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Principal Cyber Investigations Officer

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Recruiter: ICO
Listed on: 5th January
Location: The ICO’s headquarters are based in Wilmslow, Cheshire however there may be scope to offer some flexibility of location including a level of remote working from home.
Salary/Rate: £49,549 - £56,129
Salary Notes: plus pension and excellent benefits
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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Join us at an exciting time of change and expansion within our Cyber Incident Response and Investigation Team.

Do you have a knowledge of cyber security?

Are you a team player who is also capable of working alone?

Do you have exceptional communication and organisational skills?

About us

The ICO is the UK's independent public body focused on upholding information rights in the public interest. We are at the forefront of policy, guidance, direct advice to the public, and enforcement of the UK's data protection and freedom of information laws; shaping how emerging technologies and information practices impact the lives of the UK public.

The Cyber Incident Response and Investigations Team is part of the Investigations department and is responsible for investigating data protection breach cases where the breach occurred due to a technological failing. The team also responds to significant cyber incidents that occur in large national and international organisations.

In addition to regulating UK GDPR, we are a competent authority for digital services providers under the Network & Information Systems Regulation (NIS).  NIS provides legal measures to boost the overall level of security (both cyber and physical resilience) of network and information systems that are critical for the provision of digital services

About the role 

The ICO is seeking to recruit a Principal Cyber Investigations Officer into our Cyber Incident Response and Investigations Team with experience in cyber security and the relevant legislative frameworks of UK GDPR and NIS. 

The role involves leading investigations into serious cyber and technology security related contraventions of the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 and incidents under the NIS Regulations 2018.  You will also work with senior managers and colleagues during the incident response phase of serious incidents, gathering relevant information and identifying any measures required to mitigate on-going risks.  You will regularly engage with other UK and international law enforcement and cyber security agencies when managing incidents.  You will also be responsible for making recommendations for enforcement action, in line with the ICO's Regulatory Action Policy.

This is a key role in the Cyber Incident Response and Investigations team, with involvement in a range of complex and high profile cyber related personal data breaches.  

About you

You will have excellent communication skills with the ability to engage with senior stakeholders both internally and externally. We need someone who can prioritise competing issues and tasks and contribute effectively as part of a team often with demanding deadlines. Holding a degree or relevant professional qualification, or with equivalent relevant experience, you will have experience in information and cyber security and data protection, with a good understanding of the relevant legislative requirements and the regulatory remit of the ICO.

You may be required to travel to engagements throughout the UK and, overseas. Therefore, your ability to travel and willingness to work outside of normal office hours is essential.

You will be based at our Wilmslow head office, however the ICO embraces a flexible working policy which will include opportunities for homeworking where suitable.

Closing date for applications: Monday 24 January 2022 at 23:59

Interviews expected to be held via Microsoft Teams from week commencing  7 February 2022.

If you are appointed to work with the ICO you will be required to complete security clearance processes. These include identity and qualification checks and a Basic Disclosure level check of unspent criminal convictions.

Why work for the Information Commissioner's Office?

We are proud to provide our people with a premium benefits package. We are continually improving the rewards we offer, which include flexible working hours (including flexi leave) and civil service pension arrangements. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion

The ICO is committed to promoting and enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion. We are focused on developing a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve and together we are building an inclusive workplace where all of our colleagues have the opportunity to make a real difference.

We are championing this through our Equality Diversity and Inclusion Board together with a number of staff networks. To find out more visit

We welcome and encourage applicants from all members of the community regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, marital status, pregnancy or any other personal circumstances.

To demonstrate our commitment to equality of opportunity in employment in Northern Ireland, we monitor the community background of our applicants and employees, as required by the Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1998.

We are dedicated to ensuring our recruitment and selection processes are fair and inclusive and enable everyone to showcase their individual talents. Our HR team are happy to discuss any additional support you may need at any stage and will make reasonable adjustments according to your needs. Disabled applicants are guaranteed an interview, if they meet the minimum criteria for the role.

If you are disabled and have difficulty using our online application system please email the HR team  who can arrange for you to submit an application via an alternative method.