Senior Cyber Security Specialist - Warwickshire

IT/Information/Cyber Security
Ref: 54 Date Posted: Wednesday 26 Jun 2019
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Location: Coventry
Salary: £41,000 - £48,000 (flex)
 
 

The Role

 
The Cyber Security Centre is a world-leading research and teaching group, advancing our understanding of the cyber environment and protecting the human experience within it.
 
We are looking for a deeply-technical individual with a strong background in the secure operational management of IT systems, who is capable of maintaining, developing and securing the Cyber Security Centre’s internal infrastructure. You will work with our team to ensure the availability and delivery of technical services, including providing continual security assessments of our infrastructure, and also providing expert technical response in the event of a cyber security incident.
 
We are looking for candidates with a proven track record in systems administration of Linux and Windows environments where security is a critical priority. Ideally you will hold a relevant undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in a cyber security related field together, but candidates with considerable practical experience will be seriously considered.
 
Job Description
 
Purpose:
To be responsible for the operational management and ongoing technical development of the network infrastructure and the devices and systems within the Cyber Security Centre, including the design, configuration, security, threat monitoring, incident response, management and support.
 
Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Ensuring the continued operation and strict security posture of the systems operating in the Cyber Security Centre. To provide management and direction for the teaching, research and corporate infrastructure, through the investigation and utilisation of new and emerging technologies. To continue to develop the Cyber Security Centre’s threat-hunting capability by developing and implementing new defensive systems, and by carrying out regular security assessments against internal systems and processes, overseeing ongoing technical development as needed to maintain security.
2. Providing specialist hardware, software and network problem solving for users. Troubleshooting operating systems (including Linux and Microsoft) endpoint and network devices such as workstations, servers, switches, routers and firewalls.
3. Ensuring the availability and delivery of services, including providing an expert technical response in the event of high priority security incidents.
4. Working with sensitive third-party suppliers, and internal teams, to integrate chosen products into cyber security processes. Ensuring that standards in the handling and storing of original evidence are adhered to.
5. Providing security services to the team and as part of the offered services
6. Acting as Security Controller for strategic implementation and the design, development, interpretation, implementation and monitoring of security policy and controls for the appropriate protection of government classified assets held within the CSC area.
7. Form alliances and relationships with key stakeholders to enable effective delivery of services, raising the profile of the CSC and ensuring clear, effective communication with internal and external stakeholders.
8. Ensure compliance with the University’s standards for information systems, security and technology in line with the relevant legislation and audit requirements.
9. Work with other teams to continuously look at pragmatic ways that inter-team working can be improved by sharing information, knowledge and best practice. Identify and suggest solutions to any process gaps that appear and help build a collaborative culture based on transparency, openness and trust.
 
Person Specification
 
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. 
 
Requirements Essential 
 
A relevant undergraduate, postgraduate or equivalent qualification in a cyber security related field, or equivalent professional experience
Significant experience and a proven track record in the operational management of a cyber security facility, including experience of protecting systems containing government classified assets
Proven track record in systems administration of Linux and Windows environments
Experience or knowledge of the common tools, techniques and procedures used by attackers, and how they can be detected and defended against
The ability to manage projects with multiple stakeholders and to engage with key people at all levels within organisations
Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
Able to work independently as well as part of a team
Must be capable of holding a UK National Security Clearance
 
Requirements Desired
 
Relevant professional certifications
 
Background
 
You must be capable of holding a UK National Security Clearance for this role.
 
We are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and hold an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare facilities and the childcare vouchers scheme. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.