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Industrial Control System Security Specialist 

Non-Union Position
IS Security & Analytics; PortlandOregon (US-OR)  
Regular FT 
Posting # 158  


The Role:

As an IT Security Specialist 2 or 3 (Industrial Control System), you’d be a member of the Security Operations Team and collaborate with our teams at plants and in control rooms as we enhance an industrial control system security program. Your responsibilities would include people, process, and technology. You would understand security in the context of operation priorities / constraints by working closely with Operations staff and translate between operations staff and security team members. 

This is a key role in a technology organization maturing its processes and modernizing its technology. To be successful, this role will partner with operations to achieve their goals, not focusing exclusively on security but balancing operational and security needs. This position will be based at our office in downtown Portland, but you'll also travel to our storage facilities in western Oregon. 

Day to Day:

Security Consulting
You (with support from the security team and operations teams) would develop and lead our industrial control system security program:

  • Collaborate on projects to ensure that security issues are addressed throughout the project lifecycle
  • Provide ad hoc consulting on tactical security topics
  • Research, evaluate, design, test, recommend, and plan new or updated security technologies 
  • Take operations requirements into account when considering security measures.


Vulnerability Management

  • Assess and track vulnerabilities in our industrial control systems 


Security Awareness and Training

  • Partner with operations staff to improve their understanding of the risks associated with security threats to industrial control systems
  • Partner with security staff to improve their understanding of the risks associated with security threats to industrial control systems


Security Monitoring

  • Review alerts from security monitoring tools (including alerts generated from non-industrial control systems)
  • Research and assess new threats and vulnerabilities


Incident Response

  • Respond to security incidents including leading the response for smaller incidents
  • Liaise between incident response leads and subject matter experts
  • While the security monitoring and incident response responsibilities mean that there is an afterhours component to this role, typically it is less than one hour per week.
Come on your first day with:

Educational Qualifications

  • Minimum of six years' industrial control systems, IT, or information security experience, additional years’ experience required for level 3.  
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent additional work experience
  • ITIL Foundations certified or successful completion within 90 days of starting
  • Valid driver's license with evidence of a safe driving record is required


Technical Competency

  • Experience with manufacturing IT, operational technologies, or industrial control system environments preferred
  • Understanding of common network protocols
  • Ability to communicate security concepts and situations to audiences with varying levels of familiarity with these concepts 
  • Interest in security critical infrastructure systems composed of PLCs, DCS’, SIS’, HMIs and SCADA systems


Occupational Personality

  • You’ll interact with NW Natural's personnel at various levels and across business units to understand business imperatives.
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills will be key to your success. Excellent written and verbal communication skills will help you succeed. Leadership abilities with the capability to direct other technical staff on security initiatives and guide team members 
  • You’ll get to work with minimal supervision. Strong analytical skills to analyze security requirements and relate them to appropriate security controls.
  • Your ability to manage expectations appropriately will help and build long-term relationships.
  • You’ll remain current with industry trends and evolving threats.

What we offer:

  • Arguably the most competitive healthcare and wellness benefits in the Pacific Northwest 
  • Meaningful Annual Incentive Bonus Opportunity in addition to base salary
  • 401(k) with generous match and additional 5% employer contribution  
  • Company provided Trimet or C-Tran passes/Bike storage for cyclists
  • Green Team / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council / Safety Team / Women’s Network
  • Numerous volunteer and community engagement opportunities
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan with a 15% discount
  • 20% Employee discount on Natural Gas
  • 7 Paid Holidays and up to 3 floating holidays to add an extra paid day off to Holidays Observed by NW Natural
  • Flexible work schedule opportunities


Base salary range:

$83,250.00 to $146,300.00 per year, depending on qualifications


Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application including cover letter and resume via our website.


Deadline: March 27, 2020


All applications must be submitted through NW Natural’s Electronic Application System. Resumes submitted via email, fax or mail will not be accepted in lieu of an electronic application.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or any federal, state or locally protected class.


We are a drug free workplace and we comply with Federal Drug Free Workplace Act and Department of Transportation regulations. Pre-employment drug tests are part of the hiring process and apply to all positions.


NW Natural does not accept unsolicited submissions or assistance from search firms for posted positions. Resumes submitted by search firms working under a valid and current written contract with NW Natural valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from NW Natural HR/Employment will be deemed the sole property of NW Natural. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by NW Natural as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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