Drexel University (“Drexel”) located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, seeks an accessible and innovative thought leader to serve as the Associate Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (“CISO”). The new CISO will join Drexel at a time of tremendous growth and opportunity as the institution expands its reach and reputation.
Founded in 1891, Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With approximately 26,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. The College enrolls approximately 16,500 undergraduates and 9,000 graduate students across 200 degree programs in 15 colleges and schools and enrolls an additional 5,000 online students. Known for having one of the nation's oldest, largest, and most successful cooperative education programs, Drexel prides itself on student engagement in alternatives to classroom study. Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region.
Over the past two decades, Drexel has been growing and strengthening its impact. During this time Drexel has expanded to three Philadelphia campuses; forged new model partnerships with the Academy of Natural Sciences and regional colleges; acquired a College of Medicine, a College of Nursing and Health Professions, and a School of Public Health; founded the Thomas R. Kline School of Law; and continued the dramatic expansion of e-learning. Drexel has been successful in building a learning environment that is innovative, student-centered, and grounded in a range of high-impact learning experiences that fulfill the institution's mission to “serve its students and society through outstanding academics, innovative technology, and experiential learning.”
The CISO is responsible for establishing and maintaining a university-wide information security management program (including Drexel College of Medicine) to ensure that information assets are adequately protected. S/he is responsible for identifying, evaluating and reporting on information security risks in a manner that meets compliance and regulatory requirements, and aligns with and supports the risk posture of the university. S/he will proactively work with the CIO, Chief Privacy Officer, and business units to implement practices that meet defined policies and standards for information security. The CISO will also oversee a variety of IT-related risk management activities.
The CISO will shepherd all assurance activities related to the security aspects of availability, integrity, and confidentiality of student, faculty, staff, patient, research subjects, business partner and business information in compliance with the university's information security policies. A key element of the CISO's role is working with executive management to determine acceptable levels of risk for the organization. The CISO must be highly knowledgeable about the business environment and ensure that information systems are maintained in a fully-functional, secure mode.
The ideal candidate is a thought leader, a consensus builder, and an integrator of people and processes. While the CISO is the leader of the security program, s/he must also be able to coordinate disparate drivers, constraints, and personalities, while maintaining objectivity and a strong understanding that security is just one of the university's activities. The successful candidate will champion the concept that information security is a shared responsibility for every employee who has been entrusted with sensitive data. Ultimately, the CISO is a business leader, and should have a track record of competency in the field of information security and risk management, with eight to 10 years of relevant experience, including six years in a significant leadership/executive role.
All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters, should be sent electronically and in confidence to:
Rebecca Kennedy, Principal
Randi Alberry, Associate
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