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The role will be based in either London, Belfast, Cardiff, Darlington or Edinburgh and may require occasional travel to other DIT Offices. Please be aware that this role can only be worked from within the UK and not overseas.
Informal hybrid working arrangements will be available as agreed with the vacancy manager and in line with the requirements of the role.
Most DIT employees will be working a hybrid pattern, spending 2-3 days a week (pro rata) in the office on average. Commuting costs to meet this requirement and travelling to the main office location will not be covered by DIT, however commuting costs will be covered for travel to a DIT office which is not the employee’s main office location under the Department’s Travel and Expenses Policy.
Let us tell you a little bit about the role…
As a Cyber Security Analyst, you will be …
This role sits within DIT’s Security Operations Centre (SOC), reporting to the Senior SOC Analyst. The Cyber Security Analyst is responsible for the identification and handling of threats, both internal and external, to the security of DIT. This is achieved by the monitoring of DIT systems and the identification, through analysis of security data or threat intelligence, of unusual activities which could be malicious.
Focussing on supporting the delivery of the monitoring aspects of DIT’s Target Operating Model (TOM), this role will involve the analysis of security event data, management of security alerts and the response to, and investigation of, security incidents. These incidents will be documented, including the identification of lessons learned, which forms an integral part of the Cyber Security Analyst’s continuous improvement cycle.
This role will be suitable for an individual who has some experience in Cyber Security Analysis and is looking to increase their cyber knowledge, or for someone looking for a career change who has transferrable skills in areas such as data analysis or machine learning. Appropriate training, such as SANS courses, or others provided through the Government Cyber Profession, will be available for the right candidate
What we’re looking for from you…
As a Cyber Security Analyst, you will be expected to:
- Supporting the Senior SOC Analyst and SOC Manager in the implementation of the monitoring roadmap.
- Analysing security event data arising from activity across the organisation with the goal of detecting malicious activity.
- Investigating security alerts and incidents generated by security tooling within DIT, resolving or escalating as appropriate.
- Producing documentation relating to the processing of alerts and incidents which includes the identification of improvements to processes and/or tooling.
- Production and maintenance of Cyber Security Analyst dashboards.
- Updating DIT security tooling with Indicators of Compromise (IOC) from commercial and/or ad-hoc threat intelligence.
- Testing of new features or alerts within the security tooling.
- Following DIT cyber playbooks during incidents, updating and improving those playbooks as necessary, and where identified the creation of new cyber playbooks.
Essential Skills and Experience:
You’ll have demonstrable skills and experience of:
- Experience of working as a Tier 1 security analyst or in a role with transferable skills (e.g., investigation based or data analysis/machine learning roles).
- Demonstratable experience of using KQL (Kusto Query Language) or a similar query language.
- Understanding of the principles of intrusion detection and analysis.
- Understanding of the cyber threats that an organisation can face and how they might be mitigated.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to correlate data to be able to draw insights or conclusions
Desirable Skills and Experience:
This isn’t necessary but would be ideal if you:
- Knowledge of Security Incident Event Management (SIEM) and Security Tooling.
- Relevant educational or security-based qualifications.
- Experience of coding or scripting.
- Understanding of various security frameworks (e.g. NIST).
- Learning and development tailored to your role
- An environment with flexible working options
- A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
- A Civil Service pension
Things you need to knowSecuritySuccessful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.See our vetting charter.People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
Selection process detailsWe are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.Sift will take place week commencing: 1st of August 2022
Interviews will take place week commencing: 8th of August 2022Please notes these dates are indicative and may be subject to change.As part of the application process you will be asked to upload a CV and complete a personal statement outlining your experience, skills and fit for the role.At the sift stage for this role, we assess you against the essential criteria listed above. In the event that there is a high volume of applications, a short sift will be conducted based on: Personal StatementAt the interview stage for this role, we assess your technical/specialist experience, outlined in the above role description, testing your ability through relevant assessments/presentations and ask you questions around behaviours and technical skills.Technical Skills
There will be a Technical element within the interview where you will be asked a series of questions to demonstrate your specific professional skills and knowledge related directly to the job role and context. We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Threat Understanding
- Query Languages
- Intrusion Detection and Analysis
- Incident Management, Investigation and Response
- Security Operations
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Delivering at Pace
- Developing Self and Others
- Changing and Improving
- Working Together
Appointments may be made to candidates in merit order based on location preferences.
Candidates who pass the bar at interview but are not the highest scoring will be held on a 12-month reserve list for future appointments. Candidates who are judged to be a near miss at interview may be offered a post at the grade below the one advertised.
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.
The Department for International Trade embraces and values diversity in all forms. We welcome and pride ourselves on the positive impact diversity has on the work we do, and we promote equality of opportunity throughout the organisation.
Harmonised terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.
Please note – the successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of 18 months before being released for another role.
Any move to the Department for International Trade from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at here
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should contact the DDaT Recruitment team before the closing date to discuss your needs.
Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles.
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact DIT by email: (See complete description on Civil Service Jobs)
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SC Clearance Details
All security clearances require you to provide evidence of your UK footprint where you have been physically present in the UK.
The requirement for SC clearance is to have been present in the UK for at least 3 of the last 5 years.
Failure to meet the residency requirements will result in your security clearance application being rejected.
If you require SC clearance you will need to provide evidence of the below requirements.
Checks will be made against:
- Departmental or company records (personnel files, staff reports, sick leave reports and security records).
- UK criminal records covering both spent and unspent criminal records.
- Your credit and financial history with a credit reference agency.
- Security Services record.
- Location Details
Find out about our benefits, application process and practical details like our office locations on the things you need to know page. Remember to check out our blog, Digital Trade.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
- UK nationals
- nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
- nationals of the Republic of Ireland
- nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
- relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
- relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
- certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirementsWorking for the Civil ServiceThe Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Apply and further informationThis vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.
Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
- Name : DDaT Recruitment Team
- Email : (See complete description on Civil Service Jobs)
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Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent
Part-time hours: 14.5 – 37 per week
Salary: £29,100.00-£35,600.00 per year
- Day shift
- Monday to Friday