VP of Cybersecurity


Chicago IL


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Job ID: EB-1495849822
Category: Technology
Location: Chicago, IL

As the VP of Cybersecurity for the firm, your primary responsibilities will be to develop, optimize, and oversee the cyber risk posture to protect the firm’s reputation. The role reports to Chief Risk Officer as your advocate and partner in various risk management strategies for the firm overall. You proactively engage stakeholders to understand internal and external needs, fulfilling requirements with a focus on measuring and improving our technology protections, monitoring for threats, designing cyber controls, and leading the “red team” and “blue team” aspects of a mature cyber security organization. This may include monthly and quarterly reporting standards, prioritization risk mitigation, evolving and enhancing our technologies, and rationally communicating our cyber risk priorities.


  • Lead the Enterprise Cyber Security Group. Drive the design and execution of the cyber strategy, work in partnership with various key stakeholders (ERM, Compliance, Audit, Legal, Technology, Lines of Businesses, etc.)
  • Serve as the functional leader for cybersecurity, including communicate key issues, risks and progress to governance committees and business executives.
  • Build and Lead the Cyber Security roadmap.
  • Monitor and measure progress and highlight/escalate issues.
  • Build, retain and develop a team of top talent.
  • Design and operate a Cyber Security Operations Center to promptly identify and respond to security issues/anomalies.
  • Execute and maintain response processes to ensure timely response to detected cybersecurity events. Contain and mitigate incidents and newly identified vulnerabilities.
  • Build and run a cyber risk assessment program that includes comprehensive technical assessments of applications and infrastructure, penetration tests and security architecture assessments. Ensure the provision of security subject matter expertise to project teams to ensure early identification of data security requirements. Categorize and prioritize assessment risks for remediation.
  • Design and run a cyber security metrics/reporting program. In addition, produce information security reports as required.
  • Ensure IT information security readiness for regulatory and internal audit examinations. Timely respond to inquiries and ensure suitability and timely execution of corrective action plans.
  • Work closely with the leaders of the business and IT, influence design, ensure the provision of subject matter expertise, and co-own implementation of initiatives.
  • Build strong and effective relationships with key office staff and support initiatives to advance our cyber maturity.
  • Contribute to the Integrated Services for the Senior Management Team and leadership team success by influencing decisions, leading and supporting initiatives.
  • Actively engage with industry associations and develop industry relationships. Stay abreast of evolving threats/risks.
  • Oversee the Enterprise Cyber Security Group’s projects and guide the projects to on-time and on-budget delivery. Ensure transparency of key project risks.
  • Contribute to the evolution of our Security & Risk policies and manage applicable policy exception management processes.
  • Build strong and effective relationships with key Head Office staff and support initiatives to advance cyber security capabilities.
  • Contribute to the leadership team success by influencing decisions, leading, and supporting initiatives.


  • Minimum 10 plus years of experience in IT and Cyber Security functions.
  • Minimum 3 plus years of experience in leading a cyber security practice that encompassed design/build/run organizations.
  • Undergraduate degree. Advanced degree preferred in IT, business, or a relevant field.
  • Relevant certifications in cyber security, compliance, risk management, or privacy are preferred. (CISSP, PMP, CRISC, etc.)

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