Deputy Chief Information and Security Officer


Deputy Chief Information and Security Officer

Information Technology

Central Connecticut State University invites applications for a full-time, Deputy Chief Information and Security Officer in the Department of Information Technology. The successful candidate will perform a variety of managerial and supervisory duties assisting the Chief Information Officer in the development of information technology vision, architecture, goals, objectives and strategic and tactical planning. Most importantly, this position is accountable for managing, developing and maintaining the University’s security strategy implementation, programs and operational security requirements, information management, data warehouse and classification programs. The University seeks a dynamic, Information Technology professional to champion and lead the University’s cybersecurity program.


May manage the work of 10 or more full-time and part time professional and technical support staff in the Information Technology Department.

Position Responsibilities:

Assists the CIO in developing strategies, program goals, procedures, budgets, and the allocation of resources to ensure optimization of technology consistent with the University’s mission, vision, goals, objectives, and business requirements and creates maximum value through technology.

Manages strategic and tactical initiatives related to Information Technology (IT) enterprise systems, security, compliance and audit.

Leverages information security and technology resources to implement strategic and IT security planning with IT Technology/Operations, development teams, and users across the organization to ensure a secure infrastructure, applications, and overall data security.

Amends, implements and monitors a strategic, comprehensive enterprise information security program to ensure the integrity, confidentiality and availability of confidential University information/data.

Facilitates and identifies acceptable levels of risk and establishes roles and responsibilities regarding information classification and protection.

Provides subject matter expertise to management on a broad range of information security standards, best practices, and compliance requirements.

Works with developers and architects to ensure security is appropriately built into the software development cycle and DevOps pipeline and ensures appropriate internal testing of applications prior to deployment. Coordinates the performance of internal and external network and systems vulnerability assessments and penetration tests.

Provides effective leadership and direction to IT staff as assigned.

Oversees the operation and management of IT functions and ensures the employment of best practices.

Develops and maintains disaster recovery and emergency response plans and procedures for the timely recovery of critical business and academic functions.

Continually reviews practices and enforces compliance with security and audit standards. Serves as liaison to law enforcement, legal agencies, internal audit and CSCU System officials, regarding the investigation and resolution of security, legal, and audit related issues.

Remains current on IT and personal privacy related state and federal legislation, reporting on proposed changes and potential impact to University operations.

Serves as the CIO’s delegate as assigned and assumes responsibility for IT services and represents the CIO in his/her absence.

Required Qualifications

  • At least five (5) years of professional experience at the Director level or above at a College or University.
  • Seven (7) years of direct professional experience with data security, system, network, audit or compliance.
  • Extensive experience with computer system architecture and computer security administration.
  • Demonstrated understanding of security requirements, such as, NIST 800-53, Sarbanes-Oxley, ISO certifications, Data Privacy laws, and PCI. Cyber security, including strategy creation.
  • Demonstrated experience or understanding of higher education enterprise systems (Ellucian, CRM, data warehouses) as well as data and security management including Cybersecurity and strategy creation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with all levels of individuals within the University community including students.
  • Ability to apply state of the art technologies and computing environments to meet the needs of a complex organization of higher education with a variety of users and complex applications.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, leadership and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership, management, and team building.
  • In addition to meeting the above required qualifications, successful candidates will possess the ability to effectively and persuasively communicate highly technical language in a manner that allows any audience, regardless of technical skill level, to assimilate.
  • Master’s Degree from an accredited institution. (Preferred)

The University: The largest of Connecticut’s regional comprehensive universities, Central currently enrolls 11,880 students. This includes 7,605 full-time undergraduates, 1,949 part-time undergraduates, 648 full-time graduate students, and 1,678 part-time graduate students. A third of its undergraduates are students of color, the largest group being Hispanic. Ninety-three percent of the students are from Connecticut. An increasingly residential campus, 64 percent of Central’s first-year students live on campus; 24 percent of all undergraduates live on campus. For more information about Central Connecticut State University, please visit .

The Community: Located nine miles southwest of Hartford, New Britain is a city of some 70,000. Part of the Greater Hartford area of 1.2 million residents, New Britain is centrally located in the state and is within easy reach of much of Connecticut and several metropolitan areas in the region. New Britain’s population is characterized by a high degree of racial and ethnic diversity. Known as “Little Poland,” 17 percent of its population are of Polish background. It is the home of three Polish language newspapers and one television station, and annually hosts the Little Poland Festival. Significant portions of its population come from Puerto Rican, Italian, and Irish backgrounds. Currently, 37 percent of its population are Hispanic; 11 percent are African American; 25 percent live below the poverty line.

In addition to all that Hartford provides, New Britain is 40 minutes from Springfield, Mass., two hours from Boston, and two hours from New York City. It is also part of the Hartford-Springfield “Knowledge Corridor” and, therefore, within easy driving distance of a host of private and public institutions of higher education and many cultural opportunities.

Application and Appointment : For full consideration, applications must be received by October 22, 2020.

To begin the application process, click on the Apply button and electronically submit the following documents:

  • Letter of interest addressing qualifications for the position
  • Current resume
  • Names of three current professional references identifying relationship to applicant, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Maximum salary for this position shall not exceed $130,000. Fringe benefits include personal and sick leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, vision and prescription plans, a multi- plan retirement, retirement health care, deferred compensation, Dependent Care Assistant and Med Flex spending accounts, supplemental benefits such as long term, short term disability, tuition waiver for employee and eligible dependents at any of the Connecticut State Universities (Central, Eastern, Southern or Western).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Mailed applications will not be accepted.

Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e., Social Security number, date of birth, marital status, country of origin) from any documents submitted. Please ensure your Social Security Number is not listed on any documents submitted.

For more information contact Sean McNickle at (860) 832- 2057 or .

As an affirmative action employer, Central Connecticut State University actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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