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Black Hills Energy IT Security Analyst II or Sr. in Rapid City, South Dakota

IT Security Analyst II or Sr.

Location: Rapid City, SD, United States

Job ID: 33243

Date Posted: Nov 18, 2020

Salary: $74800to $112200annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

This position requires relocation to our Corporate Headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota. See relocation details below!

The Security Analyst is a key member of the IT Compliance & Security team, focusing on the technologies, processes, and procedures that help the Company meet regulatory obligations and general business security needs. With minimal supervision this person will identify needs and vulnerabilities and work with the appropriate groups to implement measures to fulfill those needs and mitigate vulnerabilities.

SALARY GRADE: Level II: $74,800-$112,200, Level Sr: $91,200-$150,450 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:Manager of Corporate Security & IT Compliance

LOCATION: Our Corporate Headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota

  • You’ll find this is the ideal community to live, work and do business in. With hiking trails, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park in your backyard, there are endless opportunities to enjoy nature. To learn more about our locations, please visit thelocations pageon our career website.

  • A Comprehensive Relocation Plan is offered for this position! Our benefits include but are not limited to: home finding trip, transportation of household goods, temporary housing expenses, destination apartment search assistance, paid time off to move, transition and spousal career support, home finder and purchase assistance, relocation adjustment allowance, destination new purchase closing costs. Depending on individual circumstances, our benefit may also include trips home during temporary housing, renter’s lease cancellation assistance, or home marketing and sale closing cost assistance and/or purchase closing cost assistance. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.


  • Act as primary resource responsible for installation, maintenance and administration for security related software applications and systems. Systems may include products such as end-point security, anti-malware, 2-factor access controls, IDS/IPS, or logging and monitoring systems.

  • Partner in the development, testing, and implementation of security plans, products, and control techniques.

  • Perform access control and account administration of critical information resources and key users.

  • Participate in the evaluation of vendor proposals, conduct process analysis, review information security architectures and recommend modifications to the information security operation to reduce costs or improve service.

  • Test and implement appropriate security methods and control techniques such as firewalls, intrusion detection software, data encryption, etc.

  • Track projects and report status to appropriate management.

  • Help to develop communications and actively promote related campaigns for information security awareness among all staff.

  • Maintain an awareness of existing and proposed security standard setting groups, State and Federal legislation and regulations pertaining to information security.

  • Stay abreast of regulatory changes that will affect information security policy, standards and procedures, and recommend appropriate changes.

  • Installation and support of physical security control systems (Cardkey, videoDVR, etc) software and hardware.

  • Help ensure Company meets all applicable regulations, including NERC-CIP, SOX, etc.

  • Perform system audits, user audits and network audits on a scheduled or as needed basis.


Level II:

  • Minimum of three (3) years of IT experience in System Administration, Network Design or Information Security is required.

  • Physical Security experience preferred.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Security or related field preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • CISSP/GIAC Security Certifications preferred.

Level Sr:

  • Minimum of of five (5) years of IT experience in System Administration, Network Design or Information Security is required.

  • Minimum of three (3) years of IT experience with specialized security development experience involving security-related applications and/or systems required.

  • Physical Security experience preferred.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Information Assurance or related degree required; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • CISSP/GIAC Security Certifications preferred.


  • Strong understanding of Windows and/or Linux system installation and administration.

  • General understanding of Information Security concepts.

  • Detailed knowledge of one or more of the following: Windows Server OS, UNIX/Linux OS, firewall or NextGen Firewall installation/administration, IDS/IPS products, vulnerability assessment and management products, networks (routing, switching, design, etc.), scripting/programming ( Perl, Python, PowerShell,etc.) preferred.

  • Knowledge of physical security architecture and systems.

  • Knowledge of current regulatory environment, including NERC-CIP and SOX.

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and complete multiple projects in a timely manner.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate with both technical and non-technical people.

  • Ability to handle confidential and proprietary information with discretion.

  • Able to work with minimal supervision, handle multiple projects simultaneously, assist with coordinating a variety of work functions and adapt to critical timelines.

  • Ability to troubleshoot system and maintenance problems.


The mental and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental Requirements: Ability to understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Ability to apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continuously (67% or more) required to: use fingers and hands, communicate, and have close visual acuity. Employee is frequently (34-66%) required to: reach, push/pull, ascend/descend stairs, position self to access lower items, and move about the office. Employee must be able to operate routine office equipment including computers and similar equipment. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 6-8 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Must be capable of regular, reliable, and timely attendance.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include: Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or continuously to lift, carry, push, pull or sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work environment: Must be able to routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level. Must be capable of up to 10% travel (e.g. 2 days/month) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities. Travel will be necessary to conduct the duties of this job, and the employee must have the ability to drive and have proper licensing.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

About our Company:We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2900 employees and serve 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package:annual incentive program, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

Black Hills Corporation does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Black Hills Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.

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Wage: 74800 to 112200