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Principal Info Security Engineer (cloud) in Des Moines, Iowa

Come join a team that is passionate about data security! You will have the opportunity to contribute to strategy by researching, recommending, architecting and implementing security solutions and controls aimed at protecting our most sensitive data. Initial focus will be on Data Loss Prevention and related Insider Threat capabilities. We are looking for someone to utilize their influence and relationship skills to lead and contribute to efforts that expand our global data protection capabilities and evolve team practices!

Here are few examples of the kinds of things you’ll do :

  • This position will work side-by-side security engineers and analysts passionate about protecting our confidential data, intellectual property and defending against insider risk.

  • Establish data discovery, classification, content inspection, and encryption solutions to help mitigate the risk of data loss, unauthorized use of or access to regulated or high value data and minimize the risks of data breaches.

  • Demonstrate information security expertise to transform security, privacy, and data policies into technical rules to detect misuse of data with appropriate alerting and response processes.

  • Review and analyze complex data and information to provide insights, conclusions and meaningful data protection recommendations that align with business needs and processes.

  • Define business and technical requirements for data loss and insider threat detection and prevention solutions.

  • Recommend, architect and design solutions that ensure successful human-technology interactions while protecting our sensitive data.

  • Develop, test and implement new and changing data protection processes and procedures while ensuring solutions align to an operational framework that is optimized for team efficiency.

  • Work with solutions that improve data protection for SaaS/Paas/IaaS environments.

We’re looking for someone with:

  • Associate's or bachelor’s degree with a preference in a computer science, technology, engineering, or math related field or equivalent work experience and 3+ years of related Info Security experience (examples could include hands-on troubleshooting, analysis, coding, or technical expertise to resolve incidents and service requests)

  • Data Loss Prevention experience (DLP, encryption or data classification are a few examples)

  • Experience with scripting using RESTful API, PowerShell, Python, and/or other automation tools

Additional preferred technical experience:

  • Experience with Cloud security technologies and techniques (AWS preferred)

  • Experience leading and managing initiatives and system implementations

  • Experience with analyzing and interpreting data from different sources, detailing the results and providing meaningful analysis reports and briefings

  • Experience with data protection technologies and cloud tooling (Data Classification, DLP,, Encryption, and CASB solutions)

  • Understanding of infrastructure services including firewalls, networks and proxies.

  • Experience utilizing reporting tooling (PowerBI, etc.)

  • Data leakage/content monitoring and filtering

  • Insider Threat or User Behavior Analytics technologies

Keys to success in this position:

  • Ability to communicate/interact with various audiences, including senior leaders

  • Strong deductive reasoning, critical thinking, problem solving, and prioritization skills

  • Ability to think strategically and work quickly

  • Analytical skills and high attention to detail and accuracy

  • Passion for continuous learning


There may be on-call responsibilties with this role.

Job level

We’ll consider talent at the next level with the right experiences and skills.

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not considering candidates that need any type of immigration sponsorship (additional work authorization or permanent work authorization) now or in the future to work in the United States? This includes, but IS NOT LIMITED TO: F1-OPT, F1-CPT, H-1B, TN, L-1, J-1, etc. For additional information around work authorization needs please use the following links. and

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Experience Principal

While our expertise spans the globe, we're bound by one common purpose: to foster a world where financial security is accessible to all. And our success depends on the unique experiences, backgrounds, and talents of our employees – individually and all of us together. Explore our core values, benefits and why we’re an exceptional place to grow your career.

Principal 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, or veteran status.


Requisition ID: 2021-30303

Enterprise Segment: Corporate

Business Area: Information Services

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt