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Company: Cognizant
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Career Level: Director
Industries: Technology, Software, IT, Electronics


Description of Organization

Cognizant Corporate Security, a key organization within Cognizant Technology Solutions, is chartered with managing and directing the global enterprise physical and logical security programs.  The Corporate Security organization is responsible for the oversight and coordination of security efforts across the company, including information technology, human resources, communications, legal, facilities management and various other groups, and is responsible for identifying security initiatives and standards.  Corporate Security drives security compliance and serves as the key organization responsible with helping the business appropriately manage security risks.


Description of Role

Cognizant is seeking a Director, Data Protection to oversee the Corporate Security's data protection strategy, regulatory compliance, training of staff, communication with regulators, and understanding relevant data processing risks across internal systems. 


The candidate will possess expert knowledge of data protection law and practices, along with an understanding of Cognizant's infrastructure, technology, and organizational structure. In this role, a risk-based approach to data protection should be taken and they will be the primary point of contact for Corporate Security with regard to potential complaints, queries, notices, and other notification requirements. Overall, an ideal candidate will possess a combination of legal knowledge, technical background, and communication skills, along with a strong sense of credibility, integrity, and independence.



General Compliance

  • Inform and advise Corporate Security, including staff who process personal data, of their obligations as per data protection provisions. The candidate will provide recommendations about the interpretation and application of all relevant data protection rules.

  • Provide support to GDPR Program and other local data protection provisions and policies in relation to the protection of personal data.

  • Inform Corporate Security of any failure to comply with the applicable data protection rules.

  • Conduct data audits to ensure compliance and address potential issues proactively.

  • Oversee implementation of compliance tools.

  • Develop process to conduct due diligence to ensure information shared with partners/suppliers is in alignment with all requirements, protocols, and codes pertaining to personal data.

  • Maintain comprehensive records for all data processing activities conducted by the company (such as with a Record of Processing), including the purpose of all processing activities, which may be shared on request.



  • Develop, review, and update new and existing documentation, including privacy policies, security policies, cookie policies, retention schedule, subject access requests, and others.

  • Develop and integrate incident, breach, and data loss management and notification processes into the general incident response process

  • Author technical data protection standards relating to cryptography methods and encryption solutions as needed.



  • Maintain a risk assessment process for personal data, including providing advice on performing data protection impact assessments (DPIA) and monitoring continued performance. 

  • Report into existing Corporate Security Risk Register of processing operations within Cognizant and notify managers regarding the specific risks, as necessary.


Awareness and Training

  • Educate Cognizant and its employees on important compliance requirements.

  • Raise awareness and provide training material to staff involved with processing operations and related audits.

  • Provide thought leadership as it pertains to data protection efforts and provide a forward-looking view into trends that relate to controls, algorithms, and methods

  • Serve as the SME and “go-to” individual for all data protection, masking, encryption, obfuscation, tokenization efforts across Cognizant developed applications, services, and environments.



  • Act as the point of contact between regulators.

  • Facilitate communications with data subjects regarding the use of their data, their rights to have their personal data erased, and the measures that Cognizant has implemented to protect their personal data.

  • Handle queries, complaints, and other communication on request by the controller, vendors, customers, and other person(s).

Employee Status : Full Time Employee

Shift : Day Job

Travel : No

Job Posting : Jun 18 2020

About Cognizant

Cognizant (Nasdaq-100: CTSH) is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 194 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital at or follow us @USJobsCognizant.

Cognizant is recognized as a Military Friendly Employer and is a coalition member of the Veteran Jobs Mission. Our Cognizant Veterans Network assists Veterans in building and growing a career at Cognizant that allows them to leverage the leadership, loyalty, integrity, and commitment to excellence instilled in them through participation in military service.

Cognizant is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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