Job ID: 6144
Updated: Nov 10, 2021
Location: San Francisco, CA, United States
Category: Risk Management
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 Sr. Data Protection Specialist plays a critical role in implementing and managing processes and solutions that protect our firm and client data. This role will plan, execute, and/or support one or more projects and services relating to data protection. Leads or serves as a subject matter expert on project teams, performs data analysis and fact finding assignments, documents results, makes recommendations regarding legacy data, and makes oral presentations and written recommendations relating to data protection to partners and senior Risk Management leadership.
This role has primary responsibility for implementing information technologies and working practices relating to the protection of client and firm administrative data and records. Work performed by this individual results in the measurable reduction of costs and/or minimizes risks relating to data protection and data access controls. The individual in this senior position advises attorneys, paralegals and other legal staff and administrative personnel on data protection related controls and processes and delivers white glove service to all Kirkland personnel, clients, and/or vendors.
In addition to serving in an advisory capacity, the Sr. Data Protection Specialist assists senior management and attorneys by identifying and containing risks relating to data and information management, and fostering a compliance culture throughout the firm. The individual maintains awareness of major changes affecting legal and business data protection, and develops material to educate senior management and partners so they may better adhere to Firm policies, provide legal services and meet their ethical obligations to their clients.
Qualifications & Requirements
Qualified candidates must have a four-year degree relating to information technology, law, compliance, business administration, and/or information management, and a minimum of five years of professional experience. Candidates who have achieved Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Certified Information Governance Professional (IGP), or Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) are preferred.
This position requires a self-motivated, creative, and detail-oriented individual with a strong knowledge of data protection processes and technologies. Must be capable of independently authoring and presenting technical and business information in a variety of formats, and explaining complex and/or technical topics relating to data protection to those who have no prior knowledge of Firm systems, policies and procedures. Strong strategic, interpersonal, communication, and critical thinking skills are required.
Advanced aptitude and interest in information technologies, change management and project management is required, and intermediate proficiency in Microsoft’s software suite is required. Prior experience using and/or administering iManage WorkSite is a plus. Must have experience with Data Loss Prevention tools and incident handling, user activity investigation, and/or threat hunting.
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