Head of Cyber Security

Location : Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Job Ref : AL436
Consultant : Alex Lyons
Sector : IT, Internet
Salary : £55k per year


AL436: Head of Cyber Security

Location: Nationwide

Salary: Up to £55,000


First Military Recruitment are currently seeking a Head of Cyber Security on behalf of one of our clients.

You will be responsible for ensuring that all services, including those that serve Young People have the appropriate security measures in place, meaning you have a direct impact on ensuring the safety of them and their data.

Our client encourages applications from ex-military personnel however candidates from all backgrounds will be considered.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the CTO to define the Cyber security roadmap and strategy.
  • Own the Cyber Security policy, ensuring compliance across the organisation.
  • Review, define and update our security governance frameworks.
  • Provide direction to infrastructure engineering team (without line management responsibility) to ensure current security infrastructure is fit for purpose, regularly tested and that any additional security capabilities are implemented when needed.
  • Investigate Cyber Instances & Threats and advise on corrective action.
  • Own security accreditation (Cyber Essentials Plus), documentation and processes to ensure good practice is followed.
  • Collaborate with Head of Architecture to ensure technology strategy and technical decision making includes security by design and is informed by security good practice.
  • Work with design and development teams, across all services, to advise and assure that we integrate security considerations at every phase of the software development lifecycle, from initial design through integration, testing, deployment, and software delivery (DevSecOps).
  • Work with operations teams, across all services, to monitor and assess our security risks and issues.
  • Report regularly to Senior Leadership on our current risks, any issues or breaches and the necessary mitigation or remediation plans.
  • Work collaboratively with Data Protection officer to inform a holistic approach to data protection encompassing technology, process and behaviours, including definition of our security awareness programme.
  • Work collaboratively with Risk function to assess and manage security risks.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Deep technical cyber security skills covering all IT security domains – Backed up with CISSP or equivalent certification.
  • Strong knowledge of security infrastructure technology and processes.
  • Strong knowledge of monitoring and vulnerability scanning tools and techniques.
  • Strong knowledge of both Windows server and cloud environments.
  • Strong stakeholder management and communication skills with the ability to understand competing priorities, prioritise and communicate clearly at all levels from board level to Young People.
  • Strong knowledge of data protection legislation and security good practice.
  • Experience in setting up and working in Security governance structures and security domains.
  • Experience in developing and implementing security policies, standards and procedures.
  • Operating in a matrix management structure, having to influence people across different teams without line management responsibility.
  • Experience working directly with Senior Leadership Teams to articulate risk and influence decision making.
  • Prioritising and implementing a roadmap of improvement initiatives, operating within capacity and budget constraints.
  • Designing secure network systems and application architectures.
  • Working with digital teams in an agile environment.

Location: Nationwide

Salary: Up to £55,000


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