IS Principal Information Security Specialist

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

​Location: LOC_HOME-Home/Remote Office Location 

Req ID: 223353

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 


Seeking Breakthrough Makers   

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)—named America’s 2022 Best Large Employer by Forbes—offers countless ways to change lives. Our diverse community of more than 20,000 Breakthrough Makers will inspire you to pursue passions, develop expertise, and drive innovation.

At CHOP, your experience is valued; your voice is heard; and your contributions make a difference for patients and families. Join us as we build on our promise to advance pediatric care—and your career. 


CHOP’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

CHOP is committed to building an inclusive culture where employees feel a sense of belonging, connection, and community within their workplace. We are a team dedicated to fostering an environment that allows for all to be their authentic selves. We are focused on attracting, cultivating, and retaining diverse talent who can help us deliver on our mission to be a world leader in the advancement of healthcare for children. 

We strongly encourage all candidates of diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to apply. 

Job Summary

  • Demonstrates specialized & comprehensive knowledge in Information security management practices, disciplines, regulations, industry standards, related frameworks, project management principles, and methodologies, security engineering concepts, security operations model; industry standards around architecture principles.
  • Demonstrates exceptional skills in managing multiple projects and priorities in order to meet strategic goals and timelines.
  • Exhibits the ability to plan, manage and implement highly complex enterprise architecture and security implementations, enhancements or modifications that require in-depth knowledge across multiple technical areas and business segments.
  • Exhibits exceptional understanding of emerging regulatory and healthcare issues in order to develop internal and external checks and controls to ensure proper governance, security and quality of information assets.
  • Demonstrates exceptional troubleshooting and collaborative skills required to identify, analyze and resolve complicated security issues.
  • Demonstrates advanced proficiency in creating detailed documentation, perform budget planning and oversight, and providing input on CHOP infrastructure strategic planning, technology standards, and information security and risk practices.
  • Exhibits ability to communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, vendors, management and the ability to translate complex technical solutions into non-technical requirements documents.
  • Performs planning, development, implementation, and delivery of enterprise architecture and engineering principles for new, existing and future strategic and operational activities.
  • Demonstrates the ability to provide technical expertise and consultation to the CIO, CTO, CISO, executive leadership and other business and clinical leaders.

Job Responsibilities

A Principal Information Security Specialist has similar responsibilities to Information Security Specialist III personnel. However, a Principal Information Security Specialist is deemed to be the subject matter expert and in-house advisor on complex problems and issues. A Principal Information Security Specialist also:

  • Works independently to initiate assignments and draws upon extensive professional knowledge and experience to make independent judgments regarding analysis, evaluation, development, and implementation of enterprise long-term solutions and operating initiatives to ensure that enterprise architectural objectives are aligned with organizational needs and strategic goals.
  • Optimizes information management approaches through an understanding of evolving business needs and technology capabilities and ensures that projects do not duplicate functionality or diverge from each other and business and IT strategies.
  • Shapes, designs, and plans specific service lines in product area and manages the risks associated with information and IT assets through appropriate standards and security policies.
  • Functions as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) to maintain an understanding of CHOP IS business and clinical applications and the relationship to InfoSec and compliance solutions; assist Hospital stakeholders in understanding information protection needs that support the Hospital's business.
  • Works with other architects to provide a consensus based enterprise solution that is scalable, adaptable and in synchronization with ever changing business needs and takes ownership of a particular solution offering.
  • Works with highly matrixed team of IS personnel to support enterprise architecture and information security operations including, but not limited to, architecture and InfoSec principles around identity & access management models, cloud identify management providers, security information and event monitoring, and data loss prevention, perimeter (e.g. firewalls, IPS, web filtering), cloud and virtualization environments and network security (host-based firewalls, anti-virus, disk encryption).
  • Support and/or lead activities around InfoSec standards for business continuity and change management activities (e.g., table tops and change review board) and educates IS Hospital management on security issues (e.g., Identity and Access Management (IAM), Role Based Access Control (RBAC) models.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

The department works 80% remotely, 20% on site in our Philadelphia offices on an as-needed basis.  

Required Education and Experience

Required Education:

  • Bachelors Degree


Required Experience:

  • 12+ years industry related experience, including experience in one to two IT disciplines (such as technical architecture, network management, application development, middleware, information analysis, database management or operations) in a multitier environment.
  • Experience with Cloud and/or Virtualization technologies.
  • 6+ years of experience with information security, regulatory compliance and risk management concepts.
  • 3+ years of experience with Identity and Access Management, user provisioning, Role Based Access Control, or control self-assessment methodologies and security awareness training.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education:

  • Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or related field required.


Preferred Experience:

  • At least 3 years’ experience in working with matrixed high performance teams.


Preferred Cert/Lic:

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) OR
  • HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) OR
  • Certified in Cybersecurity OR
  • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) OR
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) OR
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) OR
  • Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) OR
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) OR
  • CompTIA Security+ OR
  • GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) OR
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) OR
  • Certificate  of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) OR
  • Certificate of Cloud Auditing Knowledge (CCAK)

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Information security principles, general and IT controls (e.g., access controls, risk management, change management, cloud security) and related information security policies and procedures.
  • Exhibits knowledge of industry regulatory standards and accreditation requirements or control frameworks (HIPAA, PCI, Joint Commission, NIST, Red Flags, ISO 27000 series).
  • Comprehensive knowledge of information security regulations, standards and leading practices, including understanding of EHR, cloud frameworks, identity access controls.
  • Good knowledge of basic database query techniques & data mining to analyze data or other related database functionality.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Active Directory, UNIX, and Clinical Applications a plus.
  • Experience implementing application level security in clinical and financial systems (e.g., Epic, Lawson). ERP experience a plus.
  • General understanding of networking and communication techniques including WANs, LANs, Internet, Intranet, protocols, such as TCP/IP and their impact on security.
  • Microsoft, UNIX, Lawson, and Clinical Applications,
  • Experience with industry standard SDLC methodologies; hands-on experience in Project Server methodologies, PMO project management skills, including use of MS productivity tools (Access, Word, PowerPoint, Visio, Project).
  • Experience with risk management frameworks.


    Information Security Requirements

  • Understand and comply with all enterprise and IS departmental information security policies, procedures and standards.
  • Support the integration of information security in the development, design, and implementation of Hospital Technology Resources that process, transmit, or store CHOP information.
  • Support all compliance activities related to state, federal regulatory requirements, healthcare accreditation standards, and all other applicable regulations that govern the use and disclosure of patient, financial, or other confidential information.

To carry out its mission, CHOP is committed to supporting the health of our patients, families, workforce, and global community.  As a condition of employment, professionals working onsite—at any CHOP location, for any portion of time—must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Learn more. 

CHOP also requires employees who work in patient care buildings to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemptions for valid religious and medical reasons.  Start dates may be delayed until candidates are immunized or exemption requests are reviewed.  

EEO / VEVRAA Federal Contractor        |              Tobacco Statement 


Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

Job Segment: Pediatric, Patient Care, Information Security, EMR, Information Systems, Healthcare, Technology