Friday, September 13, 2013

Chief Information Security Officer (Based in Wellington, New Zealand)

The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive information security strategy and framework to ensure that Ministry of Social Development (MSD) information assets are protected, controlled and secured. The CISO will oversee development and implementation of information security policies, procedures, standards and guidelines to ensure ongoing maintenance of security. Crucial to this role is oversight of management of critical risk identification, remediation and establishment of protective measures for continued strengthening of information security across the Ministry. The CISO will ensure Government Chief Information Office (GCIO) compliance requirements are met and ensure that the Ministry is a contributing partner working with the GCIO.

The CISO will engage with Senior Leaders to develop strategic plans and objectives, coordinate information security compliance activities, and make decisions on information security matters that support protection goals consistent with the organization's strategic goals.

Key Attributes & Skills to be Successful in this Role:

  • Comfortable being a rainmaker

  • Accomplished as a coach and mentor

  • Business process improvement experience

  • Proven experience of delivering risk intelligent, business driven information protection and assurance programmes

  • Expert connector of diverse parts of the organisation (including IT) for engagement on information protection outcomes

  • Strong familiarity with designing information security assurance improvements in new and existing operating models (eg. PDLC, Certification & Accreditation, ITIL, CoBIT, etc.)

  • Political Acumen and Maturity

  • Clear, concise and articulate communicator who can serve as an effective member of senior management

  • Creative problem solver with an innovative solutions approach

  • Organisational change management experience

  • Proficient at communicating security-related concepts to a broad range of technical and non-technical staff.

  • Operational experience of delivering secure solutions in a live (service delivery) environment.

  • Commercial experience in effective sourcing for security outcomes

  • Proven experience of implementing leading industry standards such as the NZISM, ISO 27001:27002, Australian Protective Security Manual, etc in a fit for purpose manner.

This role is an exciting opportunity to shape and advance information security in the New Zealand public sector. The incoming CISO will have an opportunity to affect real change that will positively impact current and future Information Security practices across the government.

If you have the ability to identify opportunities for expanding information security throughout an organisation and build a sustainable model for its proactive and continuous improvement, then this may be just what you're looking for. This role requires a persuasive leader with a strategic mind and vision who can establish practices for identifying security requirements that support the business and protect the infrastructure. The CISO is responsible for information security leadership, assurance and advocacy.

To obtain a position description or to apply online, please go to,2948 Enquiries can be directed to Nancy Ford at or 04 916 3187 (+64 4 916 3187).

Applications close at 5pm Thursday, 26 September 2013.

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