Merck Security Awareness Specialist in Branchburg, New Jersey

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

As an IT Information Security Awareness Specialist at Merck you will be part of inventing tomorrow. Our Innovative centers are where great people come together and deliver solutions that save and improve lives.

The IT Information Security Awareness Specialist is responsible for communicating and providing awareness for information security risks impacting Merck. This role will enable a clear understanding of compliance with information security internal policies and standards and external regulations and applicable laws and thereby reduce security risks and improve the culture.

The position requires a strong understanding of security & risk management, SDLC, as well as excellent communication and collaboration skills.

The Specialist will execute work in alignment with Merck IT goals and initiatives and serve to:

  • Create and publish information security-related plans, communications, standards, and presentations with creative graphics and styles communicate elements of risk and promote security awareness.

  • Create supporting process documentation, such as: standards, guidelines, work-instructions, presentations, project/task plans.

  • Collaborate with various levels of IT and business staff and closely collaborate with corporate communications, security and risk liaisons, , hardware and application teams, as well as third party vendors as needed.

  • Create detailed presentations of Awareness initiatives, efforts, metrics and status to communicate to all levels of staff and management.

  • Support a positive culture change through continuous monitoring, awareness, education, partnering with industry standard leaders and promoting best practices.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Communications or Information Security.

  • A minimum of 3 years awareness, communications and education experience

  • A detailed understanding of IT information security is required

  • A good understanding of Merck's Corporate policies and standards, such as SDLC, Information Security Risk Management, Privacy, etc.

  • A good understanding of external information security regulations and applicable laws (Privacy, Safe Harbor, HIPAA, etc.) and relevant Industry Regulations, Standards, and Frameworks (NIST, ISO 27001, COBIT,OWASP,SOX,GDPR, and others)

  • Demonstrated experience creating clear and effective communications, presentations & awareness campaigns.

  • Demonstrated ability to execute on multiple high priority tasks and report to all levels of management.

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Graphic design experience

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and on multiple efforts effectively and on a timely fashion

  • Demonstrated ability to generate status and metric reports timely.

  • Excellent Excel & PowerPoint skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work with TeamSite

  • Excellent team collaboration skills

  • A strong Merck business and IT knowledge is required.

  • Experience working effectively with various levels of Merck staff worldwide.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Over 5 years demonstrated experience in a communications, awareness, educational role

  • Highly skilled and experienced in graphic design

  • Demonstrated experience in an information security/ educational role.

  • In-depth /detailed understanding of the Systems Development Life Cycle standards

  • An excellent demonstrated ability of interpreting security policies and external security regulations and laws, in particular, Information Security and Privacy.

  • An understanding of gaming technology or other creative technologies preferred, but not required.

  • Clear understanding of how to measure marketing and communication tactics to show ROI.

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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Other Locations: NA-US-PA-West Point

Title: Security Awareness Specialist

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Branchburg

Requisition ID: COM000695