Manager, Cybersecurity - Research

Position Details

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

VP for Research

Division Name

VP for Research and Economic Dev

Position Title

Manager, Cybersecurity - Research

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

As a member of the Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development ( OVPRED ), and working closely with the University’s Cybersecurity team (Office of the CIO / CISO ) as well as Office of Information Technology ( OIT ), and Research Security Compliance. This position is responsible for providing cybersecurity assistance and guidance with multiple research programs primarily in regards to Controlled Unclassified Information ( CUI ) management.

Provides assistance with research governance, risks, and compliance by coordinating the development of University Research information security technical standards, guidelines, and procedures, based on a recognized framework of best practices and in support of Auburn University policies and regulations. This primary focus would include the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification ( CMMC ), NIST 800-171 and other contractual security requirements.

The Research Cybersecurity Manager will assist with preparing and maintaining system security plans (SSPs) for various research projects on campus.

Assist in ensuring appropriate security control implementation of the Research Electronic Data Capture System (REDCap); and Electronic Research Administration ( ERA ).

Directs security specialists (Research Security Team) within the OVPRED, as well as collaborates with University CISO and Cybersecurity personnel.

Essential Functions

Job Duties/Primary Responsibilities:
1.Mentoring the Research Cybersecurity team members, researchers, students and administration on Cybersecurity related matters.
2.Provides assistance and guidance for the Research Security Enclave, to include network security and security monitoring systems within the Research Security Enclave
3.Assisting with the creation of infrastructure designs of current and future research networks and incorporating appropriate mitigation of existing and emerging threats;
4.Identifying security design gaps in existing and proposed network architecture and recommending changes and enhancements and documenting within a plan of action and milestones ( POAM ).
5.Collaborates with the Auburn Office of Cybersecurity SOC in monitoring and remediating appropriate Research Cybersecurity events through the use of Security Incident Event Management ( SIEM ), both in the cloud and on premise.
6.Engages in professional development to maintain continual growth in professional skills and knowledge essential to the position.

Education Level

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Field of Study

Business Administration, Management, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, or a related field.

Years of Experience


Area of Experience

• Demonstrated successful experience in information technology that includes a minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience in information security.

• Must possess full or advanced proficiency and understanding of Security Operations, Security Operations Center ( SOC ) processes, Network Security, and Cybersecurity Governance, Risks and Compliance.

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Education Level

Field of Study

Years of Experience

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills and Abilities

• Demonstrated knowledge of various security and regulatory compliance standards, such as Understanding and experience with, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ( FERPA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ( HIPAA ), the Federal Information Security Management Act ( FISMA ) the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification ( CMMC ), NIST 800-171 and NIST 800-53.
• Extensive background and knowledge derived from experience in core cybersecurity and information technology concepts, and skills required at the most senior level.
• Experience in managing a cybersecurity department (preferred), technical knowledge of information technology, and cybersecurity practices and advanced degrees required.
• Knowledge of project and operations management to include team leadership skills including motivating team member and group processes, team collaboration, empowering, coaching, mentoring, training, ethical integrity, championing diversity and inclusiveness, and supervising staff.
• Ability to translate specific strategic information into operational programs.
• Demonstrated knowledge of cybersecurity concepts including malware, intrusion detection, risk analysis, threat/vulnerability management, system hardening, and business continuity.
• Understanding of Cybersecurity Frameworks

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

This position requires industry-standard Information Assurance certifications appropriate to the position (Certified Information Security Manager ( CISM ), Certified Information Systems Security Professional ( CISSP ) or equivalent). Certified Information Systems Auditor ( CISA ) will also be considered.

Desired Qualifications

1. Master’s Degree in information technology or directly relevant discipline.
2. Management experience. Experience leading projects involving multiple team members can be considered as management experience.

Salary Grade


Salary Range

$98,200 - $157,200

Job Category

Information Systems/Technology

Working Hours if Non-Traditional

List any hazardous conditions or physical demands required by this position

Posting Date


Closing Date

EEO Statement

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please utilize the attachment feature at the online employment site to attach the following: cover letter, resume and contact information of at least three professional references. Only applicants who submit all the requested information will be considered for review.
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Auburn University is committed to providing a comprehensive employee benefits package that attracts and retains talent to further the University’s mission and contributes to the personal and financial well-being of employees and their families. Employee Benefits include: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Care, Cancer Insurance, Life Insurance/Personal Accident Coverage, Disability Group & Supplemental Plans, and Mandatory and Voluntary Retirement Plans, Auburn University Federal Credit Union, Bookstore Discounts, Tiger Perks discounts on dining, shopping and entertainment, Travel Assistance (Domestic and International), and Educational Improvements for Employees and Dependents.

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  4. * Do you have a minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience in information security? This includes a full or advanced proficiency and understanding of Security Operations, Security Operations Center (SOC) processes, Network Security, and Cybersecurity Governance, Risks and Compliance.
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