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Systems Security Specialist Lead

Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 16, 2024

Job Details

Systems Security Specialist Lead

Wayne State University is searching for an experienced Systems Security Specialist Lead at its Detroit campus location.

Wayne State is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities which prepare students for success in a global society.

Essential functions (job duties):

Job Purpose

Responsible for technical oversight of information security operations including detection, response, and security device management such as firewalls, VPNs, SIEM and EDR. Act as a technical liaison and provide oversight for campus wide IT information security concerns. Reports to the Senior Director, Information Security & Compliance.

Essential Functions

Lead efforts in resolving all possible security breaches throughout the University network, including leading project teams for both security resolution and proactive measure to prevent future security issues.

Provide technical oversight of professional staff assigned to security function. Lead project teams of assigned student or technicians working on project initiatives.

Identify specific technical recommendations to improve the existing security of the systems. Conduct appropriate follow-up to ensure identified security issues have been resolved. Research, document, and explain security risks to University employees and review results with relevant system administrators for resolution.

Provide leadership on implementation of technology for all aspects of information security operations, including firewall technology, intrusion detection systems, event correlation and endpoint detection tools.

Research current and emerging information security technology trends. Evaluate, test, design, and provide comparative analysis for new technologies or to make purchase recommendations to further improve information security at the University. Serve as lead technical contact and liaison during product discovery with faculty, staff, third-party vendors, and suppliers.

Lead coordination responsibility for implementing and managing firewalls throughout the University network, including policy evaluation and implementation, application debugging, and directing staff in secure implementation of services provided behind the firewall.

Maintain policies and procedures for SIEM and other critical operational tools required to investigate and resolve all unauthorized attempts to access official institutional resources.

Perform other related duties as assigned.


Job Reports to: Senior Director.

Leadership Accountability: Implements operating plans.

Customer Accountability: Interfaces with customers outside the S/C/D.

Freedom to Act: Subject to general input from supervisor.



  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Security or computer related field required.
  • CISSP or equivalent certification preferred.
  • Expert (established subject matter expert, 7+ years experience)
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in computer/network security field.
  • Experience with major computer operating systems and how they are affected by InfoSec issues.
  • Experience evaluating technology solutions and conducting analysis of the business needs/expectations, technical capability, and associated security risk.
  • Experience conducting information security audits and presenting the results and remedial solutions to customers in an understandable format.
  • Experience using log analysis and event correlation to detect and identify possible malicious activity.
  • Experience in coordinating and/or developing process for incident response activities.
  • Technology Skills: Considerable knowledge of at least one major SIEM tool (QRadar, Splunk, ArcSight, etc.). Considerable knowledge of at least one major firewall platform (Cisco, Checkpoint, Palo Alto, etc.). Familiar with at least one major EDR solution (CarbonBlack, CrowdStrike, etc.) Familiar with common security application software (Nessus, Nmap, tcpdump, netcat, Wireshark, etc.). Understand of Security Automation and Orchestration. Ability to script in Perl, Python, Ruby, or other similar language including understanding of standard web-based APIs.
  • Analytical Skills: Analyzes the impact of potential actions. Demonstrates the ability to apply analytical and logical thinking to gather and analyze information. Capable of analyzing large volumes of data and summarizing results. Proposes, evaluates alternative solutions to achieve organizational goals.
  • Problem Solving Skills: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner. Anticipates the implications and consequences of situations and takes appropriate action to be prepared for possible contingencies. Leads groups in problem analysis and process improvement initiatives.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Relates to people in an open, friendly, and acceptable manner. Effectively balances the interests and needs of own group with the broader organization. Resolves conflicts and disagreements and builds consensus.
  • Supervisory Skills: Ability to train staff and develop subordinate staff. Ability to delegate work, set clear direction and manage workflow. Strong mentoring and coaching skills.
  • Leadership Skills: Demonstrates strong leadership skills that can influence and motivate individuals and groups to achieve results. Ability to establish clear goals and direction for teams or subordinates.
  • Teamwork and Peer Relationships: Ability to work through and with others at all organizational levels to ensure work is completed and objectives are met. Ability to be a contributing and constructive member of University committees and task forces. Demonstrates the ability to build a collaborative or team environment within responsible or assigned areas.
  • Planning and Project Management Skills: Ability to shift priorities and multi-task on various projects. Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects. Realistically estimates time and resource requirements on projects. Ability to plan and lead groups on large or complex projects. Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals.
  • Customer Focus: Establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect. Proactively identifies customer issues and quickly and effectively resolves customer problems. Establishes customer service standards and objectives.
  • Communication Skills: Ability to provide direction and guidance in information security matters to departments across campus. Expresses oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others. Expresses oneself clearly and concisely in writing. Concisely summarizes large or complex issues both verbally and in writing.

H25 - Computing & Info Technology

Primary department:

H2540 - Information Security & Access Management

Employment type:
  • Regular Employee
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Job category: Staff/Administrative
Funding/salary information:
  • Compensation type: Annual Salary
  • Salary hire maximum: $100,000
Working conditions:

Normal office environment.

Job openings:
  • Number of openings: 1
  • Reposted position: No
Background check requirements:

University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting work. If you are offered employment, the university will inform you if a background check is required.

Equal employment opportunity statement:

Wayne State University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. The university encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


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