Founded in 1957, California State University, Fullerton is a leading campus of the California State University system, serving as an intellectual and cultural center for Southern California and a driver of workforce and economic development. The California State University (CSU) is the largest four-year university system in the United States, with 23 campuses, 53,000 faculty and staff, and 482,000 students. The mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research, and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 125,000 degrees; one in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU.
Cal State Fullerton is strongly committed to achieving excellence through diversity and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Eligible Institution. CSUF is number one in California for conferring baccalaureate degrees to both women and Hispanics; number two in the nation for graduating underrepresented students; and with more than 80,000 applications every fall, a first-choice institution known for its national rankings in both academic rigor and lowest net cost. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work, and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. CSUF is also the number one destination for community college transfer students among all California public universities for 18 of the past 21 years.
Central to the success of CSUF is the quality and dedication of its more than 4,100 full- and part- time faculty and staff members. In the fall of 2019, CSUF employed 831 tenured and tenure-track faculty members and 1,281 lecturers across Cal State Fullerton’s eight colleges, which are home to 110 instructional programs, 56 undergraduate and 54 graduate, including two doctoral programs, along with numerous credential and certificate programs. Faculty members were awarded more than $27.4 million in grants and contracts for research and scholarly activities in 2018-19. Research and creative activities are enhanced by the proximity of the campus to nationally recognized business, cultural, and educational institutions.
The campus launched its new strategic plan in 2018. The ambitious goals put forth in the plan and the collective moxie to achieve them also gave rise to three powerful words that have since become the spirit by which faculty, staff, students, and alumni work, study, and play: Titans Reach Higher. That theme – and the diverse campus community that make it a reality – is the driving force for the current five-year Strategic Plan (2018-2023), which is focused on the following goals:
- Providing a transformative educational experience and environment for all students
- Strengthening opportunities for student completion and graduation
- Recruiting and retaining a high-quality and diverse faculty and staff
- Expanding and strengthening our financial and physical capacity
The operating budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019 was $436.8 million. The University’s first-ever comprehensive philanthropy campaign, “It Takes a Titan: The Campaign for Cal State Fullerton” is underway. The five-year, $200 million initiative prioritizes investing in projects that enhance academic innovation, empower students, transform campus structures, and enrich the community. Cal State Fullerton recorded more than $28 million in gifts for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, a record for Titans. Alumni giving nearly doubled from last year and individual giving is the highest it has been in a decade. The CSUF endowment has grown by more than $27 million over the last six years to over $61 million.
President Framroze “Fram” Virjee has led Cal State Fullerton since January 2018. Previously, he served as the executive vice chancellor and general counsel for the California State University Chancellor’s Office and all 23 campuses of the CSU system, and was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers, one of the largest law firms in the nation. President Virjee received a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
California State University, Fullerton (Cal State Fullerton or CSUF) seeks an inaugural Information Security Architect to serve its campus in security operations and information security planning and architecture. In initiating this role, the Information Security Architect (ISA) will work with the Information Security Officer and other colleagues in the Information Technology department as a thoughtful leader assessing and evaluating security risks and driving solutions implementation. The ISA will join a deeply collaborative and diverse division, and be a collaborative advisor and educator across campus. The ISA will identify potential issues and mitigation options, working in partnership with teams across the institution to provide a secure environment and guidance on necessary security measures.
Cal State Fullerton is the largest campus in the California State University system. Standing on 241 acres in the heart of Southern California, Cal State Fullerton is a large, comprehensive, urban university with more than 41,000 students and 4,127 full- and part-time faculty and staff members. The University combines the best qualities of teaching and research universities, with actively engaged students, faculty, and staff working in close collaboration to expand knowledge. In fall of 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked CSUF fourth among regional public universities in the West. In addition, Cal State Fullerton is number one in the CSU and number one in California among public universities in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded.
A list of the essential and preferred qualifications for the ISA can be found at the conclusion of this document, which was prepared by the search committee with the assistance of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to provide background information and detail the key opportunities and challenges related to the position. All confidential applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed to the parties listed at the conclusion of this document.
About the Division of Information Technology:
The Division of Information Technology plays a significant role at Cal State Fullerton. Employees understand the challenges that face CSUF’s faculty, staff, and students and continuously strive to produce a higher quality of services designed to meet the expectations of the campus community. It has partnered with other divisions to fully integrate technology into regular campus operations and to ensure that the services, equipment, and software applications we provide are custom to needs of each area.
The Division of Information Technology strives to be a strategic, innovative and best‐in‐class IT organization that provides a leading‐edge technology environment for students, faculty and staff to advance the University’s mission, vision and goals. It empowers CSUF’s students to become digital citizens and to utilize immersive technology in curricular and co-curricular instruction. The Division seeks to advance the vision and goals of the University by contributing to educational innovation and providing agile, cost‐effective, and reliable technology services and facilities to our campus community.
Details of the IT Strategic Plan 2019-2023, developed through consultative engagement with the campus community and aligned with the University’s strategic plan, can be found here: https://www.fullerton.edu/it_planning/
The Division of IT is dedicated to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), and has set forth diversity goals, which are constantly monitored and evaluated, to improve practices in managing DEI.
Dr. Amir Dabirian – a graduate of CSUF – has been the Vice President for the Division of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for the University since 2008, overseeing all enterprise services of IT in support of the University’s mission and strategic plan.
