Midland Business Alliance

Information Security Administrator

Northwood University
Job Description
Northwood University seeks a qualified Information Security Administrator to coordinate all activities relating to the security of Information Technology resources throughout the Northwood University system.  The position will provide technical solutions relating to IT security in working with the Associate Director of Security.  He/She will be responsible for the integrity of University systems, the confidentiality of electronic communications and the security of Northwood University’s technical infrastructure. 
The Information Security Administrator is charged with various responsibilities that include implementing, monitoring, and managing various security related policies, procedures, and technology.  This multi-faceted position will perform at many different levels including ensuring legislative compliance, policy development, coordinating IT staff security activities, as well as hands on technical responsibilities. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Implementation of security strategy, architecture, and technical requirements for all information technology assets
  • Assist with the development of security policies for all University systems and computer equipment and ensure that existing and new systems meet the security requirements.
  • Lead the procurement, configuration, deployment, operation, and monitoring of security-related hardware and software
  • Maintain awareness of legislative and industry mandates  and trends in the IT security industry and assure timely and appropriate adjustments to Northwood University technology infrastructure
  • Effectively communicate security requirements within the University, build awareness and support among the members of University community
  • Ensure data backup systems are appropriately designed and functioning correctly
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of antivirus and malware defenses and systems
  • Assist in securing entry points into the network including firewall and VPN systems
  • Assist in the implementation and management of SPAM software and associated controls
  • Develop and test disaster recovery and business continuity plans for the University
  • Perform periodic vulnerability assessments and security audits
  • Keep up to date on relevant product vulnerabilities, evaluate system patches/workarounds, and develop procedures for patching security holes in University systems, including testing their effectiveness
  • Manage centralized logging system
  • Monitor appropriate logs for security related events
  • Assist with new system implementations by evaluating their security controls and associated risks
  • Investigate and report findings relating to electronic data for Human Resources and Campus Safety requests
  • Assist in directing and monitoring activities relating to IT security at Northwood University
  • Actively participates in discussions and decisions with members of the Information Technology Management Team
  • Address security concerns and work with staff/management across all areas of IT including Instructional Technology, Systems and Programming, and Technical Services


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, management information systems, IT security or related field required
  • Expert knowledge of operating systems, network standards, protocols, and network architectures (wired and wireless).  In-depth knowledge of firewall systems, including configuration experience
  • The position requires 2 years of experience with data, computer and network architecture and operations at a comparable size organization
  • Knowledge of legislative mandates and trends in the IT security industry
  • Excellent project management skills, including budget planning, project planning, and demonstrated accomplishments in leading cross-functional project teams.
  • Working knowledge of Intrusion Detection Systems, protocol analysis, as well as network monitoring and management
  • Experience with development of network security strategies, security plans and policies for a comparable size organization
  • Ability to conceptualize a long-term vision of evolving network security requirements and architecture
  • Preferred qualifications include experience in a higher education environment and leadership experience in an information technology environment
  • Excellent verbal, written and listening communication skills
  • Demonstrated teambuilding and leadership skills in a cross-functional, collaborative environment; excellent facilitation, presentation, negotiation and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in developing and testing business contingency plans is desired
  • Professional certification (CISSP or GIAC) is desired
  • Competitive benefits package available including health, dental, and life insurance; retirement benefits; generous leave plan; flex spending plan; and tuition benefits for employee and family.
Northwood University has an institutional philosophy that emphasizes free enterprise in a context of limited government and individual responsibility. The ideal candidate will have a strong attraction to the mission and core values of Northwood University. Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the University’s outcomes at www.northwood.edu/aboutus/.
Please apply online at http://www.northwood.edu/human-resources.
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