• Information Security Governance Specialist

    Job Location CA-MB-Winnipeg | CA-ON-Toronto
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/20/2018 11:03 AM)
    Job ID
    Great West Life
    Job Category
    Information Technology
    Job Type
    Full Time
    Job Industry
    Financial Services and Banking, Insurance
    Career Level
    Posted End Date
  • Job Description


    Who we are:

    Great-West Life is a leading Canadian insurer, focused on improving the financial, physical and mental well-being of Canadians. For more than 125 years, our customers across Canada have trusted us to provide for their financial security needs and deliver on the promises we have made. Together with our subsidiaries London Life and Canada Life, we serve the financial security needs of 13 million people across Canada


    At Great-West Life, we believe in improving the financial, physical and well-being of all Canadians. The foundation of our strategy is placing the customer at the centre of everything we do.  A key element of this strategy is transforming the customer experience.


    This is a senior security role that is accountable for assisting with the design, implementation and management of Security Governance services.    The I.S Governance Specialist develops and maintains the enterprise security awareness strategy, plan and directives and facilitates the collaboration between key stakeholders to identify high-risk areas and cyber topics/ themes for the program. This role is also responsible for supporting the development and maintenance of enterprise security frameworks and standards, supporting compliance assessments and initiatives, assisting business and technical teams with the development of remediation plans to manage risks and reporting on security risks and trends to senior management and key stakeholders.  


    What you'll do:

    • Oversight and maintains enterprise security awareness strategy, plan and directives.
    • Facilitates the collaboration between key stakeholders to identify high-risk areas and cyber topics/ themes for the upcoming year.
    • Develops annual campaign templates that includes a combination of assessments, mandatory and discretionary training.
    • Supports testing of standards and controls working with risk management, compliance departments and the areas operating the controls.
    • Monitors changes in cyber security trends, best practices, industry’s standard frameworks, regulatory compliance requirements and provides recommendations for enhancements to policies and standards.
    • Supports regulatory and compliance assessments and evaluations.
    • Ensures changes within the environment are assessed through delivering comprehensive threat-risk, privacy impact, business impact and architecture alignment assessments to compare baseline with new security posture.


    Who you are:

    • You have a high degree of initiative, dependability and ability to work with a diverse workforce
    • You have 5-7 years of experience of in the financial services industry or in a large organization.
    • 5-7 years of experience within the area of information security, risk, compliance and/or governance.
    • A degree, preferably computer science related, or a combination of education and related experience.
    • Professional Designation in IT compliance or Security such as Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) or Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP) would be an asset
    • In-depth understanding of information technology security governance, assessments and best practices across the industry.
    • Demonstrated ability to link high level policies and direction into actionable operational standards and directions.
    • Critical thinker with strong problem-solving skills.
    • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
    • Experience in the fields of IT auditing and risk management an asset
    • Previous experience using GRC tools
    • Facilitates and influence discussions with Senior Leaders in IT, Enterprise Risk, etc.
    • Ability to multi-task and change direction/priorities quickly

    What you’ll like about working here:

    We offer a challenging, team-oriented work environment, competitive income and benefits, and opportunities for professional and personal development and growth.  We provide a total rewards package that is competitive and consistent with our core values. Our variable incentive and compensation programs support our performance culture by rewarding our high achieving teams and individuals. Our health and dental benefits are flexible and comprehensive to suit a variety of needs.

    We also offer an employee pension plan, a share purchase plan, group RRSPs, discounted home and auto insurance and preferential rates for home mortgages.




    Discover your opportunity….Apply today!


    Great-West Life offers competitive compensation, great benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, wellness account and personal days not to mention onsite cafeteria and fitness facilities.  If you’d like to join our team submit your information online and introduce yourself.


    Together Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life serve the financial security needs of more than 13 million people across Canada, with additional operations in Europe and the United States. As members of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies, we’re one of Canada’s leading insurers with interests in life insurance, health insurance, investment and retirement savings. We offer a broad portfolio of financial and benefit plan solutions for individuals, families, businesses and organizations.


    We are committed to providing an inclusive, accessible environment, where all employees and customers feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live, and to creating an environment where every employee has the opportunity to reach their potential.



    Great-West Lifeco would like to thank all applicants, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.


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