Senior Information Security Specialist Job with FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

Senior Information Security Specialist Job with FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

About Flinders

Our bold vision, embodied in our Strategic Plan: Making a difference: Agenda 2025, is to be recognized internationally as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education and the source of Australia’s most entrepreneurial graduates.

To realize this ambition, we recently made a significant organizational change to a six-school structure with professional staff and service alignment.

We recognize that the key to our success is exceptional people and we are looking for an outstanding individual to join our transformed university team.

Job type:

position Summary

continuous, full time

Compensation degree:
Higher Education Officer 9

Salary range:
be negotiated

Report to:
Chief Information Security Officer

Under broad direction, the function is responsible for implementing cybersecurity initiatives across the University and providing specialist cybersecurity guidance and advice to senior managers.

The function is also responsible for the research and evaluation of technical and procedural solutions that can be applied in the University’s networks and IT systems.

The role works closely with relevant IT managers and architects to ensure the continued security and effectiveness of the University’s network and system assets, and the continued stable operation of the University’s mission-critical systems and applications. University.

Key Position Responsibilities

Key responsibilities of the position include:

Technical management and support

  • Manage, configure, implement, and maintain new and existing security platforms, including email filtering, firewall, intrusion detection/prevention systems, and VPN and host protection systems.
  • Manage the permanent application of the IDS risk register, identifying and ensuring the management of key risks that may impact the security of the University’s systems and networks.
  • Develop and implement security policies and procedures and ensure understanding and compliance by other technical staff.
  • Lead technical investigations of cyber security events and incidents, design and implement effective mitigations for cyber threats and incidents, and document findings in the incident report.
  • Lead and manage periodic review and audit of network and system activity and develop management response to audit results and ensure implementation of agreed mitigations.
  • Maintain configuration control of the security infrastructure and monitor the controls applied to the centralized network and the systems that support the operation of the University.
  • Support the University as its designated Defense Industry Security Program (DISP) officer, which includes maintaining DISP artifacts and managing the implementation of the University’s DISP processes and compliance.

Technical vision and roadmap

  • Identify technology trends and develop reports as necessary to keep IDS management abreast of information security threats and planned changes to equipment or software that could affect system and network security and availability.
  • Design and implement an effective security policy for new and existing security platforms and tools, to ensure a positive security posture and a sustainable IT services environment for the University.

Technical knowledge and excellence

  • Expert advice on projects and security reviews of new systems and platforms intended to be connected to the central network, in order to guarantee the highest level of protection appropriate to their use.
  • Provide expert technical advice on security issues related to disaster recovery and business continuity, ensuring that disaster recovery plans and business continuity plans adequately address security requirements to maintain service delivery.
  • Conduct formal and informal market exploration and benchmarking activities to stay abreast of emerging market offerings and trends.
  • Regularly participate in knowledge development activities and events to stay abreast of the latest/best practices related to the position and to keep skills and knowledge up-to-date.

Risk, Governance and Ways of Working

  • Support and maintain an agile way of working to manage, refine and prioritize the backlog of activities based on relevant IDS and customer priorities.
  • Identify, manage, and mitigate risks related to activities performed by the role in accordance with IDS and Flinders University policies and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant IDS and Flinders University policies and procedures.

Other responsibilities

Key position capabilities


  • Appropriate tertiary qualification in Information Technology or relevant technical area, and/or equivalent relevant experience in an IT environment.
  • High-level strategic thinking, planning and analysis skills and actively contributes to achieving results and meeting the strategic objectives of the University.
  • High-level interpersonal and relationship management skills and the ability to manage staff performance.
  • Extensive experience in building and managing customer relationships in a strategic and long-term context.
  • Extensive experience in agile ways of working, including exposure to scaled agile methodologies and/or collaboration and delivery through a matrix structure.
  • High level of self-improvement and growth mindset/position focus and encourages it among the team at large.
  • High-level interpersonal influence and demonstrated ability to effectively negotiate and communicate with staff and clients in a diverse organization, particularly during the design, management and implementation of client solutions.
  • At least two or more valid industry recognized security certifications, eg CISSP, CISM, CISA, CEH, CRISC.
  • Extensive knowledge of international information security frameworks and standards (eg ISO27001, NIST).
  • Demonstrated expert knowledge of cybersecurity in the context of a university setting, with particular reference to balancing cybersecurity with goals of privacy, academic freedom, intellectual property, open systems, and academic business networks.
  • Experience in higher education advantageous.

For more information about the position or to have a confidential discussion, please contact: Ms. Kim Valois

Prescribed conditions of employment:

Flinders University has introduced a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that requires all new staff members to be up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, subject to medical exemptions and limited exemptions.

Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a statement of fitness for no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as described above. In addition, you must upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can start in this position.

We are seeking to increase diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees and therefore encourage female candidates, people with disabilities and/or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent to apply.

Please note that late applications and applications submitted through agencies will not be accepted.

Closing applications 23:59:

July 05, 2022

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