Director, Security Intelligence & Response

Kennesaw State University

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Director, Security Intelligence & Response

Job ID: 232658
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Job Summary
Responsible for the management and leadership of the cybersecurity intelligence and incident response team within the Office of Cybersecurity. Leads the team responsible for technical safeguards and services such as enterprise intelligence and reporting, IT incident response, application security safeguards, operating system safeguards, etc.

  • Responsible for providing enterprise security intelligence and incident response capabilities that are stable, recoverable, secure, and appropriate to support the academic, operational, and research missions of the institution
  • Responsible for building and maintaining metrics of organizational security posture
  • Responsible for managing personnel and providing leadership, technical direction, and operational oversight of the unit
  • Manages conflicting projects, tasks and/or priorities to ensure timely and accurate delivery of cybersecurity responsibilities
  • Collaborates with leadership, stakeholders and customers on the resolution of complex cybersecurity investigations and incidents
  • Leads enterprise IT incident response and investigative efforts
  • Provides leadership regarding indicators of system compromise and the incorporation of these indicators into enterprise security logging, improving proactive measures
  • Responsible for coordinating with external partners, including the USG, DHS, and FBI, on the investigation of alleged abuse of KSU computing resources
  • Gathers feedback on customer satisfaction and internal service performance to foster continual improvement

Required Qualifications
Educational Requirements
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution of higher education in related field

Other Required Qualifications
OSCP, CISSP, GPEN or equivalent certification

Required Experience
Seven (7) years of related work experience in Information Security demonstrating a progression of increasing responsibility, with at least two (2) years of leading an Information Technology team

Preferred Qualifications
Additional Preferred Qualifications
Degree in Cybersecurity, Information Security & Assurance, Computer Science, or Information Technology preferred

Preferred Experience
Preferably at least two (2) years of Information Security experience within higher education

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Able to function with autonomy, making sound/timely decisions and using good judgement to determine which decisions should be escalated
Able to lead projects which interface with fellow team members, IT support staff, customers, business partners, management, vendors, and external parties to accomplish organizational security objectives
Able to supervise departmental resources, including personnel, financial resources, and technical capabilities, to reduce overall organizational risk
Able to collaborate with stakeholders to identify and/or develop appropriate solutions technology
Able to hire, develop and lead a team of highly technical individuals, fostering growth in their chosen career path
Able to collaborate with external organizations (e.g., USG, Law Enforcement, Legal Affairs) to ensure appropriate and accurate dissemination of incident/investigative information
Able to manage threat or target analysis of cyber defense information and production of threat information within the enterprise
Able to anticipate security threats and proactively develop appropriate solutions
Able to identify critical infrastructure systems, or processes, that were designed without system security considerations
Able to handle with multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines

Knowledge of industry data security standards such as Payment Card Industry (PCI), Personal Health Information (PHI), Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), etc.
Expertise in specific operational impacts of cybersecurity lapses and emerging threats.
Expertise in enterprise incident response program, roles, and responsibilities

Strong interpersonal, initiative, teamwork/teambuilding, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e. Microsoft Office suite)
Strong leadership skills
Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

Equal Employment Opportunity
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national, origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007. Participant ID: 61415

Other Information
This is a supervisory position.
This position does not have any financial responsibilities.
No, this position will not be required to drive.
This role is considered a position of trust.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time

Background Check
  • Standard Enhanced + Education

Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.

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Founded in 1963, Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third-largest in the University System of Georgia with more than 22,500 undergraduate and graduate students representing 142 countries.

KSU is located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the serenity of a 384-acre, beautifully landscaped pedestrian-friendly campus.kennesaw_state_university1.jpg

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), KSU offers 70 bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math and graduate degree programs in nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, public administration, education and professional writing. The university’s expanding doctoral programs currently offer a Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Learning, Doctorate of Business Administration and Doctorate of Nursing.

Additionally, nursing students from Kennesaw State have one of the highest passing rates on the statewide licensing exam and are highly sought-after in the medical community, while the College of Education is the second-largest preparer of teachers in the state. The Executive MBA program, housed in the Coles College of Business, is the second-largest program in the country and has been recognized by BusinessWeek.

kennesaw_state_university2.jpgKSU’s national reputation has gained steam and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years as an “Up-and-Coming Masters University in the South,” ranking among the top ten (8th) in the 2010 issue of “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition, the university’s First-Year Experience has been named an “Academic Program to Look For” by U.S.News for seven consecutive years and was named one of 12 founding institutions in a project called "Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College."

The university has committed itself to expanding the global experience of students, faculty and staff through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), known as the "Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship" initiative, which began in 2007. This program focuses on increasing opportunities for international learning experiences. In spring 2009, KSU awarded its first Global Engagement Certification to graduate and undergraduate students. This certification recognizes students’ achievements in learning global perspectives and developing intercultural skills.

As a destination campus, KSU offers students plenty of opportunities to experience campus life by participating in more than 150 student groups and organizations, including student government, sororities and fraternities, club and intramural sports, social and special-interest organizations, student publications and honor societies.


In 2009, the Kennesaw State Owls completed a reclassification from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. During the transition from 2005-2009, KSU teams have won six Atlantic Sun Conference tournaments in five sports, including men’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s soccer, softball and cross-country.

Kennesaw State University has been recognized as one of the top universities in the country by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2009 Great Colleges to Work For.” KSU was recognized among the top 10 schools in six categories – confidence in senior leadership, teaching environment, collaborative governance, professional/career development programs, physical work space conditions and post-retirement benefits.

Kennesaw State was originally established by the University System of Georgia as Kennesaw Junior College serving 1,000 students. The college became a four-year institution in 1976 and was named Kennesaw College in 1977. In 1988, on its 25th anniversary, it was named Kennesaw State College and in 1996 became Kennesaw State University.

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