This position reports directly to the Information Security Officer, who reports to Berhanu Tadesse, Associate Vice President for Information Technology/Academic Technology Services. At CSU Fullerton his responsibilities include audio visual project management and audio visual technology support; college support services, classroom technology support and oversight of the information security office. Through collaborative efforts with different campus constituents, he has led the telephone systems upgrade, the institution of Digital Print Services in the library, the Data Center power and cooling upgrade, server and storage infrastructure upgrades, campus wired and wireless network infrastructure upgrade, the consolidation of servers into the campus Data Center, and the disaster recovery site setup for critical IT services at CSU Sacramento. These initiatives have resulted in improved availability of the mission critical services to the campus community. Prior to joining CSU Fullerton, he served as the Director of Infrastructure Services at the CSU Chancellor’s Office. He came to the CSU after several years of technical management and leadership roles in private industry.
Role of the Information Security Architect:
Reporting to the Information Security Officer, the Information Security Architect will work to provide secure University information systems by performing, planning and assessment coordination, and other high-level technical responsibilities. The ISA will collaborate with University stakeholders, to enhance University security. They will review the current system security measures by recommending and implementing enhancements, and conduct regular system tests and ensuring continuous monitoring of information security. The ISA will establish disaster recovery procedures and conduct breach of security drills.
Working with the ISO, the ISA will provide guidance and lead support of ongoing CSU University relationships and projects having an information security component. The ISA will assure compliance with industry regulations through careful analysis and monitoring of systems of security tools and SIEM (system information and event management) systems, devise recommendations, and advise the Information Security Officer on any measures to enhance and maintain University information systems security. The ISA will Provide guidance, perform technical analysis and remediation procedures dealing with the collection processing, preservation, and analysis of computer-related evidence. They will enhance security team accomplishments and competence by planning delivery of solutions; answering technical and procedural questions for less experienced team members; teaching improved processes; and mentoring team members. The ISA will cultivate a culture of security awareness, and arrange continuing education of University stakeholders to ensure security policies are adhered to at all times, as well as other duties as assigned.
The ISA is expected to split their time among security operations (55%), information security planning and architecture (35%), and other duties as assigned (10%).
Key Opportunities and Challenges for the ISA:
The ISA will build upon the Division’s strengths, mission, and vision to support heightened services now and in the future. In doing so, the ISA will address the following opportunities and challenges:
- Help identify measures and tools for regulatory compliance with PCI, HIPAA, FERPA.
- Maintain security by monitoring and ensuring compliance to standards, policies, and procedures; conducting incident response analyses; developing and conducting training programs.
- Enhance security team accomplishments and competence by planning delivery of solutions; answering technical and procedural questions for less experienced team members; teaching improved processes; mentoring team members.
- Prepare system security reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and trends.
- Update job knowledge by tracking and understanding emerging security practices and standards; participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
- Determine security requirements by evaluating business strategies and requirements; researching information security standards; conducting system security and vulnerability analysis and risk assessments; studying architecture/platform; identifying integration issues; preparing cost estimates.
- Prepare preventive and reactive measures; create, transmit, and maintain keys; provide technical support; complete documentation.
- Verify security systems by developing and implementing test scripts.
Information Security Planning and Architecture:
- In collaboration with University and IT stakeholders:
- Plan security systems by evaluating network and security technologies; develop requirements for local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), virtual private networks (VPNs), routers, firewalls, and related security and network devices.
- Design a comprehensive University information systems architecture, adhering to industry standards as well as CSU policies and standards.
- Ensure IT systems remain in a secure, compliant and hardened state.
- Monitor and upgrade security systems environment; identify security gaps; evaluate and implement enhancements.
- Enhance department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; explore opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
- Develop specifications, future requirements, and solutions for security equipment, software, and procedures necessary for data security.
- Implement security systems by specifying intrusion detection methodologies and equipment; direct equipment and software installation and calibration.
- Develop project timelines for ongoing system upgrades.
California State University, Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.
The scope of responsibilities for this position includes the making or participating in the making of decisions that may have a material financial benefit on the incumbent. Therefore, you will be required to file an initial “Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interests” within thirty (30) days from date of hire and on an annual basis; and complete the CSU sponsored ethics on-line training within thirty (30) days of appointment, and at least once during each consecutive period of two calendar years following the appointment.
The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.
If you are applying for a staff position, please note that you are not eligible to work concurrently in a staff position and an Academic Student position such as Graduate Assistant, Teaching Associate, Instructional Student Assistant or a Student Assistant position.
Regular attendance is considered an essential job function.
Employee/applicant who submits an application for a position may be required to successfully complete job related performance test(s) as part of the selection process.
Online application/resume must be received by electronic submission on the final filing date by 9:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)/midnight (Eastern Standard Time). Applicants who fail to complete all sections of the online application form will be disqualified from consideration.
California State University, Fullerton is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (i.e. H1-B Visas).
Applications, Inquiries, and Nominations
Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, applications, nominations, and referrals should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: www.imsearch.com/7846. Complete applications will include a resume, cover letter, and diversity statement that demonstrates your past and present contributions to, and future aspirations for, promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your professional career. The purpose of the diversity statement is to help identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas.
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California State University Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.