Cybersecurity Specialist, Research

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

ID: 7079391
Posted: June 3, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.

Job Overview
The Office of Research at the University of Cincinnati is looking for a Cybersecurity Specialist to join our Carnegie R1 urban university team. We are creating an impact in society by making discoveries, generating knowledge, cultivating talent, and solving problems that matter. This position will be responsible for supporting University departments and researchers ensuring compliance on projects with contractual obligations to provide a secure computing environment.


An attractive compensation package, including base salary and excellent benefits (e.g., retirement, medical/dental/vision, tuition remission);
An outstanding professional opportunity to work with highly talented and committed colleagues and contribute to the growth of a world-class organization and fulfillment of the overall mission of the institution;
Growth potential within the university.
Essential Functions
Perform risk analysis on any security-relevant changes to the systems; provide recommendations and technical support to manage the risk posed by vulnerabilities based on current and potential threats. Identify and analyze system vulnerabilities and activity anomalies that are inconsistent with the current approved security plan.
Design, procure, and manage information technology resources and IT contracts dedicated to the protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Manage and resolve research information security matters by collaborating with researchers, Sponsored Research Services (SRS), and the Conflict of Interest Office (COI). Coordinate with the college and respective department, UC Legal Counsel, Information Security, Information Technology, Export Controls, International Services Office, Federal Agencies, and others to ensure compliance in activities related to Controlled Unclassified and Classified Information System security and Facility security.
Consult with Principal Investigators (PI) in pre-award or post-award review of information technology security and privacy controls compliance requirements. Advise PIs on editing compliance templates to specify basic and derived security requirements as part of the projects system security plan. Assist in mapping the design and development of a secure computing environment to contracted specifications for research sponsors. Advise units in the creation of necessary data flow and documentation.
Work with SRS, Export Controls, and Information Technology to develop project specific information security and privacy controls in collaboration with the PI. Manage an assessment program to review compliance objectives, support the risk management program, be and remain current with relevant regulations, perform periodic control reviews, and document compliance within secure computing environments. Participate in the security incident response process for secure environments to ensure compliant reaction to security incidents.
Coordination with the Facility Security Officer (FSO) to support the development and implementation of processes and procedures, physical and information security indicators necessary to meet facility clearance certification as required for classified research operations. Organize IT security and privacy training program for research personnel in collaboration with PI and information security officer.
Partner with the COI Officer to utilize tools and develop processes for evaluating disclosures and conducting investigations related to foreign influence and international research engagement concerns.
May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, MIS, or related field.
Eight (8) years of relevant IT work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.
Required Trainings/Certifications
Must meet all requirements necessary to obtain a SECRET security clearance with the U.S. Federal Government for access to classified information within 18 months of hire.

Required Experience
Four (4) years of research security, cybersecurity and/or information systems security.

Additional Qualifications Considered
Experience with US Government or academic research activities and regulations.
Experience in Risk Management and Intelligence Analysis
Experience with NISPOM, CMMC, and managing NIST SP 800-171 IT security requirements.
Familiarity with computer forensic tools and analysis, incident handling/response, and intrusion detection.
Knowledge of industrial security administration, contracts, and government databases.
Experience working with Defense Information System Agency (DISA) Host Based Security System (HBSS) and DISA Assured Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS).
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).
Physical Requirements/Work Environment
Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


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