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Chief Information Security Officer

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Chief Information Security Officer

Virginia Community Colleges - System Office

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our colleges provide programs and courses of instruction through the associate-degree level, encompassing occupational-technical education, college transfer education, general education, developmental education, continuing education and workforce development. We provide access to quality higher educational opportunities and workforce training throughout the Commonwealth for over 225,000 credit students and nearly 175,000 non-credit students. Our mission is to give everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. As such, the VCCS aims to become a model institution for diversity and invites multicultural professionals from all backgrounds to contribute to its aspiration for building an inclusive community where everyone is given equal opportunity to reach their full potential. If you are looking for a new challenge and like a high-energy environment making a difference in people's lives, then you'll love working with Virginia's Community Colleges.

About the Position:

The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) provides leadership and day-to-day coordination for securing and protecting VCCS information resources and the supporting infrastructure from external and internal threats, while administering the overall security operations. The CISO is responsible for the planning, implementation, management and administration of the VCCS Information Security Program; and creates and develops security measures to safeguard information against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Directly responsible for supervising the activities of all staff assigned to Security, Risk and Compliance (SRC) including hiring, evaluating and dismissing personnel. Establishes project priorities, determines staff assignments, resolves conflict and provides for employee career development.

Develops, administers, and maintain the VCCS Information Security Program and supporting models, policies, standards and guidelines that comply with all COV, VCCS, and applicable security standards.

Serves as the VCCS Chief Information Security Officer and an expert advisor to ITS management team and the twenty-three colleges in the development, implementation, and maintenance of an information security infrastructure.

Contributes to and participate in supporting VCCS Governance and the Information Technology Mission in accordance with the VCCS Information Technology Plan and directions received from the Vice Chancellor of ITS.

Develop and maintain the VCCS IT Audit Plan and coordinate the successful completion of the annual audits.

Responsible for establishing and maintaining effective communications and coordination within the ITS organization as well as with the System Office, the twenty three colleges, external state agencies, and all business partners.

Develop reports, correspondence and documentation in order to fulfill administrative reporting requirements. Assists in budgetary planning and preparation for all assigned projects and related investments that impact security.


Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree or combination of equivalent education and experience to allow the position to complete the essential functions of the job.

Information security program development and management to include: risk identification and mitigation, security architecture, and compliance.

Current trends and advancements in IT systems and enterprise wide security.

Implementation experience with commonly accepted industry standards and best practices, including ISO 27000, NIST publications, ISF Best Practices, etc.

Substantial experience with current legal and regulatory requirements around information security and privacy, including PCI, SOX, HIPAA, GLBA, etc

Demonstrated knowledge of IT Security and IT Audit concepts and techniques.

Comprehensive knowledge of VCCS and Virginia's security standards.

Substantial knowledge of cited functions and four-year degree in Computer Science, Information Management, or related field, or equivalent work experience is required.

Higher education, governmental agency or corporate/industry information security experience.

Extensive experience as information security officer.

Proven ability to define and develop solutions based on business requirements.

Extensive experience working in Information Technology.

Must be an intelligent, articulate, consensus building, and persuasive leader who can serve as an effective member of the Information Technology Services team and communicate information security-related concepts to a broad range of technical and non-technical staff.

Experience with large enterprise systems (ERP deployments).

Progressive experience in computing and information security efforts.

Experience as a systems engineer, network engineer or software developer.

Excellent knowledge of network protocols and operations.

Considerable experience with disaster recovery planning and testing, auditing, risk analysis, and business continuity planning.


CISSP or other security certification/accreditation.

An advanced degree in Information Management, Computer Science or related field.

Application Instructions:

Go to for the full job announcement and/or to apply.

This position will remain open until filled; however, first review of applicants will begin after May 20, 2018.




Richmond, Virginia, United States of America





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5/16/2018 1:25:27 PM


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