Location: Portsmouth (Drayton & Farlington) Competitive salary (dependent on skills and experience) Reference: REQ272
This role is responsible for establishing and maintaining a corporate wide information security management program to ensure that information assets are adequately protected. This position is responsible for identifying, evaluating and reporting on information security risks in a manner that meets compliance and regulatory requirements, and aligns with and supports the risk posture of the enterprise. The CISO position requires a visionary leader with sound knowledge of business management and a working knowledge of information security technologies. The CISO will proactively work with business units to implement practices that meet defined policies and standards for information security. He or she will also oversee a variety of IT-related risk management activities.
The CISO serves as the process owner of all assurance activities related to the availability, integrity and confidentiality of customer, business partner, employee and business information in compliance with the organization's information security policies. A key element of the CISO's role is working with executive management to determine acceptable levels of risk for the organization. The CISO must be highly knowledgeable about the business environment and ensure that information systems are maintained in a fully functional, secure mode.
The ideal candidate is a thought leader, a consensus builder, and an integrator of people and processes. While the CISO is the leader of the security program, he or she must also be able to coordinate disparate drivers, constraints and personalities, while maintaining objectivity and a strong understanding that security is just one of the business's activities. It cannot be undertaken at the expense of the enterprise's ability to deliver on its goals and objectives. Ultimately, the CISO is a business leader, and should have a track record of competency in the field of information security or risk management, with eight to 10 years of relevant experience, including four years in a significant leadership role.
Define the IT security vision, governance, strategy and roadmap
Develop, implement and monitor a strategic, comprehensive enterprise information security and IT risk management program to ensure that the integrity, confidentiality and availability of information is owned, controlled or processed by the organization.
Manage the enterprise's information security organization, consisting of direct reports and indirect reports (such as individuals in business continuity and IT operations). This includes hiring, training, staff development, performance management and annual performance reviews.
Facilitate information security governance through the implementation of a hierarchical governance program, including the formation of an information security steering committee or advisory board.
Develop, maintain and publish up-to-date information security policies, standards and guidelines. Oversee the approval, training, and dissemination of security policies and practices.
Create, communicate and implement a risk-based process for vendor risk management, including the assessment and treatment for risks that may result from partners, consultants and other service providers.
Develop and manage information security budgets, and monitor them for variances.
Create and manage information security and risk management awareness training programs for all employees, contractors and approved system users.
Work directly with the business units to facilitate IT risk assessment and risk management processes, and work with stakeholders throughout the enterprise on identifying acceptable levels of residual risk.
Provide regular reporting on the current status of the information security program to enterprise risk teams, senior business leaders and the board of directors as part of a strategic enterprise risk management program.
Create a framework for roles and responsibilities with regard to information ownership, classification, accountability and protection.
Develop and enhance an information security management framework based on the following: International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 27001 and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cyber Framework.
Provide strategic risk guidance for IT projects, including the evaluation and recommendation of technical controls.
Liaise with the enterprise architecture team to ensure alignment between the security and enterprise architectures, thus coordinating the strategic planning implicit in these architectures.
Coordinate information security and risk management projects with resources from the IT organization and business unit teams.
Create and manage a unified and flexible control framework to integrate and normalize the wide variety and ever-changing requirements resulting from global laws, standards and regulations.
Ensure that security programs are in compliance with relevant laws, regulations and policies to minimize or eliminate risk and audit findings.
Liaise among the information security team and corporate compliance, audit, legal and HR management teams as required.
Define and facilitate the information security risk assessment process, including the reporting and oversight of treatment efforts to address negative findings.
Manage security incidents and events to protect corporate IT assets, including intellectual property, regulated data and the company's reputation.
Monitor the external threat environment for emerging threats, and advise relevant stakeholders on the appropriate courses of action.
Liaise with external agencies, such as NCSC and other advisory bodies as necessary, to ensure that the organization maintains a strong security posture.
Coordinate the use of external resources involved in the information security program, including, but not limited to, interviewing, negotiating contracts and fees, and managing external resources.
Develop and oversee effective disaster recovery policies and standards to align with enterprise business continuity management program goals. Coordinate the development of implementation plans and procedures to ensure that business-critical services are recovered in the event of a security event. Provide direction, support and in-house consulting in these areas.
Facilitate a metrics and reporting framework to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of the program, facilitate appropriate resource allocation, and increase the maturity of the security.
Understand and interact with related disciplines through committees to ensure the consistent application of policies and standards across all technology projects, systems and services, including, but not limited to, privacy, risk management, compliance and business continuity management.
Extensive experience in a combination of risk management, information security and IT jobs. At least four must be in a senior leadership role. Employment history must demonstrate increasing levels of responsibility.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal and collaborative skills, and the ability to communicate security and risk-related concepts to technical and nontechnical audiences.
Proven track record and experience in developing information security policies and procedures, as well as successfully executing programs that meet the objectives of excellence in a dynamic environment.
Poise and ability to act calmly and competently in high-pressure, high-stress situations.
Must be a critical thinker, with strong problem-solving skills.
Knowledge and understanding of relevant legal and regulatory requirements, such as GDPR and other UK, standards and regulations.
Exhibit excellent analytical skills, the ability to manage multiple projects under strict timelines, as well as the ability to work well in a demanding, dynamic environment and meet overall objectives.
Project management skills: financial/budget management, scheduling and resource management.
Ability to lead and motivate cross-functional, interdisciplinary teams to achieve tactical and strategic goals.
Degree in business administration or a technology-related field, or equivalent work- or education-related experience.
Professional security management certification, such as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or other similar credentials, is desired.
Knowledge of common information security management frameworks, such as ISO/IEC 27001, ITIL, COBIT and ones from NIST.
Experience with contract and vendor negotiations.
High level of personal integrity, as well as the ability to professionally handle confidential matters, and show an appropriate level of judgment and maturity.
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