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Chief Information Security Officer

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Chief Information Security Officer

  • Requisition # 10051998-WD
  • Job Type Full time
  • Date posted 04/18/2022

Your potential. Your opportunity.

Do you want your voice heard and your actions to count?

Discover your opportunity with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), the 5th largest financial group in the world. Across the globe, we’re 180,000 colleagues, striving to make a difference for every client, organization, and community we serve. We stand for our values, building long-term relationships, serving society, and fostering shared and sustainable growth for a better world.

With a vision to be the world’s most trusted financial group, it’s part of our culture to put people first, listen to new and diverse ideas and collaborate toward greater innovation, speed and agility. This means investing in talent, technologies, and tools that empower you to own your career.

Join MUFG, where being inspired is expected and making a meaningful impact is rewarded.

This is a hybrid position. There are flexible work from home options available. A member of our recruitment team will discuss the options with you in more detail.

MUFG is the fifth largest bank in the world (in total assets), with a 360-year heritage steeped in capital markets and wholesale banking. Since the global bank's expansion into the United States 150 years ago, MUFG Americas has served America's retail, corporate and investment banking clients and customers. With plans to divest its retail banking proposition, Union Bank, to U.S. Bancorp in 2022, MUFG Americas will emerge as a leading financial services institution with a substantial footprint in North America and renewed focus and investment on its core products in corporate and investment banking.

During this significant divestiture activity, MUFG Americas seeks to recruit a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to lead information security as the bank advances its technology modernization efforts and contends with an increasingly complex threat environment as well as regulatory landscape.

Given the confluence of these critical priorities, there is a need for a seasoned CISO, who can collaborate with business and technology stakeholders to mature the information security program in support of evolving business needs in a dynamic technology environment. The CISO will translate the bank's priorities into a comprehensive information security strategy to protect the data and assets of the bank and its customers, while enabling business innovation and growth.

The incoming CISO will be focused on the future potential of the business to set the strategy and lead the delivery of a world-class cybersecurity capability in collaboration with technology, risk, and business leadership. Successful candidates will position cybersecurity as a thought-partner and business enabler, while upholding the highest standard of security and compliance to protect the data and information assets of the bank and its clients.

Key Responsibilities:

The CISO of MUFG Americas will have ultimate accountability and ownership for information security as it relates to MUFG America's business, as well as the secure divestiture of Union Bank to US Bancorp. Amongst other functional and leadership responsibilities, the CISO will:

  • Assess the current state cyber organization including people, processes, and technology. Establish a strategic road map based on prioritized areas of risk to evolve the bank's information security posture from reactive to proactive. Implement target milestones and metrics to measure performance. Communicate progress, roadblocks and challenges to the board and key stakeholders.

  • Update and educate the board of directors and executive team on current cyber threats, issues, and risks; provide regular status updates on initiatives and operations.

  • Engage and align with technology and business partners to drive a comprehensive information security strategy and ensure information assets and technologies are appropriately protected.

  • Support the overall business technology planning, providing a current knowledge and future vision of technology, systems, data and how to ensure a secure environment.

  • Collaborate across business lines; empowering business leaders to take ownership and accountability for risk appetite within respective businesses, and necessary information security practices to ensure protection of business activities.

  • As the bank continues their migration to the public cloud, partner with technology to implement modern security standards, specifically related to application development and delivery.

  • Lead all engineering activities pertaining to the design and implementation of cybersecurity solutions, including the development and maintenance of tools, technology, and processes.

  • Drive adoption and optimization of cyber tool sets for a streamlined user experience – implement appropriate controls while identifying opportunity for automation across the stack.

  • As needed, provide due diligence and support for M&A activity, assess new companies and potential acquisitions for eventual onboarding as well as support streamlined divestiture activity.

  • Own and continuously evolve third-party risk management practices including a formal process and framework to assess vendors, service providers and solutions to mitigate third-party risk.

  • Maintain relationships and connectivity to industry peers and relevant "three letter agencies" to collaborate, share information and stay abreast of cyber events or topics that may impact the bank.

  • Serve as a thought leader both within the bank and externally by maintaining a relentless focus on staying ahead of trends in a dynamic cyber environment.

  • Develop, mentor, and manage a motivated staff of information security professionals, including hiring, training, development, and performance management.

  • Recruit, lead and inspire a diverse, world-class cybersecurity team.

Desired Outcomes:

  • The remediation and resolution of high priority regulatory issues.

  • Lead the CISO function, ensuring continuous operational stability of MUFG Americas in support of the successful, secure divestiture of Union Bank to US Bancorp.

  • A long-term road map focused on the delivery of a world-class, modern information security program, with metrics to measure progress over time.

  • Resiliency - not only protection of data and assets of the bank and its customers, but more importantly the ability to recover and rebuild the program in the event of cyberattack.

  • The evolution of the bank's cybersecurity posture from defensive to offensive and industry leading.


The successful candidate will have transformed and led modern cybersecurity environments in highly regulated environments, without stifling innovation or business growth. They will be skilled at influencing across the enterprise, rapidly building credibility with the board, regulators, and regional and global leadership. They will foster a culture of collaboration and partnership to position the cybersecurity function as an enabler, rather than impediment, without compromising sound risk management.

Ideal Experience:

  • 15+ years of leadership experience in information security.

  • In a complex, matrixed, fast-paced business environment with high value information assets.

  • Experience operating in a highly regulated environment, ideally financial services.

  • Has preferably operated in high transaction environments with complex security, operational and regulatory requirements.

  • Demonstrated success leading information security through significant M&A activity.

  • Depth with modern technology stacks, with reference to agile software engineering, DevSecOps, machine learning, and cloud – both public and “hybrid” models.

  • Has led teams more than 100 full time employees and contractors.

Critical Leadership Capabilities:

Collaborating and Influencing

  • Identifies all necessary stakeholders and connects with them to gain support or agreement.

  • Negotiates with a genuine give-and-take approach that takes all parties’ perspectives into account.

  • Takes advantage of opportunities to build strategic relationships to achieve a specific outcome.

  • Engages others in open dialogue and adapts own influence approach to different stakeholders in ways that address their interests or concerns.

  • Anticipates emerging or potential conflicts among all stakeholders and takes steps to pre-empt them.

Leading Change

  • Takes personal ownership for advancing significant change.

  • Communicates a new direction or change with a clear rationale and/or sense of urgency.

  • Creates or takes advantage of multiple opportunities to promote needed change.

  • Adapts communication content, approach, or style around change to appeal to different audiences.

Driving Results

  • Acts to surpass team goals, seizing opportunities to extend the limits of what is possible.

  • Sets continually higher goals for the team that are ambitious but achievable.

  • Identifies and acts on new opportunities that enable performance targets to be exceeded.

  • Seeks new challenges and is energized by exceeding targets.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and committed to leveraging the diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experience of our workforce to create opportunities for our colleagues and our business. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender expression, gender identity, sex, age, ancestry, marital status, protected veteran and military status, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status of an individual or that individual’s associates or relatives that is protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. 

Some MUFG roles require that individuals be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to exemptions for medical or religious reasons, as well as any other reason required by applicable law or order. Should you be selected for an interview, your recruiter will provide additional information.

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