Sr Director, Information Security Engineering

    • Rockville, MD

The Senior Director is part of the senior management team of Technology, oversees a major program or project organization within Technology, and most often reports directly to a Vice President or Senior Vice President.

  • Manage separate teams focused on delivering high quality results within one or more of the following security disciplines: identities and entitlements, security event management, security analytics and reporting, thresholding and alerting, anomaly detection, secure configurations, and compliance reporting.
  • Develops and oversees organizational policies, goals, objectives, standards and strategies that drive to measurable and repeatable results.
  • Utilize automated platforms to optimize resource use and produce repeatable, high-quality results in relevant security disciplines.
  • Apply AI/ML to event data, scaling solutions to high volume workloads, database security and database activity monitoring, and secure architectures and designs.
  • Develop new and innovative ways to detect and resolve anomalous activity; analyze information or threats; and evaluate results to choose the best solutions to solve problems and oversee efforts to implement.
  • Select and manage vendors, tools, and technologies.
  • Establish, evolve, and ensure compliance with standard practices and processes within the disciplines.
  • Direct and coordinate organization's financial and budget activities to fund operations, maximize benefits from investments, and increase efficiency.
  • Serve on leadership teams
  • Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with peers and senior leaders both within Technology and Cyber and Information Security and with other groups (e.g., internal audit, legal, etc.), and maintain and enhance those relationships over time.
  • Establish and maintain external relationships with strategic product/service vendors, FINRA clients/customers, the SEC and FINRA’s other regulators, industry forums (government & private councils, standards bodies, product forums, etc.), as appropriate.
  • Ensure adherence to Technology and Cyber and Information Security policies, standards and controls.
  • Support periodic Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity Planning (BCP) updates and tests, SOC2 assessment, FISMA/FedRAMP compliance, Internal Controls (ICM) testing and reporting, and other initiatives as required.

Other Responsibilities:
  • Other duties as assigned.

Resource Management:
  • Identify and hire resource/skills needed within their organization.
  • Responsible for staff performance management, compensation planning and training.
  • Coordinate assignment of subordinate staff.

Required Education / Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, or related technical discipline
  • ISC2 Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) certification highly desired
  • Additional certifications related to AWS, secure design/architecture, networking, or similar are desired


Education/Experience Requirements:
  • 10+ years of cyber and information security experience
  • 5+ years of management supervisory experience
  • Financial services industry experience is a plus
  • Expertise in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platforms, Identity and Access Management (IAM) processes and tools, database systems, and AI/ML tools and techniques
  • Deep and broad knowledge of cyber and information security standards, frameworks, technologies, control strategies, and compliance practices.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with government and industry security standards and frameworks commonly used in the financial services industry, especially NIST SP800 series, FISMA, FedRAMP, ISO 2700x, and the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.
  • Strong knowledge of networking, firewalls, load balancers, TCP/IP, web servers and the other technical underpinnings of modern IT systems
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to articulate complex technical ideas in easy to understand business terms to all levels of management and staff
  • Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills
  • Experience presenting to all levels of management and staff
  • Demonstrated leadership experience

  • Working Conditions:
  • Normal office environment and normal daytime work hours.
  • Work outside of regular business hours and some travel may be required.

  • Flexible schedule and/or remote work with supervisor approval.


To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume. A writing sample may be required as part of the submission.

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