Cybersecurity Policy Executive at IBM (Washington DC)

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Your Role and Responsibilities

The position will be responsible for designing and leading advocacy for IBM on critical cybersecurity issues such as encryption, data security, supply chain security, threat intelligence sharing, cloud certifications, and government access to data.

The Cybersecurity Executive for Government and Regulatory Affairs (GRA) will identify and implement proactive public policy positions and advocacy campaigns to favorably impact the company's operating environment in the U.S. and worldwide. S/he will also build effective relationships and develop alliances.

Reporting to the Vice President, Technology and Science Policy, s/he will advance IBM cybersecurity policy objectives in relation to some of the most critical technology developments today around AI, quantum, privacy, 5G, and edge computing. Close collaboration across the Technology and Science team and the global GRA team, and key IBM business units is an essential element of the job.

Additionally, the Cybersecurity Policy Executive will:
  • Identify policy and regulatory accelerators and barriers for our cybersecurity priorities to inform the development of our policy positions.
  • Help design and manage the execution of policy campaigns, including messaging, coalition building, and events.
  • Discover and track relevant policy developments, including hearings, legislation, executive orders, etc.
  • Ensure coordination across IBM, especially with policy, security, cloud, Research, communications, and legal colleagues.
  • Prepare executive communications with pertinent information on policy developments, campaigns, activities for senior management.
  • Have and grow strategic relationships with leaders in federal agencies, Congress, business, and influencer communities.
  • Represent the company externally in trade associations and coalitions and at events, conferences, and government meetings.
The position will be a hybrid remote/onsite work model associated with our Washington D.C. office.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

The ideal candidate should be passionate about the potential of technology to positively transform industries and society. S/he should also have a strong understanding of the cybersecurity ecosystem as well as its interface with emerging technologies like AI and quantum. Deep functional experience in public policy, with proven relationships and proven relationship and coalition-building skills is also important, as well as demonstrated ability to:
  • Innovate, be proactive, and "move the needle" with regard to political and policy matters.
  • Envision, through collaboration, pro-active policy positions to advance business interests and anticipate changes in policy and regulation that could affect the company.
  • Develop and execute strategic plans and public policy campaigns.
  • Persuasively communicate cybersecurity policy positions and their implications at the highest levels of government and business.Be flexible, driven, and have a growth mindset and approach to teaming and problem identification and solving.
  • Collaborate effectively and build networks internally across business units and externally with diverse stakeholders.
  • Have a commercial outlook, exercise sound business judgment, and represent with integrity.

Preferred Technical and Professional Experience

  • Possess a Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • An advanced degree in public policy, international relations, or related field will be considered favorably.

Location Statement

IBM offers a wide range of resources for eligible IBMers to thrive both inside and outside of work. In addition to a competitive benefits program consisting of medical and life insurance, retirement plans, and time off, eligible employees may also have access to:
• 12 weeks of paid parental bonding leave. Family care options are also available to support eligible employees during COVID-19.• World-class training and educational resources on our personalized, AI-driven learning platform. IBM's learning culture supports your restless attitude to grow your skills and build the depth and scale of knowledge needed to achieve your career goals.• Well-being programs to support mental and physical health.• Financial programs that empower you to plan, save, and manage your money (including expert financial counseling, 401(k), IBM stock discount, etc.).• Select educational reimbursement opportunities.• Diverse and inclusive employee resource groups where you can network and connect with IBMers across the globe.• Giving and volunteer programs to benefit charitable organizations and local communities.• Discounts on retail products, services, and experiences.

We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

IBM will not be providing visa sponsorship for this position now or in the future. Therefore, in order to be considered for this position, you must have the ability to work without a need for current or future visa sponsorship.


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Your Life @ IBM

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Every IBMer, and potential ones like yourself, has a voice, carves their own path, and uses their expertise to help co-create and add to our story. Together, we have the power to make meaningful change - to alter the fabric of our clients, of society and IBM itself, to create a truly positive impact and make the world work better for everyone.

It's time to define your career.

About Business Unit

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About IBM

IBM's greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that through the application of intelligence, reason and science, we can improve business, society and the human condition, bringing the power of an open hybrid cloud and AI strategy to life for our clients and partners around the world.

Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are not only one of the largest corporate organizations in the world, we're also one of the biggest technology and consulting employers, with many of the Fortune 50 companies relying on the IBM Cloud to run their business.

At IBM, we pride ourselves on being an early adopter of artificial intelligence, quantum computing and blockchain. Now it's time for you to join us on our journey to being a responsible technology innovator and a force for good in the world.

IBM Vaccination Policy

This job requires you to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated prior to your start date, where legally permissible. Proof of vaccination status will be required. If you are unable to be vaccinated due to medical, pregnancy or religious reasons, we offer accommodations in accordance with applicable law.
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