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Job Post: CISO/Director of Cybersecurity

The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is an integral part of one of the leading research universities in the nation and serves as a University center of excellence in defense science, systems, and technologies with a focus in naval missions and related areas. We are looking for a high performing cybersecurity leader to join us at our State College, PA, location. You will fill a critical role, driving our security strategy and ensuring safe, secure, and compliant environments for our research and business operations. The working environment for this role is available as a hybrid on-site/work from home (we offer relocation!) and it will require periodic travel to remote locations in support of site visits, events, and industry engagement.

You will be responsible for the operational leadership of our information security program, leading a high functioning cybersecurity team. Partnering with the CIO and FSO, you will provide oversight of enterprise-wide information security, reducing overlaps/mitigating gaps between traditional security and information security. You will also develop policies and practices that ensure sensitive data is protected while ensuring compliance and reducing risk.


Requirements include:
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus a minimum of four years’ direct-related work experience
- Demonstrated ability applying IT in solving security/compliance issues
- Experience in cyber security systems engineering and architecture design, development, and implementation
- Proven experience in operating IT systems in accordance with federal government information security standards and regulations, including RMF and NIST
- Level 3 DoD 8570 Approved Certification (such as CISSP, CISM, GCIH, GCED, CISA, CCNP Security, CASP+CE)
- Proven ability to develop and foster high-performance teams
- Demonstrated ability to develop metrics, perform critical analysis, and develop executive decision support content
- Strength in determining, communicating, and delivering multiple competing priorities
- Proven success in developing relationships with customers, peers, and stakeholders, driving productive collaboration


Added bonus for us (but not necessary to be considered for the position) includes:
- Active government security clearance (highly desired)
- Successful cybersecurity and compliance leadership in a research, production, military, and/or defense contractor environment
- A wide variety of security and information security processes and principles, such as: o Enterprise security architecture o Threat model development o Vulnerability assessment o Risk analysis
- Industry and Government cybersecurity frameworks, (NIST, CIS, ISO, CSA)
- Planning, organizing, and developing information technology policies, procedures, and practices


To view the full job description, and to apply online, visit


A cover letter of interest and resume is required for consideration.


You will be subject to a government security investigation, and you must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the ARL will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

ARL is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on ARL, visit our web site at .

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