Anti-piracy security consultant

Company : The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM)
Location : Global
Closing Date : 30th April 2020
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The Scholarly Networks Security Initiative (SNSI) seeks to contract an experienced security consultant for 6-12 months to develop best practice in digital anti-piracy and deliver technical cross-company initiatives within academic publishing. The role is contracted by The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) and you will work with members of the Scholarly Networks Security Initiative to review the current state of technical anti-piracy measures and develop a best practice for the industry. Building on this you will manage the creation of cross-industry capability that fights piracy of academic books and journals.

This role demands a thorough understanding of security threats and compromise methods. The post is available now, full time, and will work with stakeholders primarily in the UK and USA. A small amount of travel may be necessary, but the work will be largely online with publishers and university libraries.

Experience Required:

  • Knowledge of attack lifecycles and threat actor abuse cases
  • Demonstrable experience in securing systems in a multi-vendor environment, with systems spread across internally hosted and Cloud systems IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.
  • Proven experience of designing and implementing defensive capabilities
  • Understanding of Cybersecurity standards and frameworks, e.g. CIS, OWASP, SANS, NIST.
  • Ideally, previous experience of working in a Security Operations Centre
  • Understanding of server, browser, application and network technologies
  • Proven ability of managing, and ideally being managed by, multiple stakeholders within an industry collaboration.
  • Optional: knowledge of electronic Publishing in particular how university library systems work and how they search and deliver academic content from publishers.


If you would like to apply, please contact, by the end of April 2020 (No Agencies).

At STM we support our members in their mission to advance research worldwide. Our 150 members based in over 20 countries around the world collectively publish 66% of all journal articles and tens of thousands of monographs and reference works. As academic and professional publishers, learned societies, university presses, start-ups and established players we work together to serve society by developing standards and technology to ensure research is of high quality, trustworthy and easy to access. We promote the contribution that publishers make to innovation, openness and the sharing of knowledge and embrace change to support the growth and sustainability of the research ecosystem. As a common good, we provide data and analysis for all involved in the global activity of research.

The Scholarly Networks Security Initiative brings together publishers and institutions to solve cyber challenges threatening the integrity of the scientific record, scholarly systems and the safety of personal data. The group will explore, for example, how the dangers related to Sci-Hub use can be included in information literacy and other library outreach programs.

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