Network Security Specialist
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona - Phoenix, AZ

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is a local, independent and not-for-profit health insurance company headquartered in Phoenix. Founded in 1939, the company has more than 1,300 dedicated employees throughout its Phoenix, Tucson, Chandler and Flagstaff offices. Providing health insurance products, services and networks to more than 1 million Arizonans, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona offers various health plans for individuals, families, and small and large businesses. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona also offers Medicare supplement plans to individuals over age 65.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona helps to fulfill its mission of improving the quality of life of Arizonans by delivering a variety of health insurance products and services to meet the diverse needs of individuals, families, and small and large businesses as well as providing information and tools to help individuals make better health decisions.

Position Details

Under minimal supervision, assists with the development of information security policies; ensures that policies are applied and maintained for all computer network components including: routers, modem banks, remote access, firewalls, content filtering, web servers, telephone switches, and servers running operating systems; provides reports for the information security program. Serves as the network security specialist for the company.

-Maintains integrated security solutions, IDS/IPS/DLP and develops security plans for system.
-Evaluates security products and tests security systems performance.
-Installs and maintains SPLUNK and Websense products for logging and data leakage prevention.
-Participates in production roll outs, ensure systems are promoted securely.
-Coordinates with and provides guidance to the firewall team during firewall meetings.
-Develops and performs ┬┐penetration┬┐ efforts to test network vulnerability to intrusion by hostile individuals or groups.
-Assists with investigating, documenting and reporting any actual or potential information security violations, breeches or inappropriate computer use; works with Network and Desktop Support to resolve incidents.
-Supports the development and implementation of a BCBSAZ security awareness and virus management program.
-Assists management with establishing, reviewing and maintaining BCBSAZ information security policies and procedures; participates in ensuring security compliance with agency regulatory requirements.
-Provides status reports on the implementation of computer security.
-Assists in keeping the Information Security Services web site updated.
-Assist workforce members with security related questions or problems.
-Participates in Quality and corporate task teams as deemed appropriate.
-Participates in on-site business associate security assessments that may require travel.
-Monitors anti-virus and anti-malware systems.
-Monitors and releases secure email by pass notifications.
-Runs Internet activity reports.
-Makes approved white list changes to network firewalls and DLP appliances.
-Weigh business needs against security concerns and articulate issues to management.
-Author security-related articles.
-Educate workforce members on security practices through individual training, Intranet articles, etc.
-Participate in department on-call rotation.
-Assists in user access control and administration.
-Performs special projects as assigned.
-Cross train in other information security duties to support the business as needed.
-Create weekly status reports of progress and productivity.
-Must be a self-starter and able to work independently.

Employment Requirements

Education and Experience:

Prerequisite: Qualifications as Information Security Specialist 1
-Associates degree in a business discipline, Information Systems, or related computer science and/or an equivalent experience.
-Knowledge of Microsoft Applications and Suites, Windows Server, and Microsoft SQL databases.
-Knowledge of the use of SharePoint
-4-10 years experience in the Information Security or Information Systems Audit fields.
-Experience with ISO 27002/BS7799
-Possess a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP), or equivalent network security certification and agree to maintain the credential(s) as a condition of employment.
-Must have excellent technical affinity, problem solving abilities, written and verbal communication skills, and exhibit a great deal of attention to detail.
-Must possess excellent time management skills and the ability to multi-task and work independently while under several competing deadlines and with constant interruption.
-Solid understanding of separation of duties with respect to security roles and permissions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
-Advanced Knowledge of project management concepts
-Demonstrate technical ability and problem solving skills to include metric development and deliverance to senior management.
-Proven ability to write and present information security training documentation
-Solid technical ability and problem solving skills
-Demonstrate the ability to stay current on global threats and vulnerabilities.
-Experience working with third parties
-Must demonstrate time management skills and the ability to multi-task and work independently while under several competing deadlines and with constant interruption.
-Knowledge of personal computers, network hardware, network topology, and desktop applications.
-The willingness to work nights, weekends, and holidays when called upon.
-Be willing to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
-Successfully pass drug screening and a complex back ground check

Our Commitment

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, disability, age, covered veteran status or any other protected group.

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