The Information Security Analyst is part of, and provides valuable support to the other members of, the Grinnell College Information Security Team. In particular, the Analyst monitors the College’s security assets for vulnerabilities or potential incidents, developing standards and procedures and creating use cases as part of the established incident response process. Assisting with the evaluation and remediation of day-to-day alerts from key security tools, the Analyst reviews daily threat intelligence and manages and monitors Security Information and Event Monitoring (SIEM) platforms.
Responsible for developing and maintaining baseline configuration standards, the Analyst also evaluates proposed changes from a security perspective and has an active role in the development and maintenance of controls related to operational risk management for the Grinnell College systems security plan. This includes curating metrics that support and inform the information security program.
Working alongside the Senior Information Security Analyst, the incumbent assesses potential risks prior to the deployment of campus technologies and schedules and analyzes campus-wide vulnerability management scans.
The Information Security Team
Information security is a high priority area for the college. After a review of current and best practices, an information security team was created under the leadership of an experienced Director of Information Security. This, now expanded, team assumes responsibility for proactive as well as reactive security services and expertise, and plays a key role in compliance-related activities and data quality and management throughout the campus.
Both the Information Security team and Information Technology Services leadership are committed to developing their staff and look forward to providing opportunities for professional certification and other relevant development experiences.
Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services (ITS) oversees the majority of technology, audio-visual, and telephone services for Grinnell College, and provides service and strategic support through its functional teams: Enterprise Systems; Information Security; Network Services; User Services; and Core ITS Services. ITS has a professional staff of about 40 and has benefitted from significant strategic investment by the College in recent years. The College’s senior leadership team have recognized the benefits of a stronger technology presence on campus and in our remote working locations and worked hard to create and promote a collaborative culture at Grinnell College.
The ITS organization comprises a dedicated and talented staff committed to supporting the mission of Grinnell College and who exemplify the College’s position as a learning liberal arts college. As such, professional development is a crucial component to the department’s philosophy, which is demonstrated both financially and by the mentor-style approach to management that the ITS leadership employs.
Those who thrive in Grinnell College’s ITS organization are professionals with a positive approach and attitude who are motivated to deliver practical results and ultimately meaningful learning outcomes. Team players, yet able to work under their own initiative, they are flexible to changing requirements, are well organized, and good troubleshooters. Embracing and valuing diversity, they are instinctively inclusive and collaborative, help others around them, and are not afraid to offer or receive constructive criticism. Clear and accurate written and verbal communication skills are essential, as is a demonstrated customer service orientation.