Director, Cyber Defense

Date:  Jul 14, 2024
Job Requisition ID:  1316
Company:  Hanesbrands Inc
Brand:  Corporate

Winston-Salem, NC, US, 27105


HanesBrands (NYSE: HBI) makes everyday apparel that is known and loved by consumers around the world for comfort, quality and value. Among the company’s iconic brands are Hanes, the leading basic apparel brand in the United States; Champion, an innovator at the intersection of lifestyle and athletic apparel; Bonds, which is setting new standards for design and sustainability; Maidenform, America’s number one shapewear brand; and Bali, America’s number one bra brand. HBI employs 48,000 associates in 29 countries and has built a strong reputation for workplace quality and ethical business practices. The company, a longtime leader in sustainability, has set aggressive 2030 goals to improve the lives of people, protect the planet and produce sustainable products. HBI is building on its unmatched strengths to unlock its #FullPotential and deliver long-term growth that benefits all of its stakeholders.


We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Director of Cyber Defense to lead our cybersecurity efforts. The ideal candidate will be responsible for developing and executing strategies to safeguard our organization's digital infrastructure, systems, and data against cyber threats and attacks.



  • Develop and implement comprehensive cyber defense strategies and initiatives to protect against advanced cyber threats.
  • Lead a team of cybersecurity professionals in monitoring, detecting, and responding to security incidents.
  • Oversee the design, implementation, and management of security controls and technologies to defend against cyber threats.
  • Conduct regular security assessments and vulnerability testing to identify and mitigate risks.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure cybersecurity best practices are integrated into business processes and projects.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with external cybersecurity partners, vendors, and law enforcement agencies.
  • Keep abreast of the latest cybersecurity trends, threats, and technologies to continually enhance the organization's cyber defense capabilities.
  • Prepare and present regular reports to senior management on cyber defense performance, incidents, and risk posture.
  • Plan and execute regular incident response and postmortem exercises, with a focus on creating measurable benchmarks to show progress (or deficiencies requiring additional attention).
  • Automate repetitive tasks and drive efficiencies so analysts can work on more advanced tasks.
  • Manage security event investigations, partnering with other departments as needed.
  • Evaluate and update SOC policies and procedures as appropriate.
  • Develop metrics and scorecards to measure risk to the organization, as well as effectiveness and efficiency of SOC associates.
  • Partner with the security engineering team to improve tool usage and workflow, as well as with the advanced threats and assessment team to mature monitoring and response capabilities.


  • Minimum Education/ Experience: Bachelor's degree with 10+ years relevant work experience including prior management experience; 4+ years of equivalent work experience can be substituted for Bachelor's degree
  • Preferred Education/ Experience: Master's degree with 8+ years relevant work experience
  • Required Certification(s): Security Essentials – SEC401 (GSEC certification), Computer Forensic Investigation – Windows In-Depth - FOR408, Security Incident Handling and Forensic - FOR 508 Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Preferred Certifications: Relevant cybersecurity certifications (e.g., CISSP, CISM, GIAC) preferred.
  • Proven experience (8+ years) in cybersecurity with a focus on cyber defense, incident response, and security operations.

  • In-depth knowledge of cybersecurity frameworks, standards, and best practices (e.g., NIST, ISO/IEC 27001, CIS Controls).

  • Experience in deploying and managing security technologies such as SIEM, IDS/IPS, endpoint protection, and threat intelligence platforms.

  • Experience managing security information and event management (SIEM) systems, threat intelligence platforms, security automation and orchestration solutions, intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS), file integrity monitoring (FIM), data loss prevention (DLP) and other network and system monitoring tools.

  • Experience in investigations using formal chain-of-custody methods, forensic tools and best practices.

  • Experience driving measurable improvement in monitoring and response capabilities at scale.


Job Specific Competencies:

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to assess complex security issues and develop effective solutions.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate cybersecurity concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Strong leadership skills with demonstrated experience in managing and developing cybersecurity team


Core Competencies

  •  Data Fluency
  • Written/verbal communication and listening
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship skills
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Results orientation
  • Adaptability


Core Values

  • Play to Win - We expect to win, working together to drive results. We push ourselves to simplify and innovate. When we fail, learn from it. We will break with the past when necessary to move forward.
  • Act Like Owners - We take action. We build relationships across functions so we can see the company holistically and seek out opportunities for improvement. We’re willing to sacrifice in one area if that leads to our overall success.
  • Do What’s Right - We behave ethically. We are transparent. We share information about the factors influencing our actions. Our behavior aligns with our values. Our products make the world a better place.
  • Create Opportunity for All - With success comes opportunity. Everyone is respected and included. We provide opportunities for all associates to reach their Full Potential. 


This position requires full COVID-19 vaccination. Applicants may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons by contacting


To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status


EOE/AA: Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled

Only applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly:  

Telephone: 877.999.5553


Nearest Major Market: Winston-Salem

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