Information Security Specialist

Gowling WLG
17 Feb 2019
22 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About Gowling WLG

We have more than 1,400 legal professionals working around the world. Our offices span across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There's strength in our global presence - we embrace our differing cultures and work together as one team. We also understand the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, while we provide legal advice that's tailored to our clients' world.

Main Purpose of the Job

This is a dynamic role combining security solution design, implementation, assurance and review activities with standards, policy and procedure development.

Strong analytical, information security and application security skills are required along with a technical understanding of the practical application of information security controls within legal services firms.

Key skills and experience

Required skills:

  • At least one of CISM, CISSP, CIPP (or other similar certification)
  • Degree level education or equivalent experience
  • Experience of people management
  • Knowledge of network protocols, network hardware, web technologies and hacking techniques
  • Experience managing identity and access management
  • Working knowledge of security systems and appliances (Cisco, proxies, endpoint controls, IDS/IPS, DLP, SIEM, vulnerability assessment tools, etc.)
  • Demonstrated technical understanding of IT infrastructure, applications, data storage and design concepts
  • Demonstrated technical understanding of cloud services architecture and multi-tenant connectivity solutions
  • Excellent customer facing, presentation, interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to share expertise with others
  • Experience of working in technical and complex change programs
  • Ability to set and manage priorities judiciously
  • Exceptionally self-motivated, directed and detail-oriented
  • Superior analytical, evaluative and problem-solving abilities
  • Able to adapt to changing circumstances effectively
  • Ideally a graduate qualified in computer science/information systems/related fields and/or
  • Three or more years of IT and Business User experience, with sensitivity and commitment to business problem solving - ideally experience of working with a range of technologies (including Microsoft) within business/operations areas of the legal profession or other professional services, with a global component
  • A minimum of two years of demonstrated competency in a subject matter expert role involving maintaining and improving existing IT/Information systems, solutions and services along with the successful execution of multiple projects for new systems, solutions and services including
    • strong knowledge of subject matter concepts, patterns and practices
    • in-depth knowledge of subject matter and its future direction
    • enterprise IT support experience (ideally on a large scale)
    • coordinating testing efforts to identify and resolve any system integration issues
    • ideally experience of Agile or iterative development methodologies (such as DevOps)
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
    • preparing proposals that are acceptable to the technical and business areas
    • ability to provide reliable work estimates
  • Excellent understanding of current and emerging technologies and how other enterprises are employing them to drive digital business - with a focus on end-user needs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate technical concepts to non-technical people at all levels
    • comfortable dealing with key customer decision makers such as IT Directors, project managers and business staff
    • strong technical writing ability
    • ability to assist with delivering consultancy and technical advice
  • Strong analytical, diagnostic and problem-solving skills with the ability to absorb new information quickly
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced, ambiguous, and evolving marketplace
  • Methodical with excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to various internal and external situations and deliver high quality service
  • Team player, providing support to colleagues and managers and working with teams across the firm
  • Flexible approach with a customer and business focus
  • Experience of working within a matrix organisation, including reporting into a number of people including technical line managers and project managers
  • Evidence demonstrating ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure of deadlines including expertise in prioritising competing workloads

Equal Opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work. Our aim is to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.

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