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BMO Financial Group Cyber Security Cryptography Advisor in Virtual, Washington


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The Financial Crimes Unit (FCU) brings together our Cybersecurity, Fraud, Physical Security and Resilience Planning capabilities to address the ever-growing and increasingly complex global security environment. It is a highly collaborative effort that greatly enhances BMO’s ability to rapidly prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from all security & crisis threats. This position offers a unique experience to learn from experienced leaders in the industry, join a team building the 21st century model for security and helping grow the good by protecting our customers and communities.

Come join us and be part of a team that is critical to BMO's long term goals and instrumental to the success and implementation of BMO's Digitization strategy. Our team oversees BMO's Cryptography domain by providing governance of Certificate and key lifecycle process as well as managing relationships between SWIFT and PCI members.

In your role, you will be a technical subject matter expert for BMO's internal and external Certificate Authority which is also integrated with Venafi, and you will provide guidance on using PKI and encryption solutions. You will also provide expertise in Hardware Security Modules and provide technical support for PKI and Encryption solutions.

Mandates : Develops, tests and implements information security platform/infrastructure strategies for the Bank. Provides cybersecurity subject matter expertise and advanced technical support. Builds the plans and roadmaps for future-focused information security solutions based on technical and business strategies, organizational growth and anticipated changes in the threat landscape. Works with stakeholders to recommend information security solutions based on engineering requirements. Ensures that information security systems and infrastructure align with business value and are technically sound and well-integrated. Provides timely response to escalations of critical issues to evaluate solutions, coordinate recovery and ensure resolution.

  • Acts as a trusted advisor to assigned business/group.

  • Contributes to strategic plans, technology roadmaps, and standards and promotes adherence to them.

  • Anticipates and reduces complexity for others.

  • Leads detailed design reviews and makes recommendations for changes/enhancements.

  • Takes a leadership role in projects to implement new capabilities, significant upgrades, and product retirement.

  • Designs, develops, tests, implements & maintains information security platforms to meet requirements for security functionality, performance, scalability and resiliency.

  • Researches and tests new cybersecurity products and innovations to support tactical and strategic decision making.

  • Provides advice, counsel and support on information security platforms and services and recommends solutions.

  • Develops and implements changes to streamline and integrate security processes and systems in the organization.

  • Leads continuous improvement activities and root cause analysis with the goal of strengthening information security capabilities.

  • Builds effective relationships with internal/external stakeholders.

  • Troubleshoots complex issues with internal and external stakeholders as required.

  • Breaks down strategic problems, and analyses data and information to provide insights and recommendations.

  • Identifies opportunities to strengthen the information security capability at BMO, such as: sharing expertise to promote technical development, mentoring employees, building communities and professional networks across BMO.

  • Stays abreast of industry technical and business trends through participation in professional associations, practice communities & individual learning.

  • Ensures consistent, high quality practices/work and the achievement of business results in alignment with business/group strategies and with productivity goals.

  • Understands the scope of complexity that exists in the computing environment and the ways which security platforms impact that environment.

  • Focus is primarily on business/group within BMO; may have broader, enterprise-wide focus.

  • Provides specialized consulting, analytical and technical support.

  • Exercises judgment to identify, diagnose, and solve problems within given rules.

  • Works independently and regularly handles non-routine situations.

  • Broader work or accountabilities may be assigned as needed.


  • Min of 3 years MSPKI experience which includes the implementation and support of MSPKI

  • Min of 3 years HashiCorp Vault or CyberArk Conjur with good exposure to Cloud Secrets Management

  • Min of 3 years Venafi experience

  • Min of 3 years exposure to Hardware Security Modules ( HSM)

  • Typically between 4 - 7 years of relevant experience and a post-secondary degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Information Systems, Information Security, or a related field of study or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Has at least one certification in a related field, with strong preference for Information security certifications from a well-recognized institution (e.g. (ISC)2, ISACA, SANS).

  • Understanding of multiple information security platforms and able to solve complex issues, with deep/advanced understanding of at least one information security platform - In-depth.

  • Technical and system-level expertise in one or more information security solutions and/or extensive background in IT design and engineering.

  • Knowledge of information security design and engineering concepts, practices, and technology obtained through formal training and work experience - In-depth.

  • Knowledge of the technical/business environment and the corporate processes and procedures - In-depth.

  • Deep knowledge and technical proficiency gained through extensive education and business experience.

  • Verbal & written communication skills - In-depth.

  • Collaboration & team skills - In-depth.

  • Analytical and problem solving skills - In-depth.

  • Influence skills - In-depth.

  • Data driven decision making - In-depth.

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BMO Financial Group Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $728 billion as of October 31, 2018, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.We serve Canadian clients through BMO Bank of Montreal®, our personal and commercial banking business, BMO Nesbitt Burns®*, one of Canada's leading wealth management firms, and BMO Capital Markets™, our North American investment and corporate banking division.In the United States, clients are served through BMO Harris Bank, a major U.S. Midwest personal and commercial bank, and BMO Private Bank, with wealth management offices across the United States, as well as BMO Capital Markets™, our North American investment and corporate banking division.We help our customers make money make sense by delivering the broadest range of financial services through a single point of contact. Our financial service professionals provide access to any services our customers require across the entire enterprise.