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Lead Information Security Advisor

  • Sydney, Australia
  • CIO
  • Added


Here at Appian, our core values of Respect, Work to Impact, Ambition, and Constructive Dissent & Resolution define who we are. In short, this means we constantly seek to understand the best for our customers, we go beyond completion in our work, we strive for excellence with intensity, and we embrace candid communication. These values guide our actions and shape our culture every day.  When you join Appian, you'll be part of a passionate team that's dedicated to accomplishing hard things.

We are looking for an Lead Information Security Advisor to join the CISO team at Appian. The successful candidate will provide responses to customer and prospect queries regarding the Appian platform and its products, covering security, compliance, and privacy questions in the pre/sales pipeline and lead Customer Audits for our regulatory or Enterprise Support customers.  This individual will also lead customer-facing security meetings. Experience with risk management consulting is highly preferred. This position will report to Appian’s Field CISO that leads the customer-facing Security Enablement team within the Appian Information Security team. Before and after regular business hours may be required. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide thought leadership and subject matter expertise in compliance across industries (Financial Services, Insurance, Health Life Sciences, Manufacturing) and specific APJ region public sector compliance requirements.
  • Interact with customer/prospects, and translates customer security and compliance requirements into the overall Information Security program
  • Support the Sales and Proposal organizations in the procurement phase and due diligence phases by responding to customer security questionnaires, evidence/audit requests, and meeting with security teams to successfully articulate the security and compliance of Appian. 
  • Work to impact and scale by developing and improving process effectiveness and efficiency within our small elite Security Enablement team•
  • Liaise with Security Counsel on security addendum reviews as appropriate
  • Partner with the Sales and Support organizations in the Sales process
  • Create customer facing security white papers to help document narratives on Appian’s Security program
  • Contribute to creating and updating security responses in our security questionnaire automation tool to help ensure that security responses are accurate.
  • Understand the customer’s risk posture and be able to articulate Appian’s security measures in place to mitigate the risk concerns.
  • Work closely with our Product Security team to address customer security questions in the product development process 

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • Excellent English skills and the ability to read critically, write persuasively, and speak fluently
  • Effective writing and interpersonal skills
  • Self-starter, taking the initiative to handle complex challenges, prioritizing multiple ongoing projects, and developing quick turn-around contract management strategies
  • Excellent process-building and program management skills
  • Skilled with Google G Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and other software tools as required
  • Solid business judgment


  • BS or equivalent experience
  • Experience with compliance frameworks/requirements (e.g., FedRAMP, HIPAA, ISO 27001, PCI DSS, MTCS, ISMAP, IRAP, NZISM)
  • Security certifications (E.g.; CISSP, CISA, Security +) is preferred but not required
  • Excellent writing and communication skills with the ability to lead presentations
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Confidence to be able to champion the voice of security internally and externally even in adverse situations
  • Detail-oriented, strategic, and have a deep understanding of risk management and security best practices


Tools and Resource 

  • Training and Development: During onboarding, we focus on equipping new hires with the skills and knowledge for success through department-specific training. Continuous learning is a central focus at Appian, with dedicated mentorship and the First-Friend program being widely utilized resources for new hires. 
  • Growth Opportunities: Appian provides a diverse array of growth and development opportunities, including our leadership program tailored for new and aspiring managers, a comprehensive library of specialized department training through Appian University, skills based training, and tuition reimbursement for those aiming to advance their education. This commitment ensures that employees have access to a holistic range of development opportunities.
  • Community: We’ll immerse you into our community rooted in respect starting on day one. Appian fosters inclusivity through our 8 employee-led affinity groups . These groups help employees build stronger internal and external networks by planning social, educational, and outreach activities to connect with Appianites and larger initiatives throughout the company.

About Appian

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