Associate Director of Cybersecurity

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Job title: Associate Director of Cybersecurity

Company: Louisiana State University

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Job Posting Title: Associate Director of Cybersecurity

Position Type: Professional / Unclassified

Department: LSUAM FA – ITS – TA – Louisiana Optical Networking Infrastructure (Lonnie Leger (00000999))

Work Location: 0201 Fred C. Frey Computing Services Building

Pay Grade: Professional

Job Description:

LONI is a prominent leader in cyberinfrastructure solutions, and we’re proud to introduce our pioneering initiative, the Louisiana Optical Network Infrastructure (LONI) Security Operations Center as a Service (SOCaaS). LONI SOCaaS is a cutting-edge cybersecurity service designed to protect organizations, educational institutions, and critical infrastructure from emerging cyber threats.

LONI is seeking a highly experienced and forward-thinking cybersecurity professional to take on a leadership role in our Managed Service Provider (MSP) operation. The functional title for this pivotal position is Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at LONI. As the CISO, this position will play an important role in the SOCaaS and safeguarding LONI information assets by ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data. We are seeking a candidate with extensive expertise in cybersecurity, risk management, and a strategic mindset to enhance our security posture. The candidate should also have an excellent understanding of delivering services withing a managed service provider organization as well as a working knowledge of post-secondary education.

This position is integral to our leadership team reporting to the LONI Executive Director. This position is tasked with ensuring the seamless operation and execution of LONI’s Service Strategy which includes a shared responsibility for the SOCaaS program and oversight into LONI’s internal security operations. Participation in the administration and oversight of security, compliance, policy and related services and initiatives is essential.

Job Responsibilities:

Leadership: Act as the primary LONI IT security professional providing leadership on the SOCaaS program ensuring LONI’s SOCaaS is successful and aligns with LONI’s mission, strategic goals, and objectives. Participate in and offer oversight for security issues related to the LONI infrastructure. Supervise and direct staff within LONI on prioritizing SOCaaS and internal projects to maintain the highest security posture of its cyberinfrastructure. Participate in the governance and program structure for SOCaaS offering.

Provide high-level coordination, communication management, risk management, stakeholder management, strategic financial management, schedule management, vendor relationship management, and scope management across all interrelated SOCaaS projects and other LONI related security scopes. (35%)

Operations: Develop and lead the cybersecurity service strategy for LONI’s SOCaaS, aligning it with the unique needs and goals of its members. Identify, assess, and manage cybersecurity risks associated with the SOCaaS offering and the internal cyberinfrastructure proactively implementing robust risk mitigation measures for the SOCaaS offering and the internal cyberinfrastructure. Ensure adherence to industry standards, best practices, regulations, and other requirements to deliver the SOCaaS offering. Develop, implement, and maintain tailored security policies, standards, and procedures for LONI’s internal cyberinfrastructure and its services.

Manage an incident response plan and coordinate incident response efforts of LONI. Oversee security audits, assessments, and compliance activities for LONI’s SOCaaS. Work with project management capabilities to oversee multiple implementation and operational projects of the SOCaaS offering. Provide regular executive reports on LONI’s SOCaaS offering. Manage SLAs for LONI’s SOCaaS. Function as a liaison and consultant between LONI and its members and other state stakeholders with regards to LONI’s SOCaaS.

Follow the acquisition process for goods and services as well as tools to assist with installation and problem resolution. Develop appropriate specifications and prepare documentation as required by LSU policies and State law. (35%)

Supervision: Monitor performance, capacity, and availability of the LONI SOCaaS including appropriate improvements. Build and lead a cybersecurity team to nurture skill development and promote collaboration. Train and mentor LONI staff related to LONI’s SOCaaS. (20%)

Other duties as assigned. (10%)

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree with 5 years experience in leadership roles.

Profound knowledge of cybersecurity principles, technologies, networking, and best practices.
Strong familiarity with relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards around cybersecurity.
Exemplary communication, leadership, and collaboration skills.
Strategic thinking abilities and effective decision-making skills.

Minimum Certification/Licenses:

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, Information Technology, or in a related field.

Industry-recognized cybersecurity certifications (e.g., CISM, CISA).
Prior experience in the educational or critical infrastructure sectors.
Experience in managing and delivering cybersecurity managed services.

Additional Requirements:

This position is essential and may be required to report to campus in times of emergency and/or closure per PS-18.

This is a Safety and Security Sensitive Position: Safety and security-sensitive positions are defined as those positions where any form of substance abuse may affect University activities through unsafe work behavior/performance or error in judgment; or where substance abuse could jeopardize the safety and well-being of employees, other personnel, or the general public, or cause significant damage to University property. This includes positions requiring firearms, access to controlled substances, handling hazardous material, operating heavy equipment or machinery, etc. These positions are subject to drug screens per PS-67/FASOP HR-04.

Additional Job Description:

Special Instructions: A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire.
Please provide three professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address.
An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

For questions or concerns regarding the status of your application or salary ranges, please contact Mary Bordelon at

Posting Date: December 21, 2023

Closing Date (Open Until Filled if No Date Specified):

Additional Position Information:

Background Check – An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits – LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

Remote Work – Positions approved to work remotely outside the State of Louisiana shall be employed through Louisiana State University’s partner, nextSource Workforce Solutions, for Employer of Record Services including but not limited to employment, benefits, payroll, and tax compliance. Positions employed through Employer of Record Services will be offered benefits and retirement as applicable through their provider and will not be eligible for State of Louisiana benefits and retirement.

Essential Position (Y/N):

LSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and SAME Agency:

LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. We celebrate diversity and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We actively seek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. To learn more about how LSU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’s and . LSU is also designated as a agency and provides assistance to persons needing accommodations or with the accessibility of materials. For those seeking such accommodations or assistance related to this search, we encourage you to contact the Office of Human Resource Management ( ).

HCM Contact Information:

For questions or concerns related to updating your application with attachments (e.g., resumes, RS:17 documents), date of birth, or reactivating applications, please contact the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or email . For questions or concerns regarding the status of your application or salary ranges, please contact the department using the information provided in the Special Instructions section of this job posting.

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Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Job date: Sat, 23 Dec 2023 03:11:20 GMT

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