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Nelnet Security Advisor - IT Security and Privacy in Des Moines, Iowa

CampusGuard, a Nelnet Company, provides information security services for campus-based organizations including higher education institutions, healthcare providers, city, county and state government agencies and hospitality markets. As a full-service information security firm, we leverage our knowledge combined with the industry standards for compliance and information security issues to provide our customers with world class information security & compliance services.

CampusGuard, a Nelnet company, provides cybersecurity and compliance services for campus-based organizations including higher education institutions, healthcare providers, state and local government agencies, utilities, and hospitality markets. As a full-service firm, we leverage our knowledge combined with industry standards for compliance and information security issues to provide our customers with world-class information cybersecurity and compliance services.

The Security Advisor provides information security and compliance consulting and assessment services using accepted standards, frameworks, and best practices. The Security Advisor gathers and analyzes customer information, makes remote and/or physical site visits, conducts interviews and reviews documentation, performs gap analyses, and completes reports with appropriate remediation recommendations.

Security Advisors also provide ongoing consultation services to customers via recurring and ad-hoc meetings and email communications, and assist with periodic activities with customers, such as tabletop exercises, to ensure continued compliance. The Security Advisor provides sales support in the form of conference attendance, participation in sales calls, collaboration with Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) partners, and other tasks as needed.


Security Advisors are responsible for assessing and reporting on customer business and operating environments, network infrastructure, and policies and procedures related to compliance and other relevant industry standards. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Consult both onsite and remotely with customers to collect, review, and analyze data related to current institutional policies, business practices and procedures, network infrastructure, IT system configurations and physical security as it all relates to multiple compliance requirements.

  2. Develop work plans for relevant departments by performing gap analysis of the current environment with specific compliance requirements.

  3. Provide in-person or remote training presentations to customer personnel.

  4. Review requirements with application and service providers as necessary to achieve information security and compliance objectives.

  5. Make recommendations for remediation steps required to achieve information security and compliance objectives.

  6. At the conclusion of the assessment, the Security Advisor will assist the customer with the preparation of all required industry-standard reporting obligations.

  7. This is a remote work position. Candidate must be able to work in a home office environment with minimal supervision.

  8. Ability to travel required (potentially up to 50%). CampusGuard will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 reported cases by state. Currently, business travel is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Security Advisors use standardized procedures and methods to assess the security and monitor the on-going compliance of each customer:

  1. Perform gap assessments through interviews, physical assessments, and evidence review to evaluate customer networks, infrastructure, and operations as it relates to compliance objectives.

  2. Report on findings and assist customers in remediation activities as required.

Security Advisors assist with sales and marketing activities:

  1. Participate in sales calls as an industry expert

  2. Attend conferences as appropriate

  3. Prepare and perform industry-related presentations and/or webcasts

  4. Other sales/marketing support duties as requested

Candidates wage for this role: $100,000 DOE


Minimum acceptable work experience requirements: If a candidate does not satisfy any of the above education criteria or certificates, he or she must have a minimum of five years of relevant information security experience or proof of other recognized security certifications.


The Security Advisor has a knowledge of and/or experience solving privacy and information governance issues through assisting customers with privacy and risk strategies by:

  1. Understanding and applying technical and operational industry leading practices involving privacy regulations/standards

  2. Understanding of industry security and privacy standards and regulations (e.g., GDPR, GLBA, HIPAA/HITECH, CMMC, Breach Disclosure Laws) and industry frameworks (e.g., NIST, ISO)

  3. Knowledge of common privacy-related issues faced by Higher Education

Knowledge and experience with consulting, implementing, or supporting privacy related efforts including:

  1. Understanding of data privacy programs and governance strategies

  2. Knowledge of privacy and information governance policy, notice management, and incident response

  3. Privacy impact, risk, and gap assessments

  4. Knowledge of individual rights processing and consent management

  5. Understanding third party risk for privacy and information governance

  6. Understanding privacy controls implementation and monitoring.

Creative problem-solving and customer engagement including:

  1. Collaborating, identifying, and addressing customer needs through relationship building and understanding customer’s business and needs

  2. Familiarity with Education, Healthcare, and Government institution and their structures, operations, and security needs

  3. Understanding of information systems, networks, and related security issues

  4. Communicating in written, verbal, and video formats

  5. Communication both quantitative and qualitative analyses

  6. Creating high-quality deliverables using appropriate business and technical language.

Our benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, HSA and FSA, generous earned time off, 401K/student loan repayment, life insurance & AD&D insurance, employee assistance program, employee stock purchase program, tuition reimbursement, performance-based incentive pay, short- and long-term disability, and a robust wellness program. Click here to learn more about our benefits: LINK ( .

Nelnet is an Equal Opportunity Employer, complies with Executive Order 11246, and takes affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, national origin, gender, or sex, marital status, age, disability, use of a guide dog or service animal, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance.

Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Corporate Recruiting at 402-486-5725 or .

Nelnet is a Drug Free and Tobacco Free Workplace.