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Departments Recruiting for CIO, Deputy CISO

The positions are in the California Office of the Inspector General and the California Department of Public Health.

State departments are recruiting for some key roles in technology, including a chief information officer and a deputy chief information security officer.

California’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), which provides “oversight and transparency regarding the policies and practices of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation,” is seeking a chief information officer (IT Manager II) who will be “pivotal in developing, managing and executing IT strategies to support the OIG’s mission.”

The CIO will “lead a robust IT portfolio encompassing Business Technology Management, Client Services, Information Security Engineering, Software Engineering, System Engineering and IT Project Management,” the job posting says. “This position requires a strategic planner who can provide effective leadership for technology projects and initiatives.” Key areas of responsibility include:
  • On-premise data center: A data center composed of VMware virtualized machines, encompassing a range of technologies including Windows Active Directory, Kubernetes and Linux; Cisco blades systems and networking hardware.
  • Client computing environment: Mac desktops and laptops, iPads, iPhones and a small number of Windows desktops.
  • Application development: All application development is conducted in-house, primarily on a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP) stack with Kubernetes.
  • IT infrastructure management: Management of servers and networking hardware is performed solely by in-house staff.

According to the posting and duty statement, duties of the CIO include:
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of technical staff.
  • Plan, organize, direct and review the work of the IT team.
  • Collaborate with OIG managers and supervisors to support unit-specific IT initiatives.
  • Act as a liaison with control agencies, vendors and business partners.
  • Manage IT procurement, asset inventory, contracts, software licenses and service agreements.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,734 to $13,048, and the application deadline is March 29.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), part of the California Health and Human Services Agency, is seeking a deputy chief information security officer (IT Manager I) to assume “direct management responsibility for the Enterprise Data Governance, Data Loss Prevention and Digital Forensics programs.”

According to the job posting, the DCISO “manages ISO Office staff and contractor activities that include providing the technical and administrative expertise and oversight for the security and privacy aspects of the initiation, design, development, testing, operation and defense of CDPH electronic and physical data and information technology environments from sources of disruption, ranging from natural disasters to malicious acts.”

Desirable qualifications include:
  • One to three years of experience in a supervisory role, five to 10 years of experience in cybersecurity.
  • One or more of the following desired certifications: Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
  • Extensive knowledge of security legislation and standards, state administrative manual (SAMM), NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSM) 2.0, HIPAA, and Public Health Administrative manual (PHAM).
  • Experience writing security policies and procedures and managing projects associated with IT security, mobile devices, patching and upgrading systems, applications, services and other infrastructure foundational components.
  • Effective interpersonal and leadership qualities with the ability to build valuable internal and external relationships with a wide variety of people.

More details are available in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $8,849 to $11,857, and the application deadline is March 22.
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.