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Information Security Specialist
The Information Security Specialist is responsible for supporting the Information Security team in protecting computer assets by establishing and enforcing system access controls, providing security incident response, security awareness activities and maintaining disaster preparedness.
- Support the Head of Information Security and the Information Security team in daily tasks, which includes but is not limited to, incident response, investigations, project management, assurance tasks and reporting responsibilities.
- Ensure authorized access by investigating improper access and reporting violations.
- Create concise and comprehensive reports related to security violations, including recommendations for addressing any identified control weaknesses.
- Methodically conduct system and process audits to verify compliance with adopted processes, policies and standards.
- Be an advocate of security awareness, enjoy staying on top of cyber security trends and incorporate best practices into your daily work.
- Protect systems by defining access privileges, control structures, and resources.
- Assist in the development and implementation of AUS’ IT Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity plan and maintain disaster recovery documentation, policies and protocols.
- Implement security improvements by assessing the current situation, evaluating trends and anticipating future requirements.
- Both within Information Security and the IT team, provide thought-matter expertise to help implement or uplift existing information security controls.
- Maintain technical knowledge by attending educational workshops and reviewing publications.
- Ensure industry standard practices are followed across various IT areas such as network security, server security, application security, end device security and forensic investigations.
- Create, maintain and enforce the university’s security documents (policies, standards, guidelines and procedures).
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the IT security industry including awareness of new or revised security solutions, improved security processes and the development of new attacks and threat vectors.
- Select and acquire additional security solutions or enhancements to existing security solutions to improve overall enterprise security as per the university’s existing procurement processes.
- Oversee the deployment, integration and initial configuration of all new security solutions and of any enhancements to existing security solutions in accordance with standard best practices.
- Ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the data residing on or transmitted to/from/through workstations, servers and other systems and in databases and other data repositories.
- Engage in ongoing communications with peers in the Systems and Networking groups as well as the various business groups to ensure enterprise wide understanding of security goals, to solicit feedback and to foster cooperation.
As a team member, you will:
- Maintain and encourage open and honest business relationships within the team and throughout AUS.
- Be a change leader as AUS continues to adapt to new and exciting ways of delivering ICT services.
- Build and utilize working relationships with internal business partners across the organization.
- Communicate in a fashion that is respectful and well understood.
- Consider health and safety as a primary concern for self and others.
- Manage a large variety of work while working to tight deadlines.
- Manage the demands of multiple stakeholders, sometimes with conflicting interests.
Qualifications, Experience and Skills Required:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably in computer science or information technology systems security or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
- Minimum of five years within the last twelve years of experience in an information security role.
- Knowledge of information technology infrastructure library (ITIL) (certification preferred) with respect to security administration and information technology governance in a multiplatform environment.
- Experience in establishing cybersecurity and risk metrics for reporting.
- Strong emotional intelligence with demonstrated sustained leadership in a higher education organization involving multiple stakeholders.
- Demonstrated management skills, e.g., budget development and administration, policy development and implementation, personnel administration, staff training and development.
- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse people, and effective oral and written communication skills.
- Able to apply knowledge and experience to achievement of enterprise strategy; mitigation of external risks; internal process improvements; and delivery of business outcomes.
- Strategic thinking: ability to juggle multiple goals and deadlines in the context of the big picture.
- Facilitation, negotiation and problem resolution skills: ability to build a strong network and relationships at executive levels with technology and solutions, customers and vendor groups.
- Resilience and resourcefulness.
- At least one of the following: Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) or Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certification.
- Two or more of the following certifications:
- (ISC)2 SSCP, CCSP or CCFP
- ISACA Certified Information Security Manager or Auditor
- GIAC Security Management and Leadership or Technical Security Certifications
- EC-Council CEH or EDRP
- Cisco CCNA or CCNP Security
- Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security
- Cloud Security Certifications such as the Cloud Security Alliance's CCSK or others that are specific to major platforms such as AWS or Azure
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae with the names of three references to email@example.com. The position applied for should be mentioned in the email subject line.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applicants who do not meet specified requirements will not be shortlisted.
AUS alumni are encouraged to apply for these positions.
AUS is an equal opportunity employer. We adhere to a policy of making employment decisions without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability or marital status. We assure you that your opportunity for employment with us depends solely upon your qualifications.
NOTICE TO APPLICANTS: AUS complies with the US Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. During the interview process, you may be asked questions concerning your ability to perform job-related functions. If you are given a conditional offer of employment, you may be required to complete a post-job offer medical history questionnaire and undergo a medical examination, and all information will be kept confidential and in separate files.
American University of Sharjah, Human Resources PO Box 26666, Sharjah, UAE, Fax: +971 6 515 2139