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Four Information Security Leadership Roles Open in Higher Education

Four universities are seeking information security officers or VPs with several years’ experience in the field.

There are multiple IT roles listed on university human resources pages, and at least four are specifically in cybersecurity leadership.

For context, Texas Administrative Code Chapter 202 (TAC 202) outlines the minimum information security and cybersecurity requirements for state agencies and higher education. Accordingly, these officers will serve as lead in case of a cybersecurity incident, will implement policy and will enable the cyber posture in their respective institutions, much of which is guided by the state.

Here are the positions:

Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, part of the Texas Tech System, seeks an information security officer (ISO) with a starting salary of $5,750 per month. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree and five years of professional experience, preferably in higher education. Professional certifications are also preferred. This position was posted in July.

Texas A&M University — San Antonio seeks a chief information security and data officer (CISO), who can build consensus, speak on multiple levels about cyber issues and has three years’ experience as an ISO or senior analyst. A degree is required, and higher education experience or former employment with A&M or the state is preferred. No salary is listed; however, the posting mentions the possibility of a hybrid work schedule.

The University of Houston System seeks an assistant VP for IT Security, CISO, who holds a bachelor’s degree, seven years’ experience and professional certifications. A master’s degree is preferred. This position was posted in July and doesn’t list a salary.

An assistant vice president of information security at the University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center, Tyler, will oversee both the main campus and health sciences center. Applicants should have experience in higher education, have health-care security framework training and hold professional certification. A bachelor’s degree plus seven years’ experience in technology security with at least five years in management is required. The position was posted in July and doesn’t list a salary.
Rae D. DeShong is a Dallas-based staff writer and has written for The Dallas Morning News and worked as a community college administrator.