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Job ID : 1168141 Date Updated : January 25th, 2022
International work environment @ Okinawa

Chief Information Security Officer

Hiring Company 沖縄科学技術大学院大学(OIST)/ Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology G
Location Okinawa Prefecture
Job Type Contract
Salary 12 million yen ~ Negotiable, based on experience

Job Description


The CISO serves a key role in university leadership, working closely with senior administration, research executives, and the OIST community. The CISO is an advocate for the university's overall information security needs and is responsible for the development and delivery of a comprehensive information security strategy to optimize the security posture of the university.

The CISO leads the development and implementation of a security program that leverages collaborations and OIST-wide resources, facilitates information security governance, advises executives on security direction and resource investments, and designs appropriate policies to manage information security risk.

The complexity of this position requires a leadership approach that is engaging, imaginative, and collaborative, with a sophisticated ability to work with other stakeholders to set the best balance between security strategies and other priorities at OIST.


The primary responsibilities of this role are:

  • Accountable for the strategic leadership of the University's information security program.
  • Work with executives and stakeholders to oversee the formation and operations of a university-wide information security organization that is organized toward a common goal in information security.
  • Lead information security planning processes to establish an inclusive and comprehensive information security program for all OIST information assets, including personal information and all other critical OIST information assets.
  • Lead the development and implementation of effective and reasonable policies and practices to secure protected and sensitive data and ensure information security and compliance with relevant legislation and legal interpretation.
  • Lead efforts to risk assessment and make recommendations to stakeholders regarding the adequacy of the security controls for the University's information asset and privacy protection.
  • Make recommendation and audit business continuity planning related to information technology and security
  • Develop education and awareness programs and advise administrative division and research units at all levels on security issues, best practices, and vulnerabilities as necessary.
  • Keep abreast of security incidents and act as primary control point during significant information security incidents and report to the President as appropriate.  Convene a Security Incident Response Taskforce as needed, or requested, in addressing and investigating security incidences that arise.
  • Coordinate and track all information technology and security related audits including scope of audits, timelines, auditing agencies and outcomes. Work with auditors as appropriate to keep audit focus in scope, maintain appropriate relationships with audit entities and provide a consistent perspective.
  • Examine impacts of new technologies on the university's overall information security. Establish processes to review implementation of new technologies to ensure security compliance.
  • Ensure information, application and service security by developing, testing, communicating and maintaining security services, including;
    • penetration testing
    • vulnerability scanning and mitigation
    • forensics
    • event and incident response plans
    • related security services
  • Function as an internal consulting resource regarding information security, working across the university at all levels and with vendors to build trust and ensure that systems and services developed or upgraded conform to security requirements.
  • Manage the Information Security Section to ensure that OIST information security is fostered, monitored and issues addressed in day to day operation.
  • Mentor the Information Security Section members and implement professional development plans for all members of the section.

General Requirements

Minimum Experience Level Over 6 years
Career Level Executive
Minimum English Level Business Level (Amount Used: English usage about 75%)
Minimum Japanese Level Business Level
Minimum Education Level Bachelor's Degree
Visa Status No permission to work in Japan required

Required Skills



  1. Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or equivalent experience
  2. CISSP, CISM or equivalent certification
  3. At least 7 years of management or team leadership experience
  4. At least 10 years of experience in the information security management for your own organization
  5. Knowledge of common information security management frameworks, such as ISO/IEC 27001, and NIST
  6. Knowledge of personal information regulation, such as Japanese Personal Information Protection Law and GDPR
  7. Hands-on technical experience with SIEM or log management system
  8. Hands-on experience with security incidents and data forensics
  9. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  10. Knowledge and experience in maintaining operational computer and network security, firewall administration, virus protection, intrusion detection and prevention, identity and access management, application security, automated security patching, and vulnerability scanning systems
  11. Ability to cooperatively and effectively work with stakeholder from all organizational levels and build consensus through negotiation and discussion
  12. Proven project management skills
  13. Experience administering information security programs including risk assessments and forensic research, designing security architectures, developing policies, gathering metrics, and reporting status as well as knowledge of information systems technology, products, services
  14. At least business level Japanese (JLPT N2 or above)
  15. At least business level English (TOEIC 750 or above)


  1. Professional experience with information security in education environments preferred

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30(Discretionary)

Compensation & Benefits 

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations

Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
Annual paid leave and summer holidays
Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid )
Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
Worker's accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

Submission Documents 

1) Curriculum vitae in English, including response to requirements for Responsibilities and Qualifications.

2) Cover letter in English.

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.
* Up to 3 references may be requested during the final interview stage.
* Prior to the start of employment all new hires are required to successfully complete a background check. Personal information including employment history and academic background should be submitted to third-party administrators after a conditional offer of employment.

How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE (*.
*This is a secure file uploading system for handling confidential materials.

or apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:
(Please replace [at] with @ before using this email address)

or send by post to the following address:
HR Recruiting Section
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1, Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled. (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


  • OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. The University strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.
  • Information provided by applicants or references will be kept confidential, documents will not be returned. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications.
  • Please view OIST policy for rules on external professional activities
  • Further details about the University can be viewed on the OIST website

Job Location

  • Okinawa Prefecture

Work Conditions

Job Type Contract
Salary 12 million yen ~ Negotiable, based on experience
Work Hours 09:00~17:30(裁量制)
Holidays 年次有給休暇、夏季休暇
Job Division IT Division
Hiring Company Information

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

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Company Details

Company Type Large Company (more than 300 employees)
Non-Japanese Ratio Majority Non-Japanese

Company Description



沖縄科学技術大学院( を参照)は、沖縄県にある、革新的モデルを目指す科学技術に特化した大学院大学です。本学は、85ヘクタールの敷地に広がる大自然の中に設立され、美しい海岸とサンゴ礁を見下ろす場所に位置します。キャンパスは建築学的観点から見ても印象的なこだわりが施され、その自然の中にある大学施設を際立たせています。学部の壁を作らないことで、学際的な研究成果を生み出せる環境を提供し、また学内の誰もが、最高水準のリソースへのアクセスと研究機器の利用が可能で、共同研究に生かせるような仕組みを整えています。学内では英語を公用語とし、50ヵ国以上から集まる研究者コミュニティは真の国際性を保持しています。OISTは、教育および研究における卓越したモデルとして、世界の学術界からの認知度が急速に高まっています。