The Role

The Security Operations Technical Specialist is part of the Security Operations Team within Infrastructure and Operations Product Group and is responsible for day to day operational security management, driving improvements to IT security and providing support to change programmes where there is an impact on Security Operations. What does the role involve? What are the key responsibilities?

  • Delivering the day to day security operations service, delivering to the security architecture, frameworks, policies, processes and procedures, and providing support and administration to security applications and tools. Identifying improvements to the approach and associated collateral.

  • Preventing Data Loss by monitoring alerts and escalating risks and issues where appropriate.

  • Invoking and coordinating security incidents, reporting on actions and outcomes. Providing Silver Response in Business Continuity. This includes responsibility for a hardened laptop which will remain secured in a home/remote location for use out of hours or in emergency response when the main office is unavailable or there is a high-level information security incident.

  • Investigating and analysing all Security Events across BTS, the FCA and where relevant, with suppliers

  • Monitoring and management of security requests and user access and privilege access, quality assuring delivery, record keeping and reporting.

  • Managing the day to day relationship with 3rd party Security Operations suppliers, ensuring services provided and SLAs are adequately covered in contractual documentation.

  • What will the candidate get from the role? You’ll have opportunity to work in the centre of Cyber Security Operations for the FCA. It’s a unique opportunity to get involved in protecting the UK’s Financial Regulator from cyber-attack. All the while, delivering a Security Operations transformation, devolving security accountabilities to business teams whilst ensuring high standards and appropriate frameworks and procedures are in place to improve our capability in core IT service operations. Skills/Experience Required

    Minimum Criteria

    We’re a signatory to the Government’s Disability Confident scheme. This means that we guarantee an interview to any disabled candidates entering under the scheme, should they meet the minimum criteria for a role. A minimum criterion needs to be measurable from reviewing a candidates CV. Exceptions may apply if due to the volume of applications we are not able to interview all eligible candidates who qualify under the scheme.

  • Substantial experience of leading a hybrid Security Operations function in an enterprise grade, fast paced information technology environment consisting of multiple security vendors, internal staff, contractors to deliver a single security function to the organisation
  • Substantial experience of leading complex, business affecting security incidents which require balancing organisational availability requirements and risk management practices.
  • Essential Criteria 

  • Substantial knowledge and experience of Information Security principles, tools, processes and procedures
  • Substantial expertise with real world Security Operations issues gained from working with the balance of business system availability and ongoing security.
  • Substantial experience of working with an ISMS (Information Security Management Systems)
  • Substantial experience in Security Operations Centre (SOC) / Security Incident Event Monitoring (SIEM) originated security alert investigations
  • Substantial experience in use of security toolsets such as Egress, Qualys, Symantec, Skybox.
  • Exceptional communication skills, with gravitas to interact closely with business based teams.
  • Desirable Criteria  

  • Experienced in availability focused Security Incident Management and supporting tools, techniques and facilities available for carrying out security incident response related investigations.
  • Ability to take a risk based and pragmatic approach on operational activities to organise, prioritise and ensure team tasks through to a rapid conclusion
  • Coaching others in security operations techniques
  • About the FCA

    At the FCA, we’re creating a fair and more resilient financial system. We’re establishing more transparent relationships between financial services and their customers, building trust in financial markets and protecting vulnerable consumers.

    The FCA’s Values & Diversity

    Our ambition is to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the society we serve, helping us to be a better regulator.

    As an inclusive employer, we are open to considering flexible working arrangements. Please contact our recruiter if you wish to apply for this role on a flexible basis.

    Useful Information

  • This role is graded Technical Specialist – TS E1 

  • The salary range will be approximately £70,000 – £80,000 + a competitive Benefits package 

  • Applications for this role close on Sunday 4th April 2021 at 11.55pm 

  • 1st Stage interviews will take place week commencing 12th April 2021 
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