Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Date: 10 May 2024

Location: Adelaide, SA, AU Perth, WA, AU Brisbane, QLD, AU Sydney, NSW, AU Melbourne, VIC, AU Canberra, ACT, AU Hobart, TAS, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

  • Work for Australia’s National Science Agency and Innovation Catalyst
  • Key leadership role within the Information Management Technology Business Unit
  • We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work



The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is one of the world’s largest and most successful publicly funded research and development organisations. We are committed to outcome-focused research that will generate economic, environmental and social benefits. We maximise the impact we deliver for the Australia by focusing on solving its greatest challenges. As Australia’s national science and engineering agency our innovation and excellence places us in the top ten applied research agencies in the world. We’re the people behind Wi-Fi, soft contact lenses and the Hendra virus vaccine – and we’re Australia’s leading patent holder.


About the Information Management & Technology (IMT) Business Unit

CSIRO’s working environments are as diverse as the research, science and services we deliver, and we are resolutely committed to providing leading-edge information platforms to give CSIRO the edge in the digital age and to ensure CSIRO can operate as a virtual organisation. The IMT team are instrumental in partnering with CSIRO’s leaders and their teams to provide strategic advice and robust tools, systems and processes to underpin delivery of world class science and to manage cyber risks.

The Role

Reporting to CSIRO’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), is an executive member of the Information Management Technology (IMT) Business Unit Leadership Team.


The CISO will drive cyber security innovation, keeping abreast of the changing threat landscape and regulatory frameworks. The CISO will also present to CSIRO’s board and senior executive on cyber security outcomes.


The CISO will:


  • Champion a Cyber-aware Security culture.
  • Manage the cyber strategy and the organisation’s cyber security program, including integration with overall protective security.
  • Manage and mature the security governance structure, with regard for external requirements.
  • Work collaboratively through governance committees to ensure the consistent application of policies and requirements.
  • Work with key CSIRO stakeholders to better understand cyber risk and alignment with the Risk Management Framework.
  • Monitor threats and overseeing cyber security incident response including directing internal communication as well as perform a crisis management role.
  • Adhere to the spirit and practice of CSIRO’s Values. 


Location:        Any Australian capital city
Salary:            Attractive Salary plus Motor Vehicle Allowance plus 15.4% super
Tenure:           Specified Term of 3 years - Full-time

About You

CSIRO are seeking a strategic, engaging and results focussed leader who can demonstrate alignment with the following Pivotal Experience, Expertise and Leadership Capabilities:


  • Demonstrable experience as a senior information security leader within an environment at or approaching the scale and complexity of CSIRO, with appropriate experience across a wide range of security domains.
  • At least ten years’ experience in a combination of risk management, information security and information technology roles with advanced knowledge of common information security management frameworks.
  • Experience driving a culture change program across a complex security environment and uplifting security governance and discipline across a complex enterprise at or approaching the scale of CSIRO.
  • Experience in delivering a cyber security strategy and roadmap for complex organisations.
  • A degree (or considerable equivalent industry experience), in conjunction with significant achievement in senior leadership roles within information management or security governance.
  • Ability to lead cooperative teams, and a record of strong leadership that has contributed to or defined policy direction and strategy.
  • Proven ability to foster effective relationships, using complex influencing strategies to ensure alignment between client or stakeholder needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate and successfully manage major conceptual technical, commercial or management problems.
  • A proven track record in leading collaborative change.


For a detailed overview and more information, please view the position description here


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens only. Appointment to this role is subject to the provision of a national police check and the requirement to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Negative Vetting Level 1 (and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements).

Flexible working arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 


CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.


Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to apply

CSIRO has appointed Heidrick & Struggles to support the recruitment process for this role.


To apply, please submit your cover letter or executive summary (of no more than 2 pages long) with your CV, both of which outline your motivations for applying and your key skills and experience to enable you to meet the requirements of this role to

Applications close

Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday June 9th 2024 (Australian Eastern Standard Time)


We encourage early applications as late applications will not be accepted.