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MasterCard Cybersecurity Senior Counsel in New York City, New York

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Job Title

Cybersecurity Senior Counsel


Mastercard is seeking a Cybersecurity Senior Counsel to join our global law team supporting Mastercard Technology focused on driving innovative legal coverage for important technology initiatives, transactions and operations while ensuring security is at the heart of everything we do. The team works closely with partners across Mastercard in technology, operations, data privacy, regulatory, public policy, product and regional teams, as well as other colleagues in the law department.

This front-line position will interface with internal and external stakeholders and primarily involve providing legal support to Mastercard’s Corporate Security unit, including Mastercard’s Chief Security Officer and Fusion Center, security threat and response management, technology operations and enterprise architecture, customer and vendor contract negotiations and assessments, regulatory and public policy engagement on cybersecurity matters, info security enterprise certification support and managing potential technology and security legal risks related to the Mastercard enterprise including its core payments business and acquired businesses, as well as advise on emerging technology matters such as open source and cloud governance.

The position will be based in either Mastercard’s St. Louis Tech Hub or New York City Tech Hub, with hybrid flexibility, and will report to the SVP, Asst GC, Marketing & Technology.


General Responsibilities

• Responsible for providing high quality, specialized and practical commercial legal advice to assigned business units and markets, providing comprehensive, end-to-end legal support by facilitating thoughtful risk-taking to enable Mastercard to deliver on strategy

• Acts as the principal day-to-day advisor for clients, including partnering with the business and legal specialists to implement applicable laws and regulations that impact cyber and information security, facilitate commercial operations and activities

• Autonomously structures, drafts, reviews and negotiates sophisticated legal agreements related to business operations and activities, including customer and vendor contracts, identifying risk, recommending modifications and approvals of legal agreements

• Communicates changes in laws and regulations and trains and educates clients on risks, legal consequences, and alternative actions, as needed

• Partners with legal specialists and outside counsels to coordinate research, investigate legal issues, and ensure compliance with regulations

• Coaches and mentors others while serving as a technology and cybersecurity legal expert, often leading cross-functional strategic initiatives and sharing legal knowledge for a business and/or market.

• Successfully represent Mastercard at external industry events, sharing best practices, etc., to enhance the organization's brand

All About You:

Preferred Experience

• Relevant Government, in-house or law firm experience managing and resolving cyber investigations and computer crimes

• Demonstrated knowledge and experience with information security laws and regulations and ability to translate that knowledge to deliver relevant and actionable guidance to business

• Experience working on policy issues related to information security and cybersecurity and threat sharing as it intersects with data privacy and cybersecurity

• Experience supporting evolving global cybersecurity programs and knowledge of cybersecurity technology tools and capabilities

• Experience with cybersecurity standards, frameworks, risk assessments and certification processes such as ISO and other compliance frameworks, and customer and supplier contract negotiations related thereto

• Are you passionate about security? Do you want to have a true impact on the security of how the world transacts?

• Can you demonstrate a high level of expertise within the cybersecurity discipline?

• Can you proactively identify risks that could impact MasterCard or our industry?

• Can you demonstrate the ability to articulate strategies and define solutions to enable secure platforms, applications, software and cyber architecture?

• Law degree from an established and reputable university.

• Demonstrated cybersecurity background in government, law firm or in-house

• General understanding of regulatory environment, government and law enforcement as it relates to cyber investigations and computer crimes, and incident and threat reporting

• Sound business and legal judgment

• Proficiency in contract drafting and negotiation and experience in commercial practices generally are required.

• Aside from being a proven individual contributor, must be able to work as part of a team, and have strong collaborative and multi-tasking skills and experience with coordinating cross-functional teams to execute initiatives and transactions.

• Must be able to strike a balance between the two principal objectives of being a facilitator to the business and protecting the interests of the company.

• Quick learner, stress resistant, ability to grasp complex new business concepts, good commercial acumen, and creative approach to problem-solving.

• A proactive, time-sensitive, results driven approach in carrying out all duties, obligations, and responsibilities.

Mastercard is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disabled or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Corporate Security Responsibility

All activities involving access to Mastercard assets, information, and networks comes with an inherent risk to the organization and, therefore, it is expected that every person working for, or on behalf of, Mastercard is responsible for information security and must:

  • Abide by Mastercard’s security policies and practices;

  • Ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the information being accessed;

  • Report any suspected information security violation or breach, and

  • Complete all periodic mandatory security trainings in accordance with Mastercard’s guidelines.

NYC Salary Range: $159,000 - $247,000

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Requisition ID: R-183604