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Branch Chief, Information Security Officer Among Roles in Recruitment

The California Department of Education and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services are seeking qualified applications for these key positions.

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Two key state agencies are recruiting for specialty leadership roles.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is seeking a Cyber Threat Intelligence Branch chief (IT Manager II) to be “responsible for consistent characterization and categorization of cyber threat events, and to identify trends or changes in the activities of cyber adversaries.”

“The CTI Branch chief will promote a common language for describing and communicating information about cyber threat activity across various levels of government and agencies,” the job posting says. “The CTI Branch chief will provide a means for consistently describing cyber threat activity in a manner that enables efficient information sharing and cyber threat analysis, that is useful to both senior policy/decision-makers and detail-oriented cyber technicians alike.”

In addition, according to the posting and the duty statement, the CTI Branch chief “will be responsible for establishing and maintaining strong relationships with the United States Intelligence Community (USIC), Fusion Center and law enforcement partners. The CTI Branch chief will be responsible to establish a shared and enhanced information-sharing network which allows for characterization and categorization of threat activity in a straightforward way that can support missions ranging from strategic decision-making to analysis and cybersecurity measures and users from generalist to technical experts. The CTI Branch chief will also support and/or develop a common cyber threat intelligence situational awareness program across organizations.”

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Nov. 17.

The California Department of Education (CDE) is recruiting for a chief information security officer (IT Manager I) to manage the staff in the Information Security and Privacy Office (ISPO). The ISPO is responsible for the CDE’s information security program, including ensuring compliance with CDE and state security policies, identifying and remediating security gaps, and coordinating incident response and disaster recovery.

Other duties of the position, according to the job posting, include:
  • Perform personnel-related duties such as staff recruitment, performance, evaluation, training and corrective actions.
  • Lead the coordination for implementing CDE’s information security program, including the selection and operation of security-related products and services.
  • Ensure the ISPO is proactively monitoring information security-related products and services for signs of potential suspicious or malicious activity at CDE headquarters and remote sites and take appropriate remediation steps if necessary.
  • Ensure the ISPO is providing immediate response to all alerts from information security-related products and services, and coordinate the potential problem evaluation, and proper remediation steps.
  • Develop, maintain and organize regular testing of the CDE’s incident response and disaster recovery plans.
  • Ensure the CDE’s information security program follows California state security and privacy standards, policies and procedures as documented in the State Administrative Manual (SAM 5300) and Statewide Information Management Manual (SIMM 5300).
  • Serve as the primary CDE contact for security and privacy program audits and assessments conducted by California state oversight agencies and third-party contractors. Review findings and develop corrective action plans to address any non-compliance issues documented in the reports.
  • Maintain ongoing knowledge of current cyber threats that may put CDE information assets at risk.

More details about the position can be found in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is Nov. 17.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.