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Chief Information Security Officer

With over 18,000 students from across the world, nearly 11,000 staff, 31 colleges and 150 departments, this is a really exciting time to join a world leading education institute such as the University of Cambridge.

The University Information Services (UIS) department provides central IT services for both the academic and administrative activities of the University. UIS leads the development of IS strategy, operations, standards and co- ordination of IS services for the collegiate University. Situated in the west of Cambridge, the department has over 280 staff and a pan university metropolitan area network, and several data centres.

The CISO is a newly created role within UIS reporting to the Director of Information Services. This role takes strategic responsibility for establishing, implementing and maintaining an Information Security programme across the collegiate university. The CISO will be responsible for the leadership and effective management of the University's information security risk management activities, including the identification, prioritisation, communication, resolution and reporting of Information Security risks.

The Role

The Chief Information Security Officer will:-

Formulate and implement consistent standards for IT security operations and support, specifically: intrusion detection systems, cyber security, firewalls, vulnerability assessment systems, penetration testing, secure e-mail systems, access control & identity management systems and network security.

Lead the development, approval and publication of up-to-date security policies, standards and guidelines, and the university- wide training and dissemination of security policies and practices.

Establish and lead the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer and the Security Operations Centre (through integration of the current teams.

Interact with senior stakeholders (academic and administrative) at university, college, departmental, faculty and institutional levels to ensure good understanding and confidence in university information security practices.

Collaborate with Risk and Legal functions to ensure that a high level of consistent, comprehensive and effective practices are in place.

Become recognised and trusted as the University's Subject Matter Expert for cyber security and information management within Cambridge, and more widely across the international IT industry.

Make an effective contribution as a member of the UIS Senior Leadership Team to the overall direction and operational management of UIS.

The recruitment of this role is being handled by Harvey Nash on behalf of the University. For full information contact Christine Dineen by email at The closing date for applications is Friday 31st March 2017.

Please quote reference VC11691 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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