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UK Cabinet Office seeks director of cybersecurity to deliver National Cyber Strategy

Mar 29, 20223 mins

The new director will be responsible for building a team of cyber professionals and managing cyber strategy and engagement.

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The UK Cabinet Office is recruiting a new director of cybersecurity to support the government in delivering its National Cyber Strategy. In the newly created functional leadership position, the director of cybersecurity will play a critical role in how the UK defends itself from current threats and how it develops resilience in the coming years, according to a LinkedIn job posting. The full-time position is open to applications and offers a competitive salary of between £150,000 and £160,000 per year.

UK government seeks best-in-class protection and resilience

The UK government’s approach to cybersecurity is changing to ensure it provides best-in-class protection and resilience in an ever-evolving threat environment, the posting stated. “As an increasingly critical function within the Cabinet Office, The Government Security Group (GSG) aims to improve and transform the security profession, standards, and practices across government. We are tasked with the oversight, coordination, and delivery of protective security within government organisations and set the strategy and standards for government security.” As such, a new director of cybersecurity is required to guide the profession across the country, it continued.

New cybersecurity director to lead threat mitigation, penetration testing, cyber strategy

The successful applicant will demonstrate significant experience in a relevant cyber related career and will be responsible for building a motivated and skilled team of cyber professionals to deliver across a range of disciplines, the Cabinet Office said. These include threat mitigation, penetration testing, assurance, policy, cyber strategy, engagement, and programme management.

The individual will also be required to interpret the new Government Cyber Strategy and apply a portfolio mindset to delivering its objectives whilst demonstrate credibility when engaging with Ministers at the highest level on complex and critical cyber matters. Further responsibilities include understanding departmental risks and priorities, working to establish the funding and capability to deliver relevant mitigation measures, exhibiting thought leadership and influence across the cyber profession and Government (including public speaking), supporting the development of national cyber policy in line with NCSC and CPNI guidance to the wider public sector, and operating as part of and contributing to a wider national and international system of security professionals.

“This is a critical role which offers a passionate candidate the opportunity to focus on the protection of critical national infrastructure and UK PLC,” the job posting read. “Your work and legacy will affect millions of people and raise your profile across government to the highest levels as a director level expert in cybersecurity.”

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Michael Hill is the UK editor of CSO Online. He has spent the past five-plus years covering various aspects of the cybersecurity industry, with particular interest in the ever-evolving role of the human-related elements of information security. A keen storyteller with a passion for the publishing process, he enjoys working creatively to produce media that has the biggest possible impact on the audience.

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