Data Security Engineer

Workiva Ames , IA 50011

Posted 2 months ago


The Data Security Engineer is responsible for protecting Workiva's computers, networks and data against threats, such as security breaches, computer viruses or attacks by cyber-criminals. The Data Security Engineer administers an enterprise security stance through policy, architecture and training processes. This individual is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Data Security as well as performing pre-sales and post-sales activities in the field as needed. Assisting the team on best practices, improving skills and overcoming challenges in the field. The Data Security Engineer will be responsible for improving process, documentation and other customer deliverables for scaling the team. The Data Security Engineer contributes to Wdesk security by identifying short-term and long-range issues and customer concerns that must be addressed; providing information and commentary pertinent to deliberations; recommending options and courses of action; and implementing directives


Creates and improves processes, documentation and other customer deliverables

Identifies short-term and long-range issues and customer concerns to improve Wdesk security

Assists in the prioritization, coordination and fulfillment of IT security requests from legal and compliance areas

Conducts security assessments for new technologies, 3rd party vendors and acquisitions

Executes processes and procedures to ensure new systems and processes introduced into the environment meet established standards

Manages relationships with IT security awareness program in conjunction with the compliance department

Manages and directs IT security awareness program in conjunction with the compliance department

Maintains IT security team's awareness of emerging threats, e.g. new viruses, hacker contests and system vulnerabilities

What You'll Need


  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Ability to influence at all levels and in various departments

  • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, changing environment

  • Technical capacity- attention to detail

  • Time management

  • High level of personal integrity, as well as the ability to professionally handle confidential matters, and show an appropriate level of judgment and maturity

  • Self-motivated and results-oriented, including the ability to prioritize several conflicting demands

  • Problem solving skills

  • Business acumen

  • Strong sense of customer service and proven ability to meet established timelines

  • Must be detail oriented and organized


  • 3-5 Years of information security experience required

  • Prior knowledge and understanding of relevant legal and regulatory requirements, such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), Payment Card Industry/Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), SANS and ISO27001

  • Prior knowledge and understanding of common information security management frameworks such as HITRUST, ISO,IEC27001, ITIL, COBIT and ones from NIST

  • B.A./B.S. degree in computer science or related field

  • Exceptional customer service and communication skills

  • Strong planning, organizing, detail, and multi-tasking skills to prioritize numerous projects and meet deadlines

  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment

  • 2+ years of IT Security experience, including Cloud Solutions

  • Compliance experience particularly in vendor management

  • Knowledge of security frameworks

  • Strong knowledge of Workiva products through a commitment to ongoing training


  • BS degree (in lieu of degree, 4 years of relevant work experience)
  • CISSP, CISM or other information security certification preferred

Travel Requirement

  • 25%-40% travel

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements

  • Depending on assigned work location, walking outdoors between company campus facilities in a variety of weather conditions may be necessary to perform responsibilities of this position

  • Travel required 25-40% of time by car/plane to meet with customers and Workiva personnel

Where You'll Work

Our values drive how we work and who we hire. You will see these values ingrained in how we support our customers, work with team members, build our products and in the work environment we've created.

  • Customer Success: Always delight our customers.

  • Trust: Rely on each other.

  • Integrity: Do the right thing, every time.

  • Collaboration: Share resources and work together.

  • Innovation: Keep creating solutions and finding better ways.

  • Inclusion: Support a diverse community where we all belong.

  • Accountability: Be responsible for your success and failure.

We believe our people are our greatest asset, and our unique culture gives employees the opportunity to make an impact everyday. We give our employees the freedom and resources they need-backed by our culture of collaboration and diverse thought-to continue innovating and breaking new ground. We hire talented people with a wide range of skills and experiences who are eager to tackle some of today's most challenging problems.

At Workiva, you'll enjoy:

  • Fantastic Benefits: With coverage starting day one, choose from competitive health, dental, and vision plans on the largest physician networks available.

  • Casual Dress: Workiva has a casual work environment, most people wear jeans to the office.

  • Involvement: Ability to participate in Employee Resource Groups, (Women in Tech, Women in Sales, Ethnic Diversity, Veterans, Rainbow (LGBTQ), Remote Employees, Caregiving) Volunteering, Company wide celebrations, and more

  • Work-life Balance: We have competitive PTO, VTO and Parental Leave. We encourage employees to spend time enjoying life outside of work.

Learn more:

Individuals seeking employment are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or disability.

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