Cybersecurity Specialist I

The Organization

As an independent research organization, the Morgridge Institute for Research explores uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. In affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we support researchers who take a fearless approach to advancing human health in emerging fields such as regenerative biology, metabolism, virology and biomedical imaging. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.

The Opportunity:

The entry-level Cybersecurity Specialist I will serve the Morgridge Institute for Research in cybersecurity and network protection and will also work with the advanced networking and computing infrastructure for the Discovery Building in support of world-renowned top researchers. In addition, they will work with software, systems, and network personnel to ensure the security, availability, and continuous operation of the facility.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Perform internal security audits and vulnerability analysis, then assist the Morgridge systems security specialist with monitoring tasks, documentation, reviewing security systems, and looking for anomalies that may compromise Morgridge’s security
  • Provide assistance to ensure systems are configured as securely as possible without compromising usability and are current with the latest software releases and security patches
  • Work with networking personnel to architect and design network-based security tools, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and routing and access policies
  • Monitor infrastructure efforts periodically and provide assessment reports to management on status and recommendations for security improvements
  • Provide documentation of all security systems and processes
  • Assist with maintaining records, logs and reports of security audits and issues
  • Maintain and contribute to documentation
  • Other duties as assigned


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary functions.

Education and Experience:

  • An associate degree in information technology or computer science or equivalent work experience; bachelor’s degree in information technology or computer science is preferred
  • One to two years of infrastructure/network support or related IT experience
  • Experience related to cybersecurity or network/risk management is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Candidates will need to possess strong attention to detail and excellent organization skills
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments at once
  • Excellent customer service
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Introductory knowledge of technology environments including LAN/WAN, Linux, Windows, Apple/Mac; MS Office, Active Directory, and Exchange; Adobe products and web conferencing solutions; desktop support and telecommunications
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Basic understanding of security fundamentals
  • Familiarity with NIST guidance

To apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via the link below.

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