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Information Security Officer

University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, NC

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Safety & Security
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

UNC Asheville Overview:

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, UNC Asheville is the designated public liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Asheville is nationally known for the quality of our student-centered teaching, mentoring of undergraduates in research, interdisciplinary learning, and striving to be an inclusive campus community.
UNC Asheville is committed to promoting diversity and a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Staff members are encouraged to take an active role to engage in the institution’s efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the workplace. The successful candidate is expected to foster an inclusive work culture where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds, talents, capabilities and ways of living are respected and welcomed. Women, traditionally under-represented minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Position Type:

EHRA Staff


Information Security Officer

Position Number:


Recruitment Range:

$92,000 - $98,506

Work Schedule and Hours:

Typical office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm, additional hours on evenings and weekends as needed to meet the needs of the department and university.

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Months per Year:

12 Months

Position Summary:

The Information Security Officer (ISO) plays an integral part in the development, implementation, and compliance of technical security across UNC Asheville. The ISO is responsible for managing security risks related to information security, business continuity planning, incident management, privacy, and compliance. In addition, the ISO ensures all employees are trained on enterprise and governmental security requirements through awareness programs.
In conjunction and in collaboration with other ITS systems and applications administrators, this position will assist in conducting network and information systems audits meant to identify, harden, and mitigate potential and actual security threats in the form of scanning, monitoring, and testing the UNC Asheville network and systems for vulnerabilities. This position shall assist ITS management in ensuring the compliance of University systems to federal, state and local laws, rules and ordinances; will develop controls to enforce IT security policies and compliance; will advise on the development, documentation and maintenance of disaster recovery plans; review risk assessments and support cyber incident response plans.
The ISO along with the Security Analyst will be responsible for the configuration, deployment, optimization, and management of IT security related tools. The ISO will work with various departments on alert escalation and resolution and provide risk analysis metrics to leadership based on the output of these tools. The ISO will also be responsible for assessing potential threats, such as malware or phishing alerts, and determining the validity of the alert and determining the best course of action to protect UNCA assets.
The ISO should have knowledge of and implementation experience with security tools including but not limited to vulnerability scanning, prevention, penetration testing, firewall administration, etc. that are utilized to protect, prevent, and remediate IT security threats.



Required Education/Experience/Skills:

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or an Information Security degree or closely related field from an appropriately accredited institution; or Bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution and three years of progressive experience in IT Security or closely related area.

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Information Security
  • Professional experience in running the information security office analyzing and applying information security, risk management, and privacy practices
  • Strong decision-making capabilities, with a proven ability to weigh relative costs/benefits of potential actions and identify most appropriate options
  • Experience working in a higher education environment
  • Consulting and general industry experience
  • An understanding of business needs and commitment to delivering high-quality, prompt, and efficient service to the University community

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :

  • A proven ability to analyze user department needs, make proactive recommendations to improve existing processes and identify where technology changes may reduce security risks
  • Knowledge and experience with the Banner ERP system, Windows, Linux, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Cisco Networking and Firewalls, and web technologies are preferred
  • Knowledge of national and international regulatory compliances and frameworks such as ISO, SOX, GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, and/or PCI D is preferred
  • An ability to communicate complex and technical issues to diverse audiences, orally and in writing, in an easily understood, authoritative, and actionable manner
  • Ability to respond to high pressure dynamic environments
  • Ability to work as a team member and exhibit the ability to advance technical skills
  • Experience within Azure and Google environments are a plus.

Special Instructions to the Applicant:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.

Official verification from each college/university you have attended are required upon employment, and will be requested directly from the college/university by Human Resources or from the National Student Clearinghouse. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution.

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training and experience requirements, management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.

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The University of North Carolina Asheville offers a singular experience for original minds.

We’re the original and only liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. We break down conventions, overcome obstacles, expand horizons. We dare to connect curiosity and critical thinking, courage and challenge, imagination and impact, opportunity and responsibility. When the world looks down, we look up.

We’re a public resource that draws on a deep history to make a profound impact—on our students and on the world. We founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Our STEAM Studio helped to produce the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square. We offer majors and concentrations that re-tool the liberal arts and sciences for new challenges and new opportunities. We live in one of America’s great small cities, a mountain town with wit and grit, with an artist’s eye and an explorer’s heart.

We are the originals. We’re rooted in the Land of the Sky, at the intersection of what’s known and what’s possible. This is an education that’s affordable, adaptive, and endlessly relevant. This is an experience where every path leads to a new vista, where there’s room for every voice, and where the future is a frontier—vast and bright and close enough to touch.

UNC Asheville’s national reputation for empowering human potential is rooted in its unique student-centric public liberal arts and sciences mission. UNC Asheville thrives on close-knit connections among students and their faculty and staff mentors. The University’s 3,300 students are innovative, ethical, creative and resilient leaders who seek to understand complex global challenges and find creative, sustainable solutions that benefit our communities and the world. More than 65 percent of UNC Asheville students conduct applied research alongside faculty experts. UNC Asheville consistently ranks as a national top 10 Public Liberal Arts and Sciences University by U.S. News & World Report, and on its list of Most Innovative Schools. UNC Asheville regularly earns several national top 20 rankings in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 386 Colleges,” including Best Quality of Life, Town-Gown Relations, and UNC Asheville has ranked in the top two nationally for the “Best Schools for Making an Impact,” in The Princeton Review’s “Colleges that Pay You Back.”

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