Information Security Manager

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 193000 - HPC2
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Information Security Manager is responsible for developing, coordinating and executing
the cybersecurity activities for the Mississippi State University (MSU) High Performance
Computing Collaboratory (HPC2) and its affiliated research centers/institutes. This position will
provide subject matter expertise in cyber risk management oversight, direction, and advisory
services aligned with federal contracts and NIST standards to the units with the focus on their
research mission. The position works proactively to prevent security incidents and responds
to information security incidents should they occur. The Information Security Manager should
have a thorough understanding of cybersecurity tactics, techniques and procedures, with the
experience and expertise to apply them to IT systems, networks and operational technology.
Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet
eligibility for access to classified information. Must be a U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Salary Grade:  17

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Develop and implement information system security plans, policies and procedures for
maintaining properly accredited information technology systems.
2. Ensure all systems, services, applications, and databases are current and compliant with
the latest security standards. Perform penetration testing and vulnerability scanning across
all operating systems, applications, databases, and services. Develop, test, and maintain
security breach response plans. Also, identify and implement resolutions for any
vulnerabilities or weaknesses discovered. This may require coordination between multiple
individuals, groups, departments, or entities.
3. Monitors, evaluates, and reports on the status and condition of the information system’s
security programs, controls, and implementation, and directs corrective actions to eliminate
or reduce risks through in-depth analysis of systems development plans to ensure that
security requirements and specifications are adequately defined and that security features
are sufficiently rigorous to protect systems throughout the systems life cycle.
4. Conduct risk assessments of the information technology environment.
5. Develop security breach and incident response plans in accordance with applicable
industry, university, state and federal security standards. Execute response plans in event
of breach or incident.
6. Investigate information system security incidents to determine the cause and extent of
security incidents, as well as recommend and implement corrective actions to eliminate or
reduce security risks.
7. Collaborates with external and internal audit agencies to perform information systems
8. Manage and refine all security appliances to include network-based intrusion detection
and host-based intrusion detection systems.
9. Maintain records and prepare reports providing insight into and measuring the effectiveness of the information system's security posture.
10. Supports all technical aspects of security controls for a large-scale environment that
develops and services public-facing web applications.
11. Lead and manage matrixed teams for accomplishing major security operations.
12. Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Full supervisory responsibility for other employees is a major responsibility and includes
training, evaluating, and making or recommending pay, promotion, or other employment

The above essential duties are representative of major duties in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in computer science, business information systems, or related field
Five (5) years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified

Indicated education is required; no substitutions allowed.

Preferred Qualifications:

⦁ Supervisory experience with small teams of full-time employees.
⦁ Formal cyber security training from a university certified as a Center of Academic Excellence
in Information Assurance Education and Research.
⦁ Experience with cloud-based information technology solutions.
⦁ Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or similar certification.
Experience with network security technologies such as network vulnerability scanning,
intrusion detection systems, and penetration testing.
⦁ Experience with industry standard baseline security standards and methodologies such as
⦁ Cybersecurity experience in a large, diverse IT environment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

⦁ Strong written and oral communication skills.
⦁ Demonstrated ability to understand and document software business rules and requirements
using diagrams, written use cases, and user stories.
⦁ Ability to lead and supervise small teams.
⦁ Strong organization skills and the ability to self-direct efforts to complete documentation
⦁ Ability to use Microsoft products (Word, Excel, Power Point).
⦁ Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet
eligibility for access to classified information. Must be a U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

• No unusual physical requirements. Requires limited lifting of files and records and nearly all
work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
• Frequent external imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions
influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few
days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position;
involves conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a
regular basis.
• Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your transcript(s). Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. Contact Crisler Herndon at with any questions.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon funding availability. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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