Director, Corporate Security-Data Protection (Remote Role)

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Director, Corporate Security-Data Protection (Remote Role)

Director, Corporate Security - Data Protection

Description of Organization

Cognizant Corporate Security, a key organization within Cognizant Technology Solutions, is chartered with managing and directing the global enterprise physical and logical security programs. The Corporate Security organization is responsible for the oversight and coordination of security efforts across the company, including information technology, human resources, communications, legal, facilities management and various other groups, and is responsible for identifying security initiatives and standards. Corporate Security drives security compliance and serves as the key organization responsible with helping the business appropriately manage security risks.

Description of Role

Cognizant is seeking a Director, Data Protection to oversee the Corporate Securitys data protection strategy, regulatory compliance, training of staff, communication with regulators, and understanding relevant data processing risks across internal systems.

The candidate will possess expert knowledge of data protection law and practices, along with an understanding of Cognizants infrastructure, technology, and organizational structure. In this role, a risk-based approach to data protection should be taken and they will be the primary point of contact for Corporate Security with regard to potential complaints, queries, notices, and other notification requirements. Overall, an ideal candidate will possess a combination of legal knowledge, technical background, and communication skills, along with a strong sense of credibility, integrity, and independence.


General Compliance

Inform and advise Corporate Security, including staff who process personal data, of their obligations as per data protection provisions. The candidate will provide recommendations about the interpretation and application of all relevant data protection rules.

Provide support to GDPR Program and other local data protection provisions and policies in relation to the protection of personal data.

Inform Corporate Security of any failure to comply with the applicable data protection rules.

Conduct data audits to ensure compliance and address potential issues proactively.

Oversee implementation of compliance tools.

Develop process to conduct due diligence to ensure information shared with partners/suppliers is in alignment with all requirements, protocols, and codes pertaining to personal data.

Maintain comprehensive records for all data processing activities conducted by the company (such as with a Record of Processing), including the purpose of all processing activities, which may be shared on request.


Develop, review, and update new and existing documentation, including privacy policies, security policies, cookie policies, retention schedule, subject access requests, and others.

Develop and integrate incident, breach, and data loss management and notification processes into the general incident response process

Author technical data protection standards relating to cryptography methods and encryption solutions as needed.


Maintain a risk assessment process for personal data, including providing advice on performing data protection impact assessments (DPIA) and monitoring continued performance.

Report into existing Corporate Security Risk Register of processing operations within Cognizant and notify managers regarding the specific risks, as necessary.

Awareness and Training

Educate Cognizant and its employees on important compliance requirements.

Raise awareness and provide training material to staff involved with processing operations and related audits.

Provide thought leadership as it pertains to data protection efforts and provide a forward-looking view into trends that relate to controls, algorithms, and methods

Serve as the SME and go-to individual for all data protection, masking, encryption, obfuscation, tokenization efforts across Cognizant developed applications, services, and environments.


Act as the point of contact between regulators.

Facilitate communications with data subjects regarding the use of their data, their rights to have their personal data erased, and the measures that Cognizant has implemented to protect their personal data.

Handle queries, complaints, and other communication on request by the controller, vendors, customers, and other person(s).

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Position Requirements:

Formal Education and Certifications

Four-year university degree in computer science, computer privacy/law, or computer engineering, and/or 7+ years equivalent work experience in privacy law, auditing, or related.

Certifications in privacy, such as Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E, CIPP/US, or CIPP/C), Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), or similar.

Industry Certifications such as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) would be an asset.

Knowledge and Experience

Proven expert knowledge of data protection law and practices

Experience interpreting complicated and/or ambiguous regulatory requirements into understandable and actionable requirements for the organization and staff.

Deep understanding of encryption methods across applications and supporting application infrastructure (i.e. databases).

Knowledge of encryption technologies across private and public cloud as well as common vendors who provide encryption, tokenization and/or data protection solutions.

Expertise with encryption SDK architecutres and implementation of such SDKs within applications.

Familiarity with common encryption algorithms and key management protocols and practice

Experience providing guidance on privacy and security risk assessments, countermeasures, and data protection impact assessments.

Demonstrated leadership skills, project management experience, and delegation skills, while working with a diverse set of stakeholders and varied projects.

Experience working with board-level executives and other experienced personnel who may or may not understand the complexities of data protection.

Experience in developing legal and technical training, as well as awareness distributing material, to ensure staff and data subjects are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Demonstrated diplomatic and negotiation skills to deal with DPAs and other regulators.

Experience implementing and managing compliance tools.

Strong understanding of computer systems, databases, and how personal data is stored and processed.

Excellent understanding of Cognizants goals and objectives.

Personal Attributes

Ability to perform duties in an independent manner, sometimes bound by secrecy or confidentiality.

Excellent conflict resolution skills; ability to assert oneself in challenging situations.

Strong sense of integrity and duty to report non-compliance.

Flexibility in coordinating with various cultures and industries around the world.

Excellent oral and interpersonal communication skills while working with a wide range of audience members, including board of directors, data subjects, and lawyers.

Outstanding writing and documentation skills when dealing with technical and legal matters.

Able to communicate ideas in both technical and user-friendly language, particularly in simplifying and interpreting legal jargon for average users to understand.

Ability to critically assess personal knowledge gaps and willingness to pursue training in those areas.

Ability to balance the role of trusted advisor to the organization and an internal policing role.

Highly self-motivated and directed, with keen attention to detail.

Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.

Cognizant US Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. If you require accessibility assistance applying for open positions in the US, please send an email with your request to ************************

Application Development / Application Maintenance

United States-New Jersey-Teaneck - NJ USA, COG

Full Time Employee




Day Job

Oct 30, 2019, 2:40:33 PM

Information Security

IT Services - United States
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  • Negotiable
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  • Re-142990
  • Permanent
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