Chief Information Security Officer

Kla-Tencor Milpitas , CA 95035

Posted 1 week ago

Company Overview

Calling the adventurers ready to join a company that's pushing the limits of nanotechnology to keep the digital revolution rolling. At KLA, we're making technology advancements that are biggerand tinierthan the world has ever seen.

Who are we? We research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor and nanoelectronics industries. We enable the digital age by pushing the boundaries of technology, creating tools capable of finding defects smaller than a wavelength of visible light. We create smarter processes so that technology leaders can manufacture high-performance chipsthe kind in that phone in your pocket, the tablet on your desk and nearly every electronic device you ownfaster and better. We're passionate about creating solutions that drive progress and help people do what wouldn't be possible without us. The future is calling. Will you answer?


The KLA Security Teams' mission is to create business focused, secure enterprise where KLA services are stable, our data is secured and compliant, our customers connected, and our employees assured. A place where risk management practices are integrated, represented and socialized across the enterprise, enabling innovation, creativity and productivity. Customer and partner security is paramount.


The Chief Information Security Officer will first spend time assessing the nature of KLA's security needs, and strategize around the plan to establish and maintain an enterprise-wide information security program to ensure that all information assets are adequately protected. This position is responsible for identifying, evaluating and reporting on information security risks on a global scale, and particularly in China. The position requires a visionary leader with strong skills in both technology and business management. The Chief Information Security Officer will partner with the CIO, physical security leaders, and other key stakeholders across the business to proactively implement practices that meet defined policies and standards for information security. S/he will oversee all IT risk management activities.

The Chief Information Security Officer must be a strategic thinker and innovative problem solver, skilled in design and execution of effective enterprise security programs. The Chief Information Security Officer should possess outstanding leadership, team building and technical strengths that generate optimum productivity with performance excellence from security staff, as well as internal and external partners. S/he should demonstrate a commitment to embrace the corporate culture to overachieve business objectives with a proven history of elevating information security postures.

The Chief Information Security Officer is the process owner of all ongoing activities related to the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of customers, business partners, employees and business information, in compliance with the organization's information security policies. A key element of the Chief Information Security Officer's role is working with executive management to determine acceptable levels of risk for the organization. The Chief Information Security Officer must be highly knowledgeable about the business environment and must ensure that information systems are maintained in a fully functional, secure mode.

The Chief Information Security Officer will:

  • Assess current needs; develop, implement, and monitor a strategic, comprehensive enterprise-wide information security and risk management program to ensure the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of information owned, controlled or processed by the organization

  • Lead security strategy, prioritizing user data and application/product security, and coordinate the evaluation, deployment, and management of current and future security technologies

  • Oversee the development and enforcement of security policies and procedures based on industry-standard best practices

  • Monitor the design and implementation of disaster recovery and business continuity plans, procedures, audits, and enhancements

  • Build strong relationships within the security organization and across the enterprise in order to implement appropriate security controls to protect the enterprise and product, ensuring that user data remains the top priority

  • Partner closely with senior leadership, especially infrastructure and engineering, to ensure that all applications and platforms are developed with security in mind

  • Act as an advocate and primary liaison for the company's security vision via regular written and in-person communications with the executive team and other leaders

  • Work closely with IT and other technology groups to fully secure information, computer, network, and processing systems

  • Promote strategic relationships between internal resources and external entities, including government, vendors, and partner organizations

  • Offer strong leadership, coaching, and mentoring to the security team


For this role, we value dynamic leaders who have:

  • 15-20 years of experience in increasingly responsible roles with at least 10 years of security related executive leadership within a complex global business environment; including experience as the Chief Information Security Officer of a large scale global company

  • Strong track record of leadership, with the ability to influence throughout the organization, across all divisions and effectively communicate a business vision, key objectives, security needs and personal contributions. Effective and comfortable managing different stakeholders without full accountability for the entire security landscape of the organization

  • Established history of effectively managing large teams on an international basis with an impressive track record of developing talent. Highly technical, confident at the operational management level and comfortable in an engineering-heavy organization

  • Strong quantitative and analytical abilities with deep understanding of how to develop relevant metrics that not only track activity but also quantify the impact of security initiatives on the financial, growth, and performance of the business. Ability to calculate execution velocity.

  • Experience with highly sensitive data, and maintaining its security as a top priority; understanding big data and technology at scale

  • Experience designing enterprise-wide information security organizational structures and processes

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experiences presenting to Senior Executive Teams, ability to effectively communicate with a senior audience and convey the health of the security program

  • Strong leader, team player and contributor. Self-motivated and self-directed

  • Comfortable dealing with ambiguity and conflicting priorities. Preferably experience in technology cultures

In addition, the ideal candidate will be a team builder, team player, and a coach. Personal drive, passion, industriousness, results-orientation, and enthusiasm are essential. The Chief Information Security Officer must bring:

  • Ability to anticipate the unknown by drawing on vast experiences, willingness to see past the present and continually innovate ad create new ways to remain at the forefront of security

  • Leadership ability which attracts talent, creates loyalty, trust, and following. One who can energize people and teams, and make cross-functional and cross-business cooperation happen. This individual must be highly respected by subordinates, peers, and superiors

  • A combination of personality traits collaboration, honesty, integrity, intensity, passion and a low ego necessary to blend with the rest of the executive management team

  • A compelling leadership style that includes exceptional people management skills, program management, business and technology expertise with a style that inspires confidence in KLA and our services

  • An effective communication style that is direct, structured, and succinct. One how can articulate complex concepts in a clear and simple manner and can adjust communication based on the technical expertise of the audience. Must have experience effectively presenting to a seasoned audience including the senior leadership team and board of directors

  • A hands-on and entrepreneurial style one that looks to become personally involved in all elements of managing their functional responsibility, and someone who seeks to develop like-minded senior managers with similar capabilities

  • The intellect and the executive presence to become a true business partner across the corporation someone who is capable of contributing to broader business conversations beyond their functional expertise

  • Organizational savvy to solicit the involvement of others to build a sense of ownership. Must have the confidence to act quickly and decisively when the market requires such agility

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate (Academic) with at least 12 years of experience or

  • Master's Level Degree with at least 14 years of experience or

  • Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 15 years of experience


Equal Employment Opportunity

KLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

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