Parliament Wants A New Cyber Security Director

The British House of Commons is looking to appoint a new Director of Cyber Security for the Parliamentary Digital Service

A contract notice published on the Civil Service Jobs website states that the selected candidate will have to take overall responsibility for the Palace of Westminster’s cybersecurity strategy. The job involves maintaining awareness of both internal and external threats and to act as a cybersecurity advocate to members of both Houses.

The duties of the Director of Cyber Security will be divided across four main categories:

  • cybersecurity governance
  • cybersecurity programmes and projects 
  • risk management 
  • response management

The governance segment includes providing strategic advice to Parliament on existing and emerging cyber threats and leading the Parliamentary Digital Service’s Cyber Security team. The projects section will take care of investment plans in technologies and their ongoing support. Risk management includes the development of “analytical and continuous” processes to monitor and mitigate against threats. Response management covers the deployment of “processes for detecting, identifying and analysing cybersecurity-related events”, as well the implementation of recovery plans.

The notice also said that the selected candidate will also be required to assess investigations of reported data breaches or incidents, including impact analysis and recommendations for avoiding similar vulnerabilities, and develop and oversee the implementation of disaster recovery, response management and business continuity plans.

The successful candidate will also be tasked with building relationships with the cybersecurity community and external suppliers to ensure that cybersecurity knowledge is kept up to date and maintaining an up-to-date understanding of the evolving ICT threat landscape.

The job requires a formal cybersecurity certification, such as CISSP, CISM, or CRISC, as well as experience of “having dealt successfully with cyber security incidents”, it said.

The House of Commons is offering an annual salary between £75,953 and £95,964 on a two-year contract in order to recruit a Director of Cyber Security. The job has an option for an extension or making the position permanent. Applications for the job will be accepted until 1 December 2019.

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