Associate Director, Information Security

Avanir Pharmaceuticals Aliso Viejo, CA

This position has been filled.

Avanir Pharmaceuticals has retained Kirby Partners to conduct a nationwide executive search for their Associate Director, Information Security position.
Avanir Pharmaceuticals is a global pharmaceutical company committed to delivering central nervous system (CNS) solutions. Avanir Pharmaceutical has two main products used for treatments of CNS disorders:
  • NUEDEXTA is the first and only FDA approved treatment for PseudoBulbar Affect (PBA), a medical condition that causes involuntary, sudden, and frequent episodes of crying and/or laughing in people living with certain neurologic conditions or brain injury.
  • ONZETRA® Xsail® is the first intranasal medication delivery system for the acute treatment of adult migraines.
Associate Director, Information Security Position Overview:
The Associate Director, Information Security is responsible for the overall design, execution and day-to-day management of Avanir’s information security capabilities in alignment with appropriate global information security standards. As the architect and thought leader in developing a comprehensive, risk-based information security strategy and roadmap, drive the maturity of Avanir’s people, processes and tools to support and enhance this critical business capability.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Engineering or related technical or business field
  • 14+ years of related experience in an Information Technology role; 7+ years’ experience serving in a management and leadership role within an Information Security function (IT Security, IT Audit, etc.) or a similar consulting organization is required
  • Strong technical skills relevant to Information Security such as secure coding standards, ethical hacking techniques, IDS/IPS, and SEIM
  • Working knowledge of information security technologies, markets and vendors including firewall, intrusion detection, assessment and monitoring tools, encryption, certificate authority, and cloud identity management
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications and common web applications
  • Familiarity with global Information Security industry standards/best practices and relevant regulations (e.g., PCI DSS, HIPAA, GDPR, NIST, ISO, CobiT, ISF) CISSP, CISM, CISA, GCIH, CEH or other related information security certifications preferred
  • Core competencies for this role include: Adapt to Change – demonstrate Organizational Awareness, Self-Awareness, Proactivity and Learning Agility, Work Collaboratively – embody Teamwork, Influence without authority, and demonstrate Technical Expertise, Apply Judgment – effectively leverage Prioritization, Problem Solving and Decision Making skills to achieve superior results
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