IT Security Specialist


Architecture reflects our time and culture as well as shapes it. It is our essential humanity that moves us to do good, creating places that facilitate activity and bring joy to the human spirit. We are creating places that enhance the human experience. HKS is a worldwide network of professionals, strategically located and working seamlessly as one firm with individual expertise in design, research and management. We work together in teams across 24 offices and multiple sectors to deliver exceptional value to our clients. Our project experience includes corporate headquarters, office buildings, healthcare facilities, sports facilities, hotels and resorts and aviation facilities, religious structures, public buildings, multifamily housing, educational facilities, science and technology, and projects located in 1,650 cities in more than 80 countries.


We are seeking an IT Security Specialist to join our IT Department and assist with policy documentation, training, and provide general support for our internal security incidents. In addition, the Security Specialist will be a key member of our Information Security team and work closely with the IT Infrastructure team and Support team to act as a liaison and go-to person for best practices. IT security specialists leverage an in-depth understanding of cyber security threats, technologies, and countermeasures to design and implement secure computer systems.


Job Description / Responsibilities     

  • Install, configure and upgrade security software enterprise-wide to prevent cyber-attacks
  • Educate [technical and non-technical] employees on computer security and promote security awareness and security protocols to the business
  • Monitor network for security breaches and inevitably respond to successful attacks with the appropriate countermeasures
  • Perform risk assessments and tests on running data processing activities and security measures.
  • Provide a balanced – high level and technical – knowledge of network, server, and client computer security best practices
  • Create and administer monitoring and reporting on security breaches, processes, and procedures
  • Work closely with Systems and Network Administrators, Developers, End User Support, and Managers to ensure seamless secure integration of new applications into the network
  • Work closely with Security vendors including SentinelOne, Microsoft, AlertLogic and others as needed
  • Develop, maintain, and document IT procedures around security breaches
  • Administer, document, and maintain the organization’s security procedures and policies
  • Perform daily system monitoring, verifying and follow up to incidents or alerts related to security
  • Meet with key members of the business to inform and guide decisions made around IT Security initiatives
  • Ensure that all updates or upgrades are appropriately integrated into existing networks
  • Test new security software releases
  • Ensure security controls are implemented and operating effectively as part of solutions delivery
  • Troubleshoot and support the organizations storage systems


  • Adhere to all HKS values, processes, policies, standards and procedures
  • Maintain a high level of customer service through good communication and can interact effectively with all levels of management, technical and non-technical (i.e. business users)
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals
  • Performs a variety of tasks
  • Can explain requirements and technical scenarios to non-technical people
  • Have excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Bring a “Can-Do” results oriented attitude to a team that includes the desire and ability to learn


Experience working with and administering the following technologies:

  • SentinelOne or similar heuristic learning application
  • AlertLogic or similar appliance
  • Office 365 Security
  • Multi-factor Authentication
  • Knowledge and basic understanding of Cisco ASA Firewall, Networking & VPN Devices including routers, switches, and wireless devices
  • Knowledge of Cisco Firepower and AMP Services
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Active Directory and Group Policy


  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Security or Information Systems is preferred (or applicable industry experience)
  • 3+ years overall hands-on experience in Information technology
  • Expertise with a variety of the concepts, practices, and procedures related to security practices
  • Experience working for an international company with multiple distributed locations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent customer service skills proven through demonstrated ability to interact well with people and help others.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to communicate with internal/external entities


  • Security Certification (CompTIA Security+, CEH, SANS GIAC Security Essentials, CISSP, CISM, etc)
  • Superb technical support or troubleshooting skills
  • Preferred background in infrastructure or application engineering or previous security engineering position
  • Experience performing security and risk assessment work
  • Strong written communication and technical documentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate people and teams to objective completion and the ability to work in a team environment, delegating workloads and responsibilities


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