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  • Posted: Jun 4, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Absa Bank Limited (Absa) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group Limited. Absa offers personal and business banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management as well as bancassurance. Barclays Africa Group Limited is 62.3% owned by Barclays Bank PLC and is listed on the JSE Limited. The Group is one of A...
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    Database Security Engineer

    Job Summary

    • Our Converged Security Office prides itself in its unique structure that sees an integration and collaboration model between our Information Risk, Cyber, Resilience, Physical Security & Forensics teams to ensure effective risk management across all disciplines. 
    • You will be tasked with providing protection and assurance on the controls safeguarding the bank’s information assets.

    Job Description

    What you’ll get to do:

    The role is within the Converged Security Office and your responsibilities will include the following:

    • Designing, developing, testing, documenting, monitoring, and implementing information and database security solutions to enforce security strategies and support to new/existing systems in accordance with policies, standards, guidelines and procedures
    • Serve as a trusted partner to business, operations, development, risk and compliance teams providing database security subject matter expert (SME) guidance and analysis
    • Managing a database activity monitoring (DAM) platform for security and audit compliance, including policy creation, event and trend analysis, performance monitoring and infrastructure maintenance
    • Developing and maintaining database security standards, guidelines and procedures for hardening database configurations, users and roles, profiles, etc.
    • Refining and enhancing existing controls, policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines to prevent the unauthorized use, release, modification, or destruction of data
    • Evaluating updates to new/existing database security controls by determining the strengths/weaknesses and coordinate the testing and implementation of the new/enhanced controls with all business partners that are affected
    • Respond to security Incidents and assist with incident investigations
    • Performing root cause analysis of security violations to determine if they are the result of misconfiguration or malfunction or if they are malicious, and taking appropriate action depending on circumstances
    • Working with database custodians at different levels of the organization to understand their respective security needs and assist with implementing practices and procedures consistent with the bank information security policy
    • Conducting and identifying database security compliance issues and ensure that any non-compliance to security baseline configurations are identified, tracked and assigned to stakeholders for remediation
    • Working with internal and external auditors to demonstrate and provide evidence of security controls are adherence to regulatory compliance
    • Executing and enhancing monitoring systems used to detect and report security violations

    What do you need to get in?

    • Bachelor's degree in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Information Technology, or Related Fields or relevant industry certifications and comparable experience
    • CISSP certification or any security related certification-preferred, but not essential
    • Experience required:
    • Database security, monitoring and protection
    • Database activity monitoring platforms such as Imperva Data Security and Data Risk Analytics (DRA), IBM Guardium is advantageous.
    • Familiarity with Azure & AWS technologies and methods including RDS (Relational Database Service)
    • Ability to understand security risks and controls, to analyze various methods of controlling information security problems, determine the strengths and weaknesses of each method and implement the best cost-justified solution
    • Knowledge of database platforms such as Oracle, SQLSERVER, MySQL, etc.
    • Working knowledge of at least two or more operating systems and corresponding security systems in use at the Bank (Linux, Unix, Windows, etc.)
    • Maintain familiarity with industry trends and current security practices
    • Demonstrate ability to manage complex projects in an effective manner. This includes the ability to prepare detailed task plans outlining all requirements to complete the given assignment
    • Evaluate business process and application software, which effect the integrity, functionality, and reliability of the Bank's network and systems
    • Passionate, positive and driven attitude
    • Good communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
    • Reliable time management and organization skills
    • Demonstrates the ability to convey technical findings in simple language
    • Proactive mindset and actions
    • Aptitude to lead complex efforts with minimal supervision
    • Willingness to collaborate across the organization
    • Ability to lead complex efforts with minimal supervision
    • Proven ability to work independently and as a team member
    • Flexibility to work in varying business functions and capabilities
    • Capability to adapt to new and changing environment and handle multiple priorities, including to learn quickly
    • Knowledge of Data protection i.e.. Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Data Classification
    • If you’re passionate about working in a fast-paced environment and contributing to the exciting world of Security by leading from the front, we would love to hear from you!


    • Bachelor`s Degrees and Advanced Diplomas: Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences (Required)

    Absa Bank Limited is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. In compliance with the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998, preference will be given to suitable candidates from designated groups whose appointments will contribute towards achievement of equitable demographic representation of our workforce profile and add to the diversity of the Bank.

    Absa Bank Limited reserves the right not to make an appointment to the post as advertised

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Absa on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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