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Information Security Manager

Location:Huntington Beach, CA
Level:Full Time
Category: Information Technology


Position Purpose: This position will be responsible to perform a variety of Information Security responsibilities across Ascensus and as the primary resource for Ascensus Retirement TPA (Third Party Administrator) acquisitions. The individual hired for this position requires a passion for data protection, solid information security experience, strong communication and organizational skills, collaborative abilities, self-motivation, innovation, efficiency and attention to detail. This position will report directly to the Ascensus VP of Information Security & Compliance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the Ascensus TPA group within the Retirement Division on all corporate and business related security needs:
    • Serve as Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the corporate security function for the TPA Business
    • Guiding teams on implementing information security best practices
    • Provide business unit security and compliance reporting within Retirement
    • Assisting in acquisition due diligence, integration and post integration projects
  • Supporting Ascensus corporate security initiatives
    • Leading our vulnerability management program
    • IT Compliance efforts and reporting
    • Assisting with the development and management of policies and procedures
    • Assisting with vendor compliance efforts
    • Assisting in security monitoring and alerting
    • Assessing and selecting security vendors or solutions based on project requirements
    • Maintain and communicate knowledge of industry and new security technologies
    • Identify emerging vulnerabilities and evaluate associated risks
    • Assisting in incident response events
    • Assisting in controls framework management
    • Support  internal and external audits including SOC, regulatory audits, or client intiated
    • Assisting with internal risk assessments
    • Assessing the viability and integrity of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plans
    • Partner with internal teams as needed
    • Assisting with other corporate IT security and compliance initiatives
    • Participating, contributing, and collaborating with peers
    • Developing, implementing, and enhancing security awareness training content
  • Responsible for protecting, securing, and proper handling of all confidential data held by Ascensus to ensure against unauthorized access, improper transmission, and/or unapproved disclosure of information that could result in harm to Ascensus or our clients.
  • The I-Client philosophy and the Core Values of People Matter, Quality First and Integrity Always® should be visible in your actions on a day to day basis showing your support of our organizational culture.


  • Knowledge of information security risks (technical, administrative and physical), preventative measures, and incident management.
  • Ability to identify, document, and recommend action on security and compliance findings.
  • Familiarity with security & privacy regulations/frameworks such as NIST, GLBA, etc.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. The ability to communicate effectively (clear, concise and professionally) with all levels within Ascensus, auditors and business partners.
  • Highly organized and able to process and manage inventories of controls and findings.
  • Persistence and strength to champion initiatives.
  • Excellent analytical and problem resolution skills.
  • Self-starter and able to work independently on large projects.
  • Desire to learn and develop new knowledge and skills quickly.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings, obtain feedback and coordinate next steps.
  • Ability to project manage.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 4-6 years of experience in Information Security.
  • Financial services industry experience preferred.
  • IT Audit experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of networking preferred.
  • Expert level proficiency in MS Office software applications, specifically Word and Excel.


  • Professional security certification, such as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or other similar credentials, is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree or Associate’s degree plus equivalent work experience required.

We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V.

Ascensus is a place to have a career, not just a job. As the largest US independent retirement and college savings services provider, we put our focus on people.  Our culture is guided by sound principles, is committed to high standards, operates with transparency, and welcomes diversity. When you join our team, you get to go to work every day knowing that you help over 6 million Americans save for retirement and college.


Ascensus is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, citizenship, sex, marital or veteran status, disability or handicap, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Ascensus also takes affirmative action to employ, and advance in employment, qualified women, minorities, and covered veterans. Ascensus also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state laws


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What makes any career at Ascensus so rewarding?

  • Collaborative, idea-sharing environment
  • Professional development
    • In-house training
    • Tuition reimbursement
  • Generous reward programs
  • Paid time off (additional purchase plan)
  • Medical, dental & vision benefits
  • Health savings account (employer contribution up to $1,100)
  • 401(k) & 529 match programs
  • Volunteer/charitable-giving programs
  • Business casual dress
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