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Senior Cyber Security Controls Assessor

LocationOakland, California;

Requisition ID # 144672 

Job Category: Information Technology 

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Information Technology

Work Type: Hybrid

Job Location: Oakland

Department Overview

Information Systems Technology Services is a unified organization comprised of various departments which collaborate effectively in order to deliver high quality technology solutions.

Position Summary

The Cyber Security Controls Assessment family is responsible for the assessment, verification, review, and audit of General Computer Controls, physical security controls, and/or business process controls across the enterprise. The Cyber Security Controls Assessor, Senior (“Assessor”) will be responsible for assessments which will require review and evaluation of IT and/or business systems and processes for compliance with defined regulatory standards, internal processes, and procedures.  Additionally, the Assessor will be responsible for the identification of risks, evaluation of control deficiencies, and recommendation on remediation efforts consistent with IT organizational policies, standards, procedures, and regulatory requirements.

PG&E is providing the hourly rate range that the company in good faith believes it might pay for this position at the time of the job posting. This compensation range is specific to the locality of the job. The actual hourly rate paid to an individual will be based on multiple factors, including, but not limited to, specific skills, education, licenses or certifications, experience, market value, geographic location, and internal equity.

The hourly rate for this position ranges from $46.63 to $73.07.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform multi-platform (application, database, operating system, middleware, monitoring tools, and business processes) level assessments, and physical security assessments, based on predefined test objectives and test plans. Perform retest of controls that have been remediated or updated as a result of previously identified deficiencies.
  • Obtain, review, and interpret evidence provided to validate controls are performed effectively.
  • Prepare, plan, conduct, and report IT Compliance assessments in accordance with industry best practices and established regulatory standards and requirements (e.g. NIST SP800-53, NERC CIP, SOX, FERC).
  • Develop test procedures and/or document recommendations for test plan modifications that improve validation of control objectives.
  • Obtain, review, and interpret organizational IT policies, standards, and procedures to identify control points that would assist in mitigating risk to the business.
  • Review test results or interpret evidence for vulnerabilities, gaps, or control deficiencies; work with stakeholders to establish plans for sustainable resolution.
  • Identify risks associated with control failures and support the identification of mitigating controls.
  • Analyze emerging legislation or changes to regulations and contribute to the development/ refinement of compliance strategy for areas of responsibility.
  • Engage management in discussion about creative, efficient, and effective was to improve internal data security control environment.
  • Partner with control owners to ensure control documentation is updated periodically to reflect current control environment and company standards.
  • Capture and report metrics for services and activities delivered to customers and/or as part of internal initiatives.
  • Serve as the point of contact for compliance for areas of responsibility.
  • Coordinates with SMEs preparation of data responses in support of audits.
  • Work closely with business partners to align overlapping compliance efforts and eliminate redundant work.
  • Perform other tasks as necessary to ensure that the Compliance meets its commitments to customers.
  • May provide consultative direction to less experienced team members.
  • Support the Compliance Sr. Manager/Manager as needed.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent work experience
  • 5 years of general IT experience, including IT security or IT risk management experience
  • Utility Industry Experience
  • At least one existing certification from the following list, which must be currently maintained and valid: certification:
    • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
    • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
    • Certified in Risk and Information System Control (CRISC)
    • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)


  • Experience using Excel worksheets, workbooks, and formulas
  • Experience managing multiple projects with conflicting priorities
  • Big 4 experience
  • Experience with NERC CIP, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), or National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SP800-53 security controls catalog.
  • One or more current and valid certifications directly applicable or complementary to the role and area of expertise, including those listed above, as well as:
    • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
    • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
    • Microsoft Certified Professional/Security Engineer (MCP, MCSE)
    • Cisco Certified Network Associate/Professional (CCNA, CCNP)
    • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Solid understanding of network and systems security, system and network configuration, and application security
  • Solid understanding of general computing controls (GCCs)
  • Able to identify complex control gaps.
  • Solid understanding of generally applicable and accepted auditing standards and framework (e.g. COBIT) and best practices for IT services management (e.g., ITIL), regulatory requirements (e.g. Sarbanes Oxley Act, NERC CIP)
  • Excellent planning, organizational, and project management skills
  • Able to multi-task projects or assessments
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment
  • Detail oriented
  • Background in process development and process improvement
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