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Chief Information Security Officer

Location: Remote USA; East Coast preferred

Job Type: Full-Time



NGO-ISAC is a pioneering organization focused on enhancing the cybersecurity posture of non-governmental organizations worldwide but aimed primarily at US based NGOs. We provide a community for the sharing of threat intelligence, best practices, and collaborative defense strategies against cyber threats. Our mission is to create a secure digital environment that enables NGOs to focus on their critical humanitarian, environmental, and social missions without the risk of cyber disruption.

The Role


We are seeking an experienced Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to lead our cybersecurity efforts internally and externally. The CISO will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive information security outreach and support program to protect the information assets of NGOs within our network. This includes strategic planning, risk management, policy development, incident response and fostering a culture of security awareness. The CISO will also play a key role in promoting collaboration among member organizations and liaising with external security entities, vendors, and law enforcement. This role will also be responsible for the internal security and privacy needs of the NGO-ISAC entity and its employees and volunteers.



  • Develop and execute an information security strategy aligned with our mission and the unique needs of NGOs.

  • Lead the organization's efforts in threat intelligence sharing, incident response, and collaborative defense mechanisms.

  • Lead a program of auditing and supporting the cyber defenses of NGOs, especially those facing the most attacks.

  • Establish and maintain a comprehensive risk management program to identify, evaluate, and mitigate cyber risks.

  • Develop and enforce information security policies, procedures, and controls to ensure compliance with legal, regulatory, and contractual obligations.

  • Foster strong relationships with member NGOs, governmental agencies, and other stakeholders to enhance collective security efforts.

  • Oversee the selection and implementation of appropriate security technologies and services.

  • Lead security awareness and training programs to ensure staff and members are equipped to recognize and mitigate cyber threats.

  • Manage the information security team, providing leadership, and setting clear objectives and expectations.



  • 5 or more years of proven experience as a CISO or in a similar leadership role within the field of information security.

  • Experience working in cybersecurity for or with an NGO is strongly preferred.

  • Strong understanding of the cybersecurity landscape, including emerging threats, vulnerability management, and incident response strategies.

  • Experience with information security standards (e.g., ISO 27001, NIST frameworks) and regulations applicable to NGOs including data privacy regulations (HIPAA, GDPR, etc).

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders.

  • Strategic thinker with strong problem-solving capabilities.

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, or a related field. Relevant professional certifications (e.g., GCTI, CEH) are desirable. 4 years experience in related work can substitute for a degree.


We Offer

  • A role on the ground level of building an important organization for civil society, protecting NGOs from cyber threats, with a direct impact on their global missions.

  • A collaborative and supportive work environment, with a focus on professional growth and development.

  • Competitive salary and benefits package.

  • Opportunities for training and advancement in the field of cybersecurity.

While the exact travel requirements are going to be reflective of organization initiatives, fundraising needs, events, and other needs of NGO-ISAC, it should be assumed that anyone in this position is able to travel at least monthly.


NGO-ISAC is an equal-opportunity employer who values diversity and hires for talent, passion, and compassion. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to submit satisfactory proof of identity and legal authorization.

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