Head of Security Architecture

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England, London, Docklands
£65,000 to £82,000 per annum
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Huge benefits!
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A great opportunity to join a newly formed and growing team as Head of Security Architecture.


Security design authority – Delivery on all security aspects of business projects, focusing on high strategic impact programmes, in line with the company’s risk appetite.

Security patterns - Produce patterns and support quality assurance, and is the point of escalation for architects, technical leads and project owners across the company.

Security technical strategy - Setting a security technical strategy and communicating with a broad range of senior stakeholders.

Control improvement - Driving internal security control improvement across the company.

Research & Development - Research, identify, validate and recommend new technologies and methodologies, in line with the company’s risk appetite.

Reporting – Regular reporting on key performance indicators and Governance meetings.

Essential Experience

* Hands on experience of Cyber Security, or related discipline.
* Deep technical understanding of the security aspects of IT infrastructure / Software development and management of these components. A recognised expert, who can may demonstrate this by solving unprecedented issues and problems.
* Has an expert understanding and is able to apply security concepts to a technical level, at the highest levels of risk complexity. Able to effectively translate and accurately communicate security and risk implications at the most senior levels across technical and non-technical stakeholders, and able to respond to challenge. Able to manage stakeholders’ expectations across high-risk and complexity or under constrained timescales. Experience of managing the intelligence cycle to derive complete, reliable and timely strategic and tactical briefing material relating to an organisation’s threats to security, privacy and resilience.
* Able to design secure system architectures through the application of patterns and principles, to meet user needs whilst managing risks. Able to identify security issues in system architectures.
* Able to contribute to and inform developments on security properties in technology. Able to identify new technologies and design the use of these in the business context across the organisation. Engages with the broader security community.
* Has strong knowledge of system architectures. Able to understand and articulate the impact of vulnerabilities on existing and future designs, systems and how easy or difficult it will be to exploit these vulnerabilities. Acknowledged