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Chief Information Security Officer

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, Illinois
IT Manager/Director
Chief Information Security Officer

Office of the Chief Information Officer, Technology Services

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is seeking a proficient, strategic leader to serve as its next Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), leading its comprehensive, university-wide cybersecurity strategy to enable the university's land-grant mission and global impact, balancing best practices with mission, risk, and regulatory requirements. The CISO works collaboratively across the university community to develop and implement effective cybersecurity practices supporting teaching, research, and public engagement, ensuring the campus employs security technology best practices, addresses changing legislative requirements and mandates, anticipates new threats, and advances the cybersecurity posture of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as well as the U of I System and U of I Springfield.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Universities (AAU), as well as the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Illinois consistently ranks among the top universities in National Science Foundation and Department of Energy-funded research and development expenditures, with nearly $750 million annually in sponsored research project awards. 

The CISO, reporting to the Chief Information Officer, oversees cybersecurity functions including Identity & Access Management; Governance, Risk, and Compliance; and cybersecurity training & awareness, in addition to cybersecurity operations (total of 50 full-time staff). The University of Illinois has invested significant, permanent resources in growing its cybersecurity capabilities, an effort the new CISO will build upon. The CISO will collaborate closely with information security leaders at the other campuses and the system office of the University of Illinois. 

The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is open to the CISO being a remote role.  

Why Work at Technology Services?
Highlights of Employee Benefits


University & Program Leadership
  • Responsible for information security prioritization and the continuing maturity of the institutional security and risk posture.
  • Lead the development of multiyear cybersecurity, identity & Access Management, and privacy roadmaps encompassing on-premise, cloud, and third-party infrastructure and applications that align technology, policy, and regulatory requirements.
  • Advise university counsel and leadership on cybersecurity matters. 
Risk Management & Incident Response
  • Oversee the development, management, and execution of campus IT security incident response program, responding to alleged policy violations, or complaints from external parties, and serving as the official contact point for cybersecurity incidents, including maintaining relationships with law enforcement entities.
  • Lead incident reporting and response systems to address cybersecurity incidents, and collaborate with university counsel in responding to alleged policy violations, or complaints from external parties.
Institutional Compliance & Policy
  • In collaboration with IT leaders, data custodians and governance bodies, lead the development of institutional cybersecurity policies, standards, and procedures.
  • Ensure institutional policies remain current on the latest cybersecurity and privacy legislation and regulations relevant to a Research 1 institution.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree
  •  Ten years of professional IT, IT administration, or risk management experience that includes significant responsibility in cybersecurity
  •  Five years of management experience in information technology
  •  Demonstrated experience with budgetary or programmatic planning
  •  Demonstrated experience leading communications efforts for non-technical and leadership audiences
  •  Demonstrated experience in a cybersecurity leadership role
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in a field related to information technology or cybersecurity
  •  Five years of experience in one or more domains of cybersecurity
  •  Demonstrated leadership experience in higher education, preferably at an institution comparable in complexity to the University of Illinois
  •  Demonstrated experience promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the development and delivery of cybersecurity services
  •  CISSP, CRISC, CISM, or comparable certification
Appointment Information

This is a 100% full-time Academic Professional position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after 12/5/2022. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on Friday, November 04. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact Samantha Willits-Rosten at or 217-300-9188. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1012883
Job Category: Administrative
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