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Security Assessment Specialist

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To protect our clients and maintain their trust through delivery of world-class and innovative cybersecurity and risk management services.

As a part of the Security & Risk Engineering team, you will educate, train, and support the Risk Engineering community while enabling Security Engineering Assessments to identify and manage gaps to established security standards.


Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for operating and improving processes to provide initial assessments, reassessments and ongoing monitoring of control coverage to ensure compliance with information protection policies and standards.

  • Responsible for collaborating with experienced staff on larger efforts and or working independently on smaller efforts to consult and advise on efforts which may include: departmental charters, evaluating vendor security and risk posture, advising on purchase and investment decisions, establishing appropriate monitoring of information protection controls, evaluating operational effectiveness of information protection controls, and evaluating noncompliance issues

  • Responsible for executing processes to document, report, and manage findings, exceptions to standards, and identified risks in order to ensure that appropriate action plans are created and executed to remediate gaps, deficiencies, and risks

  • Responsible for researching existing IT general controls and processes, gathering related data and collecting responses in order to support the assessment of information risks


  • Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, MIS or related field; or related work experience beyond the minimum required

  • Experience preferred in information systems or systems audit or a demonstrated knowledge in technologies and processes

  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to changing business needs by effectively managing and prioritizing concurrent assignments

  • Demonstrated effective problem-solving skills 

  • Effective interpersonal skills; builds constructive and effective relationships; facilitation of meetings

  • Solid communication skills with ability to deliver informative, well-organized documentation

  • Demonstrated aptitude to learn

  • Ability to recommend mitigating controls for various security gaps desired

  • Assessment experience desired - Security Assessments, Risk Assessments, Vendor Assessments, Compliance Assessments

  • Ability to apply IT general controls desired

  • Ability to assess designs for risk and control gaps desired

  • Cloud Security experience desired - AWS, Azure


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W e are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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