Job offer in england Chief Information Security Officer at University of Nottingham

With a thriving community of 43,000 students based at three international campuses, the University of Nottingham’s world class reputation for research, teaching and learning is validated by numerous prestigious awards. Sharing many of the characteristics of the world’s leading universities, it enjoys financial security and offers campus-based, comprehensive tuition delivered by some of the best academics in the world. Research-led and committed to recruiting the best students and staff, Nottingham offers an outstanding standard of international education to talented students and is not only committed to shaping and preparing them for intellectual and professional life, but also for their post-graduate personal lives.

These objectives are underpinned by Nottingham’s Global Strategy 2020, which is focused on: developing skilled, reflective global citizens and leaders; undertaking fundamental and transformative discovery; maintaining commitment to excellence; enterprise and social responsibility; sustaining and improving the places and communities in which we are located and being engaged internationally to enhance industry, health and well-being, policy formation, culture and purposeful citizenship.

Information Security at Nottingham

The role played by Nottingham’s Information and Security team in achieving such objectives is and will continue to be significant, most notably in ensuring that Data is secure, available and agile, enabling students, partners and alumni to communicate, collaborate, share ideas and learn with ease.

The Role

Reporting to the University Registrar, you will lead the development and delivery of the University’s Information Security strategy, working closely with academic and professional service units to embed an approach which prioritises integrity and is proportionate in protecting our major information assets.

Key Responsibilities of the Role include:

  • Developing a sector leading information security and information management strategy in support of the University’s plans for international growth and development;
  • Reviewing and proposing development of the University’s data governance structure to ensure there is appropriate clarity on data ownership and accountability;
  • Working closely with colleagues in Information Security to ensure our staff, students and visitors are enabled to protect their data and use it safely;
  • Working with colleagues at the University’s three campuses (UK, China and Malaysia), providing support, advice and assistance where appropriate;
  • Working with our external partners including the NHS, industrial partners, spin-out companies, and contractors to protect those interfaces;
  • Building relationships and networks across the sector (and with other relevant external organisations) to enable the University to remain at the forefront of this area.

Key Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent;
  • Minimum of five years in an information security management or similar role;
  • Experience of leading and managing a significant change programme in a large, complex technology-rich setting;
  • Proven experience in risk management, incident management, business continuity;
  • Experience of working with current information security issues and opportunities;
  • Knowledge of UK HE research landscape issues (for example research data management and open access requirements);
  • Knowledge of maximising leading technologies on behalf of information-led organisations (e.g. cloud computing, hybrid computing, big data, data analytics, IoT);
  • Proven influencing and negotiation skills;
  • Critical thinker with strong analytical and problem-solving capability;
  • Strong empathy with and understanding of UK Higher Education environments. 

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