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Security GRC Specialist II

Job ID: 5351

Updated: Mar 11, 2020

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Security Governance

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About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

The Security GRC Specialist II serves on the Governance, Risk Compliance (GRC) team, leads and executes the programs within the GRC team, is a subject matter expert for Information Security (consulting to technical / non-technical management and the user community), and performs key risk management functions within the Security Governance department. Primary functions include lifecycle management of client responses, Policy & Standards lifecycle management, Security Vendor Risk program management, Security Awareness, Controls Assurance, and GRC platform and program management.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Respond to security assessments, questionnaires and audits from clients and third-party business partners in a timely manner. Document and perform assessments as needed.
  • Technical writing for policies, standards and communications. Lead in the creation and maintenance of security policies, standards, processes guidelines and support documentation.
  • Lead, evaluate, and supports the processes necessary to assure that Information Technology (IT) systems meet the organization's cybersecurity and risk requirements.
  • Ensures appropriate treatment of risk, compliance, and assurance from internal and external perspectives. 
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for Information Security consulting to technical / non-technical management and staff.
  • Manage and support the 3rd Party Security Vendor Risk Management program and lifecycle.
  • Manage the exception request process and consult as needed.
  • Lead the Security Awareness program.  This includes roadmap development, measurement, and evaluation of cyber training/education courses and methods based on instructional needs.  
  • Management and support of the GRC technology platforms.
  • Conduct evaluations of an IT program or its individual components to determine compliance with published standards.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor's degree or five (5) years of work experience in IT Security is required.
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), or other relevant training and certifications are preferred.
  • Strong knowledge on Security frameworks and technologies such as ISO 27001, NIST, SOC, SIG… is required
  • Prior IT Security experience in the legal industry experience is preferred.
  • Technical writing experience is required.  Experience with instructional content, educational writing, and technical writing strongly preferred.
  • Four (4) years of Information Security experience required. Those containing hands on technical experience are preferred.
  • Three or more years of experience managing timelines and being self-directed preferred.
  • Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) tool management (Administrative and/or Engineering) is preferred.
  • Client focus, including tact and diplomacy is required.
  • Interview, gather, and understand content from subject-matter experts
  • Maintain accurate records and manage client security and risk requests
  • Ability to perform as primary Security Subject Matter Expert (SME).
  • Ability to facilitate and lead project and vendor risk assessments with relative independence and provide guidance on secure design and operation.
  • Ability to independently complete and assist in completing client security questionnaires and security assessments concerning the Firm’s security program and controls.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create and maintain security policy, standard, guideline and procedure documents.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively technical topics at an appropriate level of detail to varied audiences - including IT Subject Matter Experts, senior management and non-technical users.
  • Communicates succinctly and effectively
  • Strong organization and problem-solving skills required
  • Strong project and time management skills required
  • Strong reading comprehension skills required
  • Strong analytical ability with excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Strong PC skills with Microsoft (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required
  • Ability to work independently and as a group member is required
  • SharePoint administration is preferred for team intranet site management

Technologies/Software

  • Broad awareness of and exposure to diverse security tools and their capabilities, including commercial and open-source options.  
  • Strong knowledge of risk management principles and practices.
  • Strong knowledge of security administration and role-based security controls.
  • Strong knowledge and use of GRC platforms.
  • Knowledge of host and network-based anti-malware technologies.
  • Knowledge of authentication technologies and interactions between diverse authentication platforms, both on-site and remote.
  • Knowledge of client and server firewalling technologies and capabilities.
  • Knowledge of security event management (SIEM), event correlation and analysis technologies.
  • Knowledge of data encryption technologies.
  • Strong knowledge of Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention technical capabilities.
  • Knowledge of web filtering and email SPAM prevention techniques.
  • Knowledge of vulnerability assessment and forensic investigations tools.
  • Knowledge of mobile device security and Mobile Device Management solutions.
  • Knowledge of Privileged Access Management technologies.

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), or other relevant training and certifications are preferred.

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