Assistant Cyber Security Policy Specialist/Cyber Security Policy Specialist

Cyber Security and Networking Division

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) advances discovery and innovation through extreme-scale computing, science-enabling software, and the skills of our expert staff. The center is part of the flagship University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement—and is located in a micro-urban community that combines cultural vibrancy with affordability and quality of life.

For more than 30 years, NCSA has partnered with visionaries to discover solutions to grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. Our advanced digital resources and world-class staff push research beyond the unimaginable. Can you imagine? We can.

NCSA is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply.

NCSA is currently seeking an Assistant Cyber Security Policy Specialist/Cyber Security Policy Specialist to work as a member of its Cyber Security and Networking Division (CSND). Emerging research cyber-infrastructure requires the research and development of new cyber security policies and procedures within the NCSA advanced cyberinfrastructure (ACI) in support of academia and industrial research. Partner in NCSA's vision of being a home for addressing complex research problems in science and society, powered by the development of advanced and comprehensive digital research environments. Collaborate with research teams and partners by providing effective access to the ACI, addressing current and future system requirements.

Key responsibilities

Assistant Cyber Security Policy Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Policy Development Research
    • Research and develop new policies, standards and procedures to align NCSA projects and practices with recognized security standards (e.g., NIST, HIPAA, CUI, HITRUST, SOC 2 Type 2).
    • Research novel methods for aligning nascent cyber-infrastructure with recognized security standards.
  • Research Cybersecurity Operations and Processes
    • Work with NCSA researchers and cyber-infrastructure architects to identify and research new cyber security policies and processes needed to support emerging research.
    • Research cyber security processes and policy requirements to meet the needs of emerging research cyber-infrastructure.
    • Identify cyber risks and appropriate mitigation for NCSA, industry partners and collaborators.
    • Work with technology subject matter experts to develop risk assessments and the proper mitigation.
  • Leadership and Outreach
    • Represent NCSA in meetings and with presentations to existing or prospective collaborators, such as, NCSA industry partners, funding agencies, and university researchers.
    • Present findings of cyber security policy and process research to cyber security and cyber-infrastructure research professionals.
Cyber Security Policy Specialist

Includes those of the Assistant level with the addition of the following:

  • Research Cybersecurity Operations and Processes
    • Coordinate efforts and research methods to design, deploy, and operate high-level security environments in support of research cyber-infrastructure.
    • Drive required cyber security processes derived from policy requirements.

Required education and experience

Assistant Cyber Security Policy Specialist
  • Two years of progressively more responsible work experience in an Information Technology (IT) related profession. College course work which included Information Technology (IT), IT Management, or a closely related discipline may be substituted as follows: 60 semester hours or Associate's degree equals one (1) year, 90-120 semester hours or Bachelor's degree equals two (2) years.
Cyber Security Policy Specialist

Includes those of the Assistant level with the addition of the following:

  • Two years of experience in operational security and/or networking.

Preferred experience

Assistant Cyber Security Policy Specialist
  • Professional, intern or educational experience in cyber security, risk management or auditing.
  • B.S. degree in engineering, computer science, accounting or related field.
Cyber Security Policy Specialist
  • Implementation of a security or compliance framework.
  • Policy and standards development.

This is a full-time Civil Service IT Technical Associate position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close of the search. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Applications must be received by April 21, 2020. Apply for this position at If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile. If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.

Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.

Step 3) Upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), and academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable) and names/contact information for three references.

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position at Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, contact Bryan Fijalkovich at For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

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