Career Opportunity

IT Security Administrator (Senior Systems Administrator #1780)
Springfield or Chicago
Technology Support & Infrastructure
$59,220 - $81,427
$59,220 - $103,635
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
January 22, 2021
Open Until Filled

*** REVISED 1/22/2021​***​

The Illinois State Board of Education is looking for an IT Security Specialist to plan, analyze, design, configure, test, implement, maintain, and support the agency’s network and application security. While reporting to infrastructure management on network security issues (patch management, cyber-security, evaluation of internal controls, etc.), this position would also assist the software solutions department with security activities surrounding application access (web-based, LAN, and mainframe) and vulnerability testing. The position requires a detail-oriented, results-driven individual with strong technical, organizational, and communications skills. Chicago applicants must be willing to occasionally travel to the Springfield Office.

  • ​Identifies and communicates current and emerging security threats. 
  • Evaluates existing internal controls, makes decisions based on industry best practices and leading technologies, and formulates elements to mitigate threats as they emerge. 
  • Creates solutions that balance business needs with IT and cyber-security requirements.
  • Develops patch management program for laptops, desktops, and servers.
  • Recommends enhancements and change.
  • Coordinates updates and new software purchases to maintain leading edge anti-virus, anti-malware, SIEM in providing maximum internal network protection.
  • Scans Syslogs, IPS/IDS, servers, etc., in search of intrusions. 
  • Investigates suspected or confirmed malware/virus/Trojan/Trikbot or other malicious infections. 
  • Researches such attacks, and remediates issues as they occur. 
  • Networks with vendors and other governmental bodies regarding successful incident management and reports findings for management consideration.
  • Develops and aligns IT security and data privacy/security standards, policies, and practices that:
    1. protect ISBE’s network and data with effective computer/infrastructure/network/hardware/software security controls;
    2. safeguards, secures, and controls access to hardware, software, and personal confidential information stored in ISBE’s systems; and
    3. defines well-designed and well-managed controls for safeguarding, securing, and controlling access to sensitive hard copy data.
  • Promotes and lobbies for adoption and implementation of IT security policies and procedures. 
  • Coordinates audit inquiries regarding IT security policies and practices and reports to IT department management teams.
  • Facilitates meetings regarding IT security.
  • Interprets, documents, plans, and prioritizes data privacy and data security issues to strengthen confidentiality of agency data solutions.
  • Catalogs and maintains data privacy and data security documentation of existing agency systems to align with current policies and procedures. 
  • Performs internal vulnerability assessments.
  • Schedules and coordinates vulnerability/penetration testing with qualified outside entities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • ​Certifications in more than one of the following: CISM, CCNA, CISSP, ENSA, Comptia Security+, CEH, GSEC, or CISA and a minimum of three years of related IT experience.  
  • Three years of IT security experience that includes IT security policy formulation, systems administration, network security, application security/penetration testing, cyber-security, firewall administration, process improvement and implementation. 
  • Familiarity with NIST and AICPA standards and compliance.
  • Skilled in: incident response, intrusion prevention, firewall and network security, event management SIEM, application security.
  • Excellent listening, oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to efficiently manage simultaneous tasks and re-prioritize when necessary.
  • Ability to think logically, interpret problems, present creative solutions with clarity and precision, and deliver results.
  • Ability to work independently, yet quickly assimilate into a team atmosphere to participate on inter-departmental assignments.
  • Ability to translate technical and complex information and instructions into common, user-friendly terms.
  • Capable of quickly adapting to change and various agency demands.
  • Effective problem-solving.
  • Knowledge of patch management methodologies via SCCM, or similar.
  • Chicago applicants must be willing to travel occasionally to the Springfield Office.​
  • ​Degree in Computer Science.
  • Five years relative IT security experience in an environment charged with protection of PII.