GDS offers £90k a head for squad of cyber and privacy professionals

Four roles on offer in organisation’s assurance and privacy unit

The Government Digital Service is offering annual salaries of up to £90,000 as it seeks to recruit a team of experts to ensure the privacy and security credentials of its services.

GDS is advertising for four vacant roles as principal cyber security assurance and privacy specialists. The quartet of new recruits will join the organisation’s Information Assurance and Privacy team. This unit, which is headed up by GDS’s head of information services, is responsible for providing guidance and support on cybersecurity and privacy issues to both GDS and the wider Cabinet Office.

The principal role of the four new additions will be to assess services and tools that are developed or bought by GDS.

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The IA and Privacy team “produce the formal risk assessments for a portfolio of digital services and projects work in a fast-moving environment on some of the most high-profile and complex digital services being created in the world today”, GDS said. It added that its cyber and risk professionals “help to develop new and improved ways of delivering information assurance services as an exemplary across government”.

Candidates have until 25 November to apply for the vacancies, but applicants are advised to respond “as soon as possible” as interviews are being conducted on an ongoing basis.

GDS said: “[These roles] and the work of the GDS IA and Privacy team within which the roles operate is critical to the GDS and Cabinet Office work programme and is fundamental to the overall Cabinet Office information risk management regime.”

Sam Trendall

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