Director of Cyber Security

Posted 12 months ago

Director, Cyber Security


Location: Mississauga, Ontario

The Director, Information Security is the Information Security Officer (ISO) for the Enterprise, responsible for establishing and managing the enterprise vision, strategy, and program to ensure information assets and technologies are adequately protected. The Director directs staff in identifying, developing, implementing, and maintaining processes and technologies across the enterprise to ensure information and information technology risks are within acceptable levels as defined by the CIO, CEO and the Executive Leadership Team (ELT).

This role is also responsible for developing and executing a cybersecurity strategy, intended to drive situational awareness, collaboration, deliver meaningful services, and create unity and consensus on what efforts are important to more effectively address cyber across the diverse complex environment.

Key Job Functions:

The Director leads the staff and associated activities of the Security Strategy and Security team.

Reporting to the VP of ITS and CIO, the Director role is critical to ensuring the security program is effective at identifying, detecting, responding and recovering from a cybersecurity event. The Director represents Information Security to the Board and the rest of the company; and ensures that the security team evolves in organization, capability, and equipment in order to keep pace with the threat environment.

The Director is the interface between the CIO’s strategic activities and the work of the cybersecurity technology-focused analysts in the IT organization. The Director will translate the IT-risk requirements and constraints of the business into technical control requirements and specifications, as well as develop metrics for ongoing performance measurement and reporting. The Director coordinates the IT organization’s technical activities to implement and manage security infrastructure, and to provide regular status and service-level reports to the CIO, the IT leadership, and the Board of Directors.

The Director, Information Security is a leadership role that requires an individual with a strong technical background, as well as an ability to work with the broader IT organization and business management to align priorities and plans with key business objectives. The Director will act as an empowered representative of the CIO during IT planning initiatives to ensure that security measures are incorporated into strategic IT plans and that service expectations are clearly defined. The Director will also be responsible for working with business and IT stakeholders to balance real-world risks with business drivers such as speed, agility, flexibility and performance.

In addition to supporting the CIO’s vision, policies and strategies, the Director must be able to prioritize work efforts — balancing operational tasks with longer-term strategic security efforts. Other project management tasks will include resource balancing across multiple IT and security teams, task prioritizing and project reporting. Vendor relationship management — ensuring that service levels and vendor obligations are met — is also an important aspect of the position.

The Director will be responsible for managing highly technical staff as they work to accomplish company and personal development goals. Documentation and presentation skills, analytical and critical thinking skills, and the ability to identify needs and take initiative are key requirements for this position.

The Director role is composed of a variety of activities, including very tactical, operational and strategic activities in support of the ISO’s program initiatives, such as:

  • Strategic support
  • Security liaison
  • Architecture/engineering support
  • Operational support

Strategic Support

  • Work with the CIO to develop a security vision and program along with security projects that address identified risks and business security requirements.
  • Define, communicate and lead security initiatives both internal to the organization, but also initiatives that have impact on the industry.
  • Manage the process of gathering, analyzing and assessing the current and future threat landscape, as well as providing the CIO with a realistic overview of risks and threats in the enterprise environment.
  • Lead the development of Information Security standards and procedures for business units consistent with corporate security objectives and generally accepted and leading edge Information Security practices and professional security standards
  • Work with the CIO to develop budget projections based on short- and long-term goals and objectives.
  • Monitor and report on compliance with security policies, as well as the enforcement of policies within the IT department.
  • Propose changes to existing policies and procedures to ensure operating efficiency and regulatory compliance.
  • Manage a staff of information security professionals, hire and train new staff, conduct performance reviews, and provide leadership and coaching, including technical and personal development programs for team members.

Security Liaison (Internal & External)

  • Drive forward the cybersecurity mandate with internal, external, regulatory stakeholders to develop and execute a cybersecurity strategy.
  • Assist resource owners and IT staff in understanding and responding to security failures.
  • Provide security communication, awareness and training for audiences, which may range from senior leaders to field staff.
  • Work as a liaison with vendors and the legal and purchasing departments, external organizations including Provincial (ministry) and Federal Government Policy, National Intelligence and Policing Organizations to establish mutually acceptable best practices, contracts and service-level agreements.
  • Manage production issues and incidents, and participate in problem and change management forums.
  • Work with various stakeholders to identify information asset owners to classify data and systems as part of a control framework implementation.
  • Serve as an active and consistent participant in the information security governance process.
  • Work with the CIO and IT and business stakeholders to define metrics and reporting strategies that effectively communicate successes and progress of the security program.
  • Provide support and guidance for legal and regulatory compliance efforts, including audit support.

