Cabinet Office seeks cyber chief

Organisation is offering a compensation package in excess of £100k for a leader to set strategy, boost security credentials, and direct incident response across the department and various operating units

The Cabinet Office is seeking to recruit a cybersecurity leader to help set strategic direction across the department and its key operating units, as well as taking responsibility for directing the organisation’s response to major incidents.

The role of deputy director of cyber and information security comes with a remit to “defining and implementing the Cabinet Office’s cybersecurity strategy and roadmap”. The postholder will also be tasked with “developing and delivering the department’s shared services which manage cybersecurity risk, across security architecture, engineering, and operations”.

The new security chief, who will earn a basic salary of £90,000 a year plus £25,200 in pension contributions, will also take on the mantle of “leading the response to critical cyber security incidents”, according to the job advert.

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The successful candidate will work with teams delivering the Cabinet Office’s two platforms for storing and processing information classified at Official level – which are shortly to be unified into a single system to which 15,000 departmental devices. The postholder will also work closely with the Government Digital Service, including helping to support the operation of GOV.UK and the burgeoning One Login system.

Applications are open until 11.55pm on 17 March. The successful candidate – who will be based in Bristol, London, or Manchester – will play a key role in underpinning wider technological reform, the advert said.

“The Cabinet Office is undergoing a significant digital transformation,” it said. “Over the next three years we aspire to make UK government digital services the best in the world, meeting or exceeding the benchmark set globally by the best public or private sector standards. For us to meet this ambition we are aiming to further improve the conditions, processes and expertise we have in place to be set up for success.”

Sam Trendall

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