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Manager, Information Security Vendor Risk Management (VRM)

Manager, Information Security Vendor Risk Management (VRM)


Rowan University seeks to appoint a Manager of Information Security Vendor Risk Management (VRM) to assist the Manager of Information Security Risk in the division of Information Resources & Technology (IRT). IRT is responsible for the University’s information technology and applications, information security, data integrity, systems-related compliance, and reporting. Along with the University, IRT has grown extensively in recent years, and we are continuing to mature our Information Security Office’s VRM Program for the University across all campuses.

This individual will assist with the University’s VRM Program and will report to the Manager of Information Security Risk who oversees the growth and development of our VRM program for assessing the organizational risk and security maturity of our Third-Party Vendors across our supply chain. The VRM Manager will aid with developing processes to ensure the timely & thorough review of our critical supplier chain partners in accordance with industry-standard approaches (NIST, Share Assessments SIG, ISO 28001), but adapted to our unique business needs. The work needs to support organizational security, compliance, and quality goals and objectives for the business. It will be integrated into the legal contracting and financial procurement processes, as a critical step to understand and mitigate risks introduced by vendors in the supply chain.

This position is specifically responsible for representing the Information Security Office as a trusted Subject Matter Expert (SME) within the University’s IT Acquisition Process (ITAP) and understanding and assessing security, confidentiality/privacy, and operational risks related to solutions of Third-Party Vendors.


Under the guidance of the Manager of Information Security Risk:
● Assist with reviewing vendor solutions and service security evaluations for alignment with security best practices & regulatory compliance.
● Summarize and follow up on documentation on vendors, their security posture, and any open concerns.
● Maintain an inventory of Third-Party Vendors who possess and/or interact with Rowan University data, including key risk information about the relationship, data attributes involved, and regulatory compliance.
● Support completion of Rowan University’s information security review process for all new Third-Party Vendors, and annual reviews for all other relationships that receive and/or interact with university data.
● Monitor open Vendor security issues and remediation actions associated with security control gaps to ensure timely closure.
● Conduct information security assessments of Third-Party Vendors to determine their ability to protect confidential data.
● Enhance risk/vulnerability assessment programs and questionnaires to aid in the identification and mitigation of security risks.
● Identify and document information security vulnerabilities and risks in the information technology environment.
● Evaluate identified vulnerabilities and risks, working with business owners, risk management, and vendor representatives.
● Identify tasks necessary to remediate identified vendor risks and vulnerabilities; negotiate dates for remediation to be complete.
● Track progress on remediation of identified risks and vulnerabilities and provide appropriate reporting to constituents.
● Monitor appropriate industry sources to maintain awareness of new security tools and techniques and research those tools and techniques that have the potential to improve the organization's ability to protect its information and infrastructure.
● Assist in the development of appropriate information security policies, standards, procedures, checklists, and guidelines using generally recognized security concepts tailored to meet the requirements of the organization.
● Maintain expertise in identifying security risks in the hardware, software, and systems used by the organization.
● Participate in appropriate opportunities for continuing education, seminars, participation in field-related professional organizations, and so on to remain current on developments in the information security profession.
● Ensure that identified risks are managed in accordance with the Vendor Risk Management program.
● Continuously work to improve the overall Vendor Risk Management Program.
● Promote cyber security awareness of vendor & supply chain risks.
● Other information security duties as assigned.


● High Attention to Detail
● Project Management
● Self-led Learner
● Customer First Mentality
● Strong Adaptability
● Process Documentation Management
● Process Mapping Development
● Presentation Skills
● Multitasking
● General Risk Management Foundation
● General Information Security Foundation
● Communication with Executives
● Team Mentorship
● Can Interpret Regulations and Compliance Requirements
● Thoughtful Leadership
● General Security Control Framework Foundation
● Cross-functional Team Leadership


● Proficient in MS Excel, and Google Sheets with the ability to implement formulas to achieve analytics.
● Excellent project management skills, with the ability to work within deadlines, juggle multiple priorities, design project plans, and provide project updates.
● Ability to work independently with little direction and/or supervision.
● Superior communication skills with the ability to ask questions, escalate roadblocks early, and interact effectively at multiple levels in the organization.
● Keen attention to detail with the ability to correct on the fly and work independently.
● Analytical aptitude with an emphasis on investigative, methodical critical questioning and logical thinking; a data-driven decision maker.
● General knowledge or the ability to learn mitigation methodologies and regulatory
requirements pertaining to information security, privacy and/or data security.
● High-level interpersonal skills.
● General working knowledge of information security concepts and controls.


● Experience with Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) tools such as OneTrust, Process Unity, ThirdPartyTrust, Prevalent, or related technologies used in the space is an asset.
● Experience with other procurement tools, such as Emptoris and Coupa, or related technologies used in the space is an asset.
● Experience with Vendor/Third Party Risk Management tool process design and implementation is an asset.
● Understanding of business intelligence concepts and tools, data governance, and quality assurance needs for risk management and procurement/supply chain lifecycles.
● Experience with supplier management, risk management, regulatory compliance or outsourcing would be an asset.


Basic Qualifications:
● Bachelor's degree in Information Security, Information Protection, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Systems Management, Business Administration, or equivalent experience
● Minimum three years of information security experience
● Minimum three years of experience with information technology audits and assessments with a focus on Third-Party Vendor risk management.
● Minimum three years of experience with information security technology programs, audits, assessments, risk, or remediation management.

Preferred Qualifications:
● Familiarity with privacy laws, data protection/security regulations, and frameworks, such as BITS, COBIT, and ISO27002.
● Experience with the OneTrust Vendor Management platform.
● Consulting skills (client service orientation, conflict resolution, analysis/synthesis of information, negotiation, project management, etc.).
● Negotiation skills needed to obtain commitments to remediate risks and vulnerabilities from leadership of University and non-University personnel.
● Excellent communication, listening and facilitation skills.
● Excellent time management and related organizational skills, including appropriate sense of urgency, a proactive approach, and a suitable ability to anticipate and manage project lifecycle events, issues, and obstacles.
● Able to represent the Information Security Office Vendor Risk Management Team in information technology assessments and/or audits of IT systems, processes, and general IT controls.
●Interpret results, develop, and communicate recommendations to management.
● Able to identify and document specific security issues, propose resolution options, and interpret matters from the perspective of involved stakeholders
● Current Industry certification (e.g. Security+, SSCP, CISA, CISSP, CISM, CRISC, etc.)
● Familiarity with privacy laws, data protection/security regulations, and frameworks, such as BITS, SOC 2, COBIT, ISO27001 and ISO 27002

Candidates with the following job titles or experience in the following job roles are encouraged to apply:

● Third Party Risk Management (TPRM) Analyst or Manager
● Vendor Risk Management (VRM) Analyst or Manager
● Security Analyst or Manager
● Information Security Analyst or Manager
● Cyber Analyst or Manager
● Risk and Compliance Analyst - Vendor Risk
● Vendor Management Analyst or Manager

NOTE: Rowan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diverse people and abilities. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the US, and the university will not sponsor an applicant for a work visa for this position.

Advertised: Nov 10 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Jan 12 2023 11:55 PM Eastern Standard Time

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