Architecture/Engineering Support

  • Consult with IT and security staff to ensure that security is factored into the evaluation, selection, installation and configuration of hardware, applications and software.
  • Recommend and coordinate the implementation of technical controls to support and enforce defined security policies.
  • Research, evaluate, design, test, recommend or plan the implementation of new or updated information security hardware or software, and analyze its impact on the existing environment; provide technical and managerial expertise for the administration of security tools.
  • Work with the enterprise architecture team to ensure that there is a convergence of business, technical and security requirements; liaise with IT management to align existing technical installed base and skills with future architectural requirements.
  • Develop and implement controls and configurations aligned with security policies and legal, regulatory and audit requirements.

Operational Support

  • Coordinate, measure and report on the technical aspects of security management.
  • Manage outsourced vendors that provide information security functions for compliance with contracted service-level agreements.
  • Lead and coordinate operational components of threat and cyber attack management, including detection, response and reporting.
  • Maintain a knowledgebase comprising a technical reference library, security advisories and alerts, information on security trends and practices, and laws and regulations.
  • Lead the day-to-day activities of threat and vulnerability management, identify risk tolerances, recommend treatment plans and communicate information about residual risk.
  • Lead security projects and provide expert guidance on security matters for other IT projects.
  • Assist and guide the disaster recovery planning team in the selection of recovery strategies and the development, testing and maintenance of disaster recovery plans.
  • Ensure audit trails, system logs and other monitoring data sources are reviewed periodically and are in compliance with policies and audit requirements.
  • Design, coordinate and oversee security testing procedures to verify the security of systems, networks and applications, and manage the remediation of identified risks.
  • Perform other duties/tasks/projects as required or assigned

Skills / Knowledge / Experience / Education Required


  • A bachelor’s degree in information systems or equivalent work experience; an MBA or M.S. in information security is preferred.
  • A minimum of fifteen years of IT experience, with five years in an information security role in a supervisory capacity.

Relevant certifications include:

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • GIAC GSEC (Global Information Assurance Certification – Security Essentials Certification)


  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with business managers, IT engineering and IT operations staff.
  • The ability to interact with company personnel, build strong relationships at all levels and across all business units and organizations, and understand business imperatives.
  • A strong understanding of the business impact of security tools, technologies and policies.
  • Strong leadership abilities, with the capability to develop and guide information security team members and IT operations personnel, and work with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with the IT organization, project and application development teams, management and business personnel; in-depth knowledge and understanding of information risk concepts and principles as a means of relating business needs to security controls; an excellent understanding of information security concepts, protocols, industry best practices and strategies.
  • Experience working with legal, audit and compliance staff.
  • Experience developing and maintaining policies, procedures, standards and guidelines.
  • Experience with common information security management frameworks, such as International Standards Organization (ISO) 27001, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework and other leading edge security frameworks.
  • Proficiency in performing risk, business impact, control and vulnerability assessments, and in defining treatment strategies.
  • Strong analytical skills to analyze security requirements and relate them to appropriate security controls.
  • An understanding of operating system internals and network protocols.
  • Familiarity with the principles of cryptography and cryptanalysis.
  • Experience in application technology security testing (white box, black box and code review).
  • Experience in system technology security testing (vulnerability scanning and penetration testing).
  • Extensive practical experience in the military, law enforcement, intelligence, or corporate security
  • Ability to lead and represent the company at industry councils and committees.
  • Understanding of the protection issues associated with the Bulk Power System

What this job offers:

  • Competitive market wages
  • Comprehensive benefit programs
  • Programs and policies to support a balanced lifestyle
  • A challenging fast-paced team environment
  • Opportunity to work with some of the brightest people in the industry

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