The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
In accordance with the CALS Office of Information Technology (OIT) Service Level Commitment, under the supervision of the CALS Central Operations Manager, the Systems Administrator will provide information technology support to further the college's teaching, research and outreach missions. Plans and implements security measures to protect the college's computer systems, networks and data. Reviews and recommends new security enhancements and purchases to protect, monitor and report on the college's business processes and learning environments. Communicates with and provides training for the College community on current information security processes and procedures. The Systems Administrator serves as the college's primary resource for IT security initiatives and desktop and server management activities. Perform periodic internal and third party risk assessments and testing of data processing systems that identify current and future security vulnerabilities, determine what level of risk is acceptable to management and identifies the best ways to reduce information security risks to the acceptable level. Perform forensic investigations and provide analysis of information security breach violations, malicious activity and incidents to all levels of management. The work requires the frequent management of multiple priorities, an in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of protocols, technologies and hardware platforms, and the occasional availability beyond the normal workweek schedule.
Deliver responsive Level 3 support for CALS-OIT technicians in support of all clients. Act as CALS Security Liaison to monitor systems, investigate, remediate and report on security incidents. Translate policies into specific action plans and lead those plans to fruition. Establish workflow and documentation (both technical and end-user focused) of IT services in support of Systems Administration activities. Promote awareness and adoption of information security best practices. Work with Cornell's Central IT (CIT) system administrators and CALS-OIT leadership to evaluate systems and technologies used to provide essential services and assess adoption of new technologies. Collect and report quarterly metrics detailing overall security posture and project effectiveness for leadership and IT team visibility and action. Establish realistic (SMART) security and compliance goals, define strategies and create a roadmap for continual improvement. Pursue opportunities for collaboration between CALS-OIT and CIT. Collect existing data on business needs, systems and processes and document in an existing business continuity application.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a minimum of 5 years of IT experience in a technically diverse environment with two years directly involved with securing information systems. Current IT Security Certification (SSCP, Security+, CEH, CISM, or CISSP, GSEC). Experience with system and network administration in an Active Directory environment, especially recent and significant knowledge of system administration tools for both Windows and Mac; SCCM, MDT, Group Policy and JAMF-Pro. Enthusiasm and project management capability to effectively lead project teams (peers and partners) toward successful completion. Customer service skills, positive responsiveness and interactions with others and the ability to be a "team-player" are vital. Promote cooperation and collaboration among team members, follow procedures, evaluate progress, and deliver work on schedule. Communicate technical language in layman's terms and to deal confidentially with people at all levels of the organization. Demonstrable skills in problem solving, strategic thinking, and written and oral communication, including experience preparing and delivering comprehensive and summary presentations to peers and leadership. Ability to work well with a diverse group in a professional and respectful work environment. Works independently to carry out the goals of the larger group. Manages multiple and changing priorities. Thrives in a busy, dynamic environment.
Bachelors of Science in computer science, engineering, or related field with ten years of experience. Knowledge or previous work in University research environment. Experience managing computer security systems; SCEP, Bitlocker, FileVault, etc. Experience with Spirion (ID Finder) management. Enterprise level experience in building, configuration, administration, maintenance and management, of Linux systems. Experience with firewall management, e.g. FortiGate. Experience with security scanning software, e.g. Nessus. Experience with cloud hosting migration and management, e.g. Amazon Web Services. Experience with PowerShell scripting. Experience with ITIL methodologies. Experience using incident tracking systems, e.g. Remedy.
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