Cybersecurity Officer (Deputy CISO and State Cybersecurity Coordinator

Job Title
Cybersecurity Officer (Deputy CISO and State Cybersecurity Coordinator)
Job Number




Open Until Filled



Military Occupation Specialty Code:        

Army 17C, 25B; Coast Guard CYB10-12, Marine Corps 8055, Air Force 3D0X2



Number of Vacancies:



Office of the Chief Information Security Officer

Salary Range:

$8469.17 - $10,833.33



Hours Worked Weekly:     





Frequent travel

Agency Address: 

300 W. 15th, #1300, Austin Texas 78701

Web site:

Refer Inquiries to:              

Human Resources


(512) 463-5920 or (512) 475-4612


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Candidates will be notified for appointments as determined by the selection committee.


Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25 years, to provide proof of their Selective Service registration or proof of their exemption from the requirement as a condition of state employment.


The Department of Information Resources does not exclude anyone from consideration for recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention, or any other personnel action, or deny any benefits or participation in programs or activities, which it sponsors on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability.  Please call 512-463-5920 to request reasonable accommodations.


The Texas Department of Information Resources is the state agency charged with protecting the state’s data and critical technology infrastructure, managing a multi-million-dollar cooperative contracts program, and providing strategic technology leadership, solutions, and innovation to all levels of the Texas government.  DIR is a fast-paced and collaborative environment with highly motivated and engaged employees dedicated to achieving the best value for the state.

The State Cybersecurity Coordinator reports to the Texas Chief Information Security Officer.  The individual in this role will perform highly advanced (senior-level) managerial work promoting and facilitating improved cybersecurity capabilities of Texas-based non-state governmental organizations, K through 12, commercial organizations, non-profit organizations, and citizens. Work involves establishing goals and objectives; developing guidelines, procedures, and policies; developing schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving established goals; promotion and engagement activities where appropriate; developing and evaluating budget requests, and monitoring budget expenditures.  May plan, assign, and supervise the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


This position relies on grant funding that is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds as well as the outcome of the annual application review conducted by the Office of the Governor.  This position is not a temporary or contracted position.


The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience and aptitude for performing the following functions:

  • Establish the appropriate governance for oversight, development, and implementation of information security strategies, policies, and procedures for statewide dissemination, excluding state agencies and institutions of higher education. Coordinate and align activities with the office of the State Chief Information Security Officer. 
  • Research security trends, security technology, best practices, regulations, and legislation to provide guidance to non-state agency organizations based in Texas.
  • Develop statewide plans, standards, and guidelines to educate non-state agency organizations on new cybersecurity technology issues and trends. Responsible for implementing a Texas Information Security and Analysis Organization in conjunction with guidance provided by the Cyber Security Council. Fulfill duties as the Chairperson for the Texas Cyber Security Council.
  • Represent, coordinate, and facilitate non-state agency participation in a statewide Information Sharing and Analysis Organization, and coordinates that participation with the State Chief Information Officer. 
  • Support the statewide security awareness and education program in the delivery of effective training and awareness offerings. Promote cybersecurity training and awareness to non-state agencies.  
  • Monitor and analyze the potential impact of proposed federal, state, and industry security and privacy-related policy, legislation and standards, and drafts. Prepare reports and assist in the preparation of responses to Legislative requests.
  • Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of staff; ensures the development of staff through training opportunities; assesses and conducts timely staff performance appraisals in accordance with the agency’s performance appraisal system.
  • May serve as the state Chief Information Security Officer in his or her absence.


  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in cybersecurity, information technology, or a related field.
  • Additional work-related experience may substitute for a degree on a year-for-year basis.
  • High School diploma required


  • Six (6) years of senior-level experience in an information security program and IT risk management including security risk assessment, information privacy protection, security training and awareness, and security policy and standards.
  • Two (2) years of technical-level experience in one or more of the following: threat and vulnerability management; host and network security technologies; network security audit and analysis; incident response and event management; application and web security technologies.
  • Public speaking experience addressing audience sizes ranging from ten (10) to seven hundred and fifty (750).


  • Prior experience in public testimony at the state or local level.
  • CISSP or CISM certification.
  • Experience with state and federal information technology and cybersecurity regulatory issues.
  • Experience with ISO/IEC 27001/2, PCI-DSS, COBIT, HIPAA, NIST, and ITIL standards.
  • Experience with Texas Administrative Code § 202.
  • Experience working directly with outsourced IT service delivery organizations.
  • Business development experience in the following areas: marketing, administration, organizational management, business plan development, and customer strategies.


  • Knowledge of information security management, IT security controls, and information protections as applied to enterprise organizations.
  • Knowledge of Texas State government and related legislative and budget processes.
  • Knowledge of security metrics, benchmarking activities and expectations, and security infrastructure management and operational monitoring processes.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and initiatives.
  • Ability to prepare technical issues papers and research reports, and effectively deliver oral presentations and written reports to IT and non-IT management.
  • Ability to travel frequently around Texas as necessary to support goals and objectives.
  • Ability to comply with all agency policies and applicable laws.
  • Ability to comply with all applicable safety rules, regulations, and standards.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet required deadlines.
  • Ability to motivate and influence organizations.
  • Ability to work under pressure and exacting schedules to complete assigned tasks.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships at all organizational levels, including management, co-workers, internal and external customers.
  • Ability to understand, follow and convey brief oral and/or written instructions.
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing, in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to support and contribute to a cohesive team environment.


  • Proficiency in the use of a personal computer and applicable software necessary to perform work assignments e.g., word processing, spreadsheets (Microsoft Office preferred).


  • Regular and punctual attendance at the workplace.
  • Criminal background check.


  • Frequent use of a personal computer, copiers, printers, and telephones.
  • Frequent work under stress, as a team member, and in direct contact with others.
  • Frequent standing, walking, sitting, listening, and talking.
  • Occasional bending and stooping.
  • Occasional lifting and climbing.

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