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Position Summary

The MSU Information Security department works to advise the university on risks to Information Systems, respond to incidents, and take proactive measures to ensure compliance and security throughout the university.


The Deputy CISO will assist the CISO in managing relevant information security operations within the MSU IT organization, to include strategic, personnel, security infrastructure, incident response, policy enforcement, emergency planning, security awareness. In addition, the Deputy CISO will direct staff in identifying, developing, implementing, and maintaining security processes across the organization to manage risks to information and IT and is adequately prepared to respond to incidents.


Michigan State University (MSU) is a top 100 global university located in East Lansing, three miles east of the state’s capitol. The MSU community includes more than 12,000 faculty, academic and support staff, as well as 49,695 students. MSU offers an extensive benefits package to its employees including health care, prescription, and dental coverage, and a base retirement program with a University matching contribution, as well as basic life insurance. In addition, MSU offers educational benefits including a course fee courtesy program and educational assistance.


MSU Information Technology provides the primary leadership for strategic, financial, and policy initiatives affecting information technology (IT) across MSU. MSU IT offers technology resources that support MSU’s mission of providing education, conducting research, and advancing engagement.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are essential elements, vital to the culture MSU Information Technology endeavors to cultivate. This includes providing opportunities and access for all people which incorporate differences of race, age, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, migratory status, disability/abilities, political affiliation, veteran status and socioeconomic background.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program; more than eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience including at least three of the following functional domains: security operations/SOC function, risk assessment/management, identity and access management (IAM), network security, incident response (DFIR), disaster recovery and business continuity; supervisory experience in an enterprise organization; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Current industry standard security certification (e.g. SANS, ISC2)
  • Experience in crisis management.
  • Experience leading, managing, and maintaining a Security Operations Center (SOC) function.
  • Information Security workforce development.
  • Security risk management planning.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Resume and Cover Letter

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Three professional references knowledgeable of your work.

Work Hours




Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.