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Associate Director, Cybersecurity Operations & Threat Intelligence

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
San Rafael, California
Start date
May 10, 2023

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It takes a village, and at BioMarin our corporate groups are the people behind our success. Groups such as IT, Finance, Legal, Global Compliance & Ethics, and our People Team provide foundational support of all areas of operation at BioMarin.

Reporting to the Global Head of Cybersecurity, The Associate Director of Cybersecurity Operations & Threat Intelligence, is responsible for BioMarin’s cybersecurity Operations, threat intelligence, incident management, and Cybersecurity Operations Center (CSOC) capabilities. This person will also be a key member of the Cybersecurity Leadership Team and will help to build and operate the cybersecurity program as a whole.


A key element of this role is working cross functionally at all levels across BioMarin to develop, maintain, and execute company’s cybersecurity incident response plan (Cybersecurity-IRP). 


The ideal candidate will have a broad understanding of all cybersecurity capabilities, with deep expertise in building and operating threat, incident, and security operations capabilities.  This person will need to be proficient in managing technical teams, partnering with peers in all functions, and communicating to senior executives.


  • Build, mature, and operate tactical and strategic cybersecurity threat intelligence capability.  Ensure output from this capability is fed into cybersecurity identification, protection, and response capabilities.
  • Manage cybersecurity incident management capability. Act as cybersecurity incident manager.  Train personnel and build redundancy into capability to ensure optimal execution and predictability. Partner with Global Compliance & Ethics team to connect cybersecurity incident management with crisis management and business continuity processes.
  • Manage 24x7 Cybersecurity Operations Center (CSOC). Ensure that this capability is highly process driven and able to respond to cybersecurity events and incidents rapidly and effectively.
  • Establish long-term roadmap for threat, incident, and CSOC capabilities to ensure that these they continue to provide value to BioMarin and achieve agreed upon maturity and performance goals.
  • Supports the maturing of the organization's cybersecurity detection capabilities and key information security programs (i.e., Vulnerability Management), and technologies (i.e., SIEM, Endpoint Protection, Intrusion Detection). Actively streamline and simplify workflows and processes; Use automation and orchestration for improved efficiencies where possible.
  • Manage FTE and contract resources in the delivery of BioMarin’s threat, incident, and CSOC capabilities. Establish a multi-year workforce plan to ensure that resourcing keeps pace with business need.
  • Establish and monitor key performance indicators for threat, incident, and CSOC capabilities and ensure that performance goals are achieved.
  • Work with Global Head of Cybersecurity and other members of the Cybersecurity Leadership Team to establish and execute a long-term cybersecurity roadmap that appropriately addresses the cybersecurity risks to BioMarin.
  • Develop and refine playbooks, workflow, and process mapping ensuring proper escalation and handoffs with Cybersecurity, Privacy, Legal, Physical Security and Business Facing IT teams.
  • Develops and maintains Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and metrics, providing weekly and monthly reports to senior management.
  • Work cross-functionally at all levels of the organization to build and operate cybersecurity incident management capabilities to reduce the likelihood and impact of cybersecurity incidents.


Other Requirements:

  • 4-year degree in computer science or related combined work/education experience.
  • Professional security management certification preferred (e.g., CISSP, CISM).
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of experience in a cybersecurity leadership role.
  • Strong hands-on experience in related cybersecurity technologies and tools. Including but not limited to Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW), Web Application Firewalls (WAP), Unified Threat Management (UTM), Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), Network Access Control (NAC), Endpoint Detect and Response (EDR), security appliances, software, and vendor specific utilities.
  • Knowledge of common information security management frameworks and practices, such as US NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), ISO/IEC 27001, GDPR, and HIPAA.
  • Knowledge of Mitre ATT&CK, Diamond Model, CVSS, and industry standard threat modeling.
  • Experience working with Biotech or Pharmaceutical companies a plus.

PLEASE NOTE: Absent a Medical or Religious reason that prohibits vaccinations, all our incoming employees must be vaccinated for COVID-19.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


BioMarin is a global biotechnology company dedicated to transforming lives through genetic discovery. In 1997, the company was founded to make a big difference in small patient populations, focusing on giving much-needed attention to the underserved communities of those with rare diseases. BioMarin sought to help patients whose voices could not always be heard and treat conditions that were not always in mainstream medical conversations. Throughout its history, BioMarin has worked tirelessly to make a difference by pursuing bold science. The company’s first approved therapy was inspired by a father who refused to accept there was no therapy for his son’s rare diagnosis. That relentless pursuit to change the course of his son’s future through the power of science is at the core of who BioMarin is today.

Through the company’s expertise in genetics and molecular biology, BioMarin has developed eight first or best-in-class targeted therapies that address the root cause of the conditions it seeks to treat, helping to better the lives of those struggling with rare genetic disease. The company’s purposeful and scientifically precise team of physicians and scientists has honed each treatment modality to seek transformative therapies.

Now, BioMarin seeks to make an even greater impact by applying the same science-driven, patient-forward approach that propelled the last 25 plus years of drug development to larger genetic disorders, as well as genetic subsets of more common conditions. Each drug candidate pursued is guided by a fundamental understanding of the genetics and underlying biology of the condition it will address. The company believes that applying its knowledge to make a transformative impact is not just a calling, but an obligation to those who will benefit most. The more innovative solutions developed, the more lives BioMarin can impact.

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