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Requisition Number:  2782
Position Type:  Permanent
Position Length:  Indeterminate

Ottawa (Downtown), ON, CA

Closing Date:  August 27, 2019 11:59 EST

Diversity and Inclusion
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Assistant Director, Cyber Security Assurance



Take a Central role 
A career in cyber security at the Bank is an opportunity to defend a key component of Canada’s critical national infrastructure against cyber security threats. Our work keeps the technical backbone of Canada’s complex financial systems operating smoothly and predictably day in and day out. We have unique business processes, systems and in-house applications that make every day challenging and interesting.

Be part of a dynamic and highly skilled team of cyber specialists working in a fast-paced environment enabling the Bank to operate and innovate securely. With the increased sophistication and frequency of cyber attacks, our cyber resilience continues to be a top priority.
The Bank of Canada has a vision to be “a leading central bank—dynamic, engaged and trusted—committed to a better Canada.” We are reinventing central banking, renewing ways of doing business and reinforcing a culture of innovation.

Did you know?
We recently engaged leaders from across the Bank to gather their input for a new Cyber Security Strategy. A key part of this role will be to contribute to the execution of the strategy and help refine it based on the real-world experience of your team.

About the position
As part of the Cyber division leadership team, you will be in charge of overseeing the Bank’s cyber security assurance activities, including vulnerability assessment, vulnerability management, penetration testing and application security. This role provides strategic advice and analytic support regarding cyber security testing, threat intelligence, and threat detection. In addition to the day-to-day operations of the Cyber Security Assurance team, the work requires the development of new approaches, standards, methods and tools.

Your future responsibilities
As the Assistant Director, Cyber Security Assurance, you will provide expert knowledge and guidance on matters relating to cyber security assurance activities. You will lead and oversee technical vulnerability research and system risk assessments. As the leader of the team, you create a healthy and exciting work climate for the team by building the team’s capabilities, supporting their professional development, and enabling them to optimize their contribution. You will also be responsible for developing and maintaining effective and collaborative business relationships with parties inside and outside of the Bank to enable the team’s work.

Your education and experience

  • university degree in computer science or engineering



  • seven or more years of experience in the information security field, with a concentration on security engineering, assessment, and/or compliance.
  • relevant certifications (e.g CISSP, GIAC)



  • an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered

Recent experience leading a team of security testing analysts and working with broad range of business stakeholders to help understand and reduce cyber risk.

Your knowledge and skills 
You are a leader by example and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills which enables you to coach and provide appropriate feedback to your employees.  Your have familiarity with risk assessment and knowledge of penetration testing and vulnerability assessment strategies as well as web application security.  You have demonstrated experience in the following areas: 

  • network and operating system security features (e.g., Kerberos, Windows, Linux)
  • network security technologies (e.g., network firewalls, system hardening)
  • cyber security frameworks (e.g., MITRE ATT&ACK, CIS CSC, NIST SP 800-53)
  • secure system development methodologies. (e.g., AppSec, DevSecOps) 


Language requirement
English and French essential (bilingual) with a minimum starting level of functional (level 4) in second official language. Training may be provided to help reach the required level of fully functional (level 5) in second official language.


What you can expect from us
This is a great opportunity to join a leading organization and be part of a high-performing team. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet your needs at every stage of your life and career.

  • Salaries are based on qualifications and experience and typically range from $118,400 to $130,747 (job grade 19)
  • Depending on performance, you may be eligible for performance pay for successfully meeting (7 to 10% of your base salary) or for exceeding expectations (15% of your base salary). Exceptional performers who far exceed expectations may be eligible for higher performance pay.
  • Flexible and comprehensive benefits so you can choose the level of health, dental disability and life and/or accident insurance coverage that meets your needs
  • Extra vacation days (up to five each year) that you can purchase to add to your vacation entitlement
  • Indexed, defined-benefit pension


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Additional information

  • Priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents
  • Security level required: Secret 
  • Relocation assistance may be provided, if required


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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