Chief Information Security Officer
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
£68500 - £72000
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At the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), we take on one of the widest remits in Whitehall to make markets work for businesses, consumers and employees. What we do is core to the country's success, pushing science, research and innovation to their full potential and giving business a platform to thrive internationally. As a department we're considering the impact of the UK's impending exit from the European Union as well as developing solutions that will benefit British people for years to come. But all of this relies on secure IT systems, and we need multi-talented cyber security leaders to provide the crucial protection that allows us - and the nation - to succeed.
As our Chief Information Security Officer, you'll take on a critical senior leadership role within BEIS, preventing disruption to our services while helping us continuously innovate and evolve our cyber security. Reporting to our Senior Security Advisor, the role covers a diverse range of exciting and challenging projects. You'll work alongside accredited experts to develop security strategy, implement controls, deal with threats and embed best practice throughout the department. What's more, you'll have access to cutting edge information to widen the scope of your role, along with a comprehensive cross-government development programme.
Leadership is also essential, as you'll not only advise other senior leaders but also set an example to junior colleagues, developing a team and empowering them towards ever-improving performance. Beyond this, you'll represent BEIS at national and international groups and boards, buildings key networks of contacts that will help us meet future challenges.
As part of your role, you should be willing to undergo developed vetting security clearance and take part in an out-of-hours duty officer rota.
We're looking for candidates with a strong track record in cyber security at senior management level. This includes delivering transformational security improvements, leading innovation and managing a complex portfolio of projects. You should also be comfortable monitoring large budgets and motivating teams. You'll also bring a wide knowledge of cyber security and IT to the table, including relevant legislation, emerging threats and security standards such as ISO/IEC 27001, Cyber Essentials and COBIT. Full membership of the Institute of Information Security Professionals, Security Institute or an equivalent organisation is highly desirable.
A natural communicator and collaborator, you'll be able to inspire colleagues and articulate strategy in a clear, engaging way. You'll also take a creative and analytical approach to your work depending on the situation, balancing competing demands and achieving strong results.
In terms of qualifications, you may be a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or a Certified Information systems Auditor (CISA). An MSc in Information Security is also desirable, along with a relevant senior or lead level certification with the NCSC.
We offer an excellent benefits package to everyone at BEIS, including generous annual leave, flexible working and the highly competitive Civil Service pension, not to mention a wide range of rewards and incentives. We're also committed to helping you build a brilliant career, and with us you can take advantage of quality development and mentoring programmes as well as wider Civil Service schemes.
Closing date: 2 February 2020.