global Member Firm leadership team, working closely with senior administration and global leaders in defining objectives for information security, while building relationships and goodwill.
Work with GTIL leadership to oversee the formation and operations of GTIL and Global information security organization that is organized toward a common goal in information security.
Promote collaborative, empowered working environments across GTIL and the Global Member Firm Network, removing barriers and realizing possibilities.
Manage GTIL and Global information security governance processes, chair the Global Security Officer Committee (GSOC) and lead Information Security Liaisons in the establishment of an information security program and project priorities.
Lead information security planning processes to establish an inclusive and comprehensive information security program for the entire institution in support of GTIL and the Global Member Firm Network systems and technology.
Establish annual and long-range security and compliance goals, define security strategies, metrics, reporting mechanisms and program services; and create maturity models and a roadmap for continual program improvements.
Stay abreast of information security issues and regulatory changes affecting higher education at the state and national level, participate in national policy and practice discussions, and communicate to campus on a regular basis about those topics. Engage in professional development to maintain continual growth in professional skills and knowledge essential to the position.
Provide leadership philosophy for the Information Security Office to create a strong bridge between organizations, build respect for the contributions of all and bring groups together to share information and resources and create better decisions, policies and practices for the GTIL and Global Capabilities.
Mentor the Information Security Office team members and implement professional development plans for all members of the team.
Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.
Lead the development and implementation of effective and reasonable policies and practices to secure protected and sensitive data and ensure information security and compliance with relevant legislation and legal interpretation.
Lead efforts to internally assess, evaluate and make recommendations to management regarding the adequacy of the security controls for the Company's information and technology systems.
Work with Internal Audite and outside consultants as appropriate on required security assessments and audits.
Provide guidance, evaluation and advocacy on audit responses.
Work with GTIL leadership and relevant responsible compliance department leadership to build cohesive security and compliance programs to effectively address state and federal statutory and regulatory requirements.
Work closely with IT leaders, technical experts, and administrative leaders across GTIL on a wide variety of security issues that require an in-depth understanding of the IT environment in their units, as well as the research landscape and federal regulations that pertain to their unit's research areas.
Create education and awareness programs and advise operating units at all levels on security issues, best practices, and vulnerabilities.
Keep abreast of security incidents and act as primary control point during significant information security incidents. Convene a Incident Response Teams (GTIL and Global) as needed, or requested, in addressing and investigating security incidences that arise.
Convene Ad Hoc Security Committee as appropriate and provide leadership for breach response and notification actions.
Develop, implement and administer technical security standards, as well as a suite of security services and tools to address and mitigate security risk.
Provide leadership, direction and guidance in assessing and evaluating information security risks and monitor compliance with security standards and appropriate policies.
Examine impacts of new technologies and overall information security. Establish processes to review implementation of new technologies to ensure security compliance.



Essential Certifications: CISSP, GIAC, CISM
Desirable Certifications: CCISO, CGEIT, CISA, COBIT
Experience 5 years' experience of Information Security, preferably in a financial, business to business or professional services environment
Self-starter with the ability and confidence to develop and implement their own projects and workload
Strong written and inter-personal skills
Good organisation and time management skills and an ability to manage multiple projects previous experience of working within a global professional services environment and with international stakeholders


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