Head of IT Security

Bristol Permanent £59,000 - £65,000
  • An opportunity for a Cyber Security expert to take full ownership
  • the security infrastructure

About Our Client

At the Office for Students, we uphold the highest standards for students studying in higher education establishments in England. With a focus on delivering positive outcomes for past, present, and future students, our regulatory capabilities enable us to ensure students are receiving value for money, and that they can progress into employment or further studies. As such, we enjoy a uniquely stimulating working environment in which our colleagues play their part in giving value back to society.

The IT team, which sits within the Resource and Finance Directorate is at the heart of this work. We are focused on helping the organisation become more efficient and effective, so it is essential that all business applications and systems are up to the task. We need to ensure we have the right mix of technology to uphold the wider team's ambitions, and that this technology is being fully leveraged. The OfS has a clear vision of its 'cloud first' digital future and we are keen to enhance the team's capabilities with your expertise and ambition.

Job Description

With support from the board the Head of IT Security will support the CTO with continuing the strong focus on cyber security, being responsible for the 24x7 managed service Security Operations Centre, as well as the IT Security Analysts.

They will work closely with the rest of the IT department, ensuring that cyber security is embedded in everything we do. Key responsibilities include defining and delivering the objectives of a cyber security strategy and designing, implementing, and maintaining an integrated and layered security architecture.

The role requires engagement with a variety of stakeholders including; liaising closely with the SIRO, working with the IT Operations & Applications team to ensure new implementations and IT changes are compliant with security standards, policies, procedures and technical best practice, ensuring services are being operated with the security measures specified and to the processes set out; working both with external suppliers and the internal infrastructure team; and working closely with Governance around security education and playing a key role in the Information Systems Security Group.

The key person attributes required to fulfil this role include: extensive experience as an IT security professional who has a balanced risk based approach to developing appropriate security strategy and defining roadmaps; a personable and professional approach to work; passion for technology and IT security; comfortable in working with people; and excellent verbal communication skills.

The Successful Applicant

The successful candidate will have an:

In-depth knowledge of a risk-based approach to defining Cyber Security Strategy
In-depth knowledge of ICT Security audit methodologies.
In-depth knowledge of defining and managing ICT Security response plans
Detailed knowledge of network, application and communications security solutions and technologies such as Protective Monitoring covering IDS/IPS, Vulnerability Management, Endpoint Security, Patch Management, System Hardening, Gateway Security and Encryption, SIEMs
In-depth knowledge of systems accreditation principles and standards i.e. Cyber Essentials Plus, ISO27001, SSAE-18
Detailed knowledge of mainstream IT vendors' products such as the Microsoft Stack.
Keeping up to date with new products and services, taking advantage of new and emerging technologies to keep the organisation safe and secure
Specific knowledge of security vendors and their products and services eg McAfee, Rapid 7, Defender for Cloud.
Sound knowledge of Cloud security principles
Sound knowledge of networking concepts and key principles such as DNS and IP.

What's on Offer

OFS offers a competitive salary of up to £62,952 dependant on experience as well as the opportunity to upskill your capabilities through training and additional development. The OfS is trialling a hybrid model of working, a mixture of office and remote working. Staff can work up to 60% of their hours remotely, and 40% in the office, as well as some flexibility in core contact hours.

  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • * An environment with flexible working options
  • * A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • * A Civil Service pension
Annabel Chung
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+44 207 269 2242

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Annabel Chung
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