Chief Information Security Officer - Accumulus Synergy Burlingame, California, United States Bookmark Share Print 92 0 2

Listing Description

Job Description

Accumulus is seeking a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).  This will be a key leadership role within our Technology Division, reporting directly to the Chief Technology Officer. The CISO is responsible for maintaining and continuing to develop a best-in-class security operation for our company and product, as well as guiding Accumulus through a number of important certifications necessary to gain the trust of life sciences organizations and health authorities.

Accumulus is a non-profit startup funded by some of the most well known companies in pharma. You can expect a unique blend of technical & people leadership, hands-on work, executive and sponsor relationship building,  and meaningful engagements with global health authorities. 


  • Oversee and grow a security operations team at Accumulus responsible for the Accumulus SaaS platform and IT landscape.

  • Develop, update, and own the execution of relevant policy & process to support Accumulus’ Quality Management System (QMS). Devise and execute training programs for these policies and processes, and for measuring their effectiveness.

  • Advise Accumulus product leadership on security requirements and risks for features in our product roadmap.

  • Advise executive leadership and our board of directors on security matters pertinent to Accumulus operations. 

  • Provide security subject matter expertise in Accumulus engagements with our sponsors, health authorities and customers from industry. 

  • Partner with legal counsel and our business operations division to run an effective Compliance & Risk Management team.

  • Obtain FedRAMP High certification in support of our commercial launch, followed by additional compliance certifications.


  • 10+ years experience in technical roles such as cloud engineering, administration, or as a consulting technologist, w/ minimum of 5 years focused on IT security and risk management.

  • Minimum of 3 years as a manager and leader, w/ past experience in hiring and managing highly technical staff (5 or more) and using outsourcing arrangements.

  • Knowledgeable regarding information security management frameworks such as ISO/IEC 27001 and NIST.

  • Knowledgeable of a variety of compliance frameworks and certifications:  FedRAMP,  HIPAA/HITECH, SOC-II and GxP’s “Part 11”.  You have orchestrated an initial certification under one or more of these programs and/or been responsible for recurring compliance.

  • Broad base of relevant technical knowledge to draw upon:

    • Cloud infrastructure & devops atop a major CSP: Azure, Google or AWS

    • Infrastructure-as-code frameworks

    • Scripting or programming ability

    • Security specific tools such as Splunk, Fortify,  Burp Suite, Nessus and similar.

  • Broad base of agile and traditional project management skills. Adept in using Scrum/Kanban for organizing teams, while still tracking project progress using more traditional methods (tasks w/ Gantt charts, etc).

  • First rate written and verbal communications.  Able to distill highly complex, technical concepts to multiple audiences:  board members and executives, customers, health authorities and non-technical staff.

  • Preferred: 

    • Graduate degree (MS in relevant field, MBA or JD) or certifications (CISSP, CISM or similar).

    • Experience w/ Accumulus chosen tech stack (Azure, Terraform, GitLab, Fortify, Splunk, etc)

    • Experience securing a SaaS product in regulated industry (pharma, life sciences, financial, health, defense)

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