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Departments Seek Expertise in Information Security, Procurement

The recruitments are being conducted by Covered California, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Employment Development Department.

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Two departments in state government are recruiting for chief information security officers (CISOs), and another is seeking a technology procurement specialist.

The department that handles health, vision and dental insurance for eligible residents, Covered California, is seeking a CISO (IT Manager II) to develop and maintain information security policies that incorporate applicable government and industry legal and regulatory requirements. Duties of the role including ensuring that “personally identifiable information is protected with operational, administrative, technical and physical safeguards to ensure its confidentiality, integrity and availability, and to prevent unauthorized or inappropriate access, use or disclosure,” according to the job posting and duty statement.

Desirable qualifications for this position include:
  • Current Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) Certification or equivalent.
  • Five-plus years’ experience managing or leading diverse information security teams including direct and matrixed employees and contractors.
  • Experience directing security incident response teams and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders on information security practices, procedures and policies.
  • Seven-plus years’ of enterprise cybersecurity or relevant IT experience.
  • Current knowledge of information security/cybersecurity tools and security information event management (SIEM).
  • Knowledge of federal and state information security policies, standards, principles, practices and frameworks (SAM 5300 - NIST 800-53).
  • Current knowledge and experience in information security risk assessments, security assessments and managing risk mitigations.

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

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is seeking a CISO to “develop, plan, implement and manage the department’s information security and privacy program to ensure protection and preservation of the integrity, confidentiality and availability of the department’s information assets, which include personnel, facility, equipment, information systems and data.”

According to the job posting and duty statement, “The CISO serves as the primary liaison with federal and state auditors related to enterprisewide information security controls for ABC.” Duties of the position include program management, risk management and incident management; supervisory responsibilities; overseeing business continuity and technology recovery; and serving as liaison with the California Department of Justice.

The role has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is Nov. 7.

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) is seeking an IT procurement specialist (IT Specialist I) to “perform a variety of complex and sensitive tasks that will require occasional innovative problem-solving within the established guidelines,” according to the job posting. The specialist also serves as a department liaison to internal and external entities.

Duties of the role, according to the posting and the duty statement, include “leading the efforts to develop, plan, organize, coordinate and maintain the following tasks including but not limited to developing procurement documents, including solicitations, work authorizations and amendments, etc.”

Desirable qualifications include:
  • Experience with all phases of state procurement and contracting processes related to IT consulting and personal services contracts.
  • Experience in applying Public Contract Code (PCC), Government Code (GC), State Administrative Manual (SAM), Statewide Information Management Manual (SIMM) and State Contracting Manual (SCM).
  • Experience in the nomenclature of the IT industry in order to provide procurement direction to technical staff.
  • Ability to plan, organize and adapt to changing assignments and priorities, handle multiple procurements simultaneously and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.

The position has a monthly salary range of $5,960 to $9,643, and the application deadline is Nov. 15.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.