QUESTION: We are considering creating a position to manage information security and possibly business recovery. I'm looking for some guidance on what the level of this position should be, and who it would report to. Should it report to IT? Should it be independent? Should it be a senior level position?
ANSWER: With the continued importance of information security and customer privacy, the creation of a senior level position for managing an information security and disaster recovery program will likely become more common in the banking industry.
The following job description can be adapted to suit your institution's needs.
Information Security Manager Job Description
Reports to: Chief Information Officer, or Senior Executive
General Purpose: The Information Security manager serves as the process owner for all ongoing activities that serve to provide appropriate access to and protect the confidentiality and integrity of customer, employee, and business information in compliance with organization policies and standards.
Serves as an internal information security consultant to the organization
Documents security policies and procedures created by the Information Security Committee
Provides direct training and oversight to all employees, affiliate marketing partners, alliances, or other third parties, ensuring proper information security clearance in accordance with established organizational information security policies and procedures
Initiates, facilitates, and promotes activities to create information security awareness within the organization
Perform information security risk assessments and serves as an internal auditor for security issues
Implements information security policies and procedures for the organization
Reviews all system-related security plans throughout the organization's network, acting as a liaison to Information Systems
Monitors compliance with information security policies and procedures, referring problems to the appropriate department manager
Coordinates the activities of the Information Security Committee
Advises the organization with current information about information security technologies and related regulatory issues
Monitors the internal control systems to ensure that appropriate access levels are maintained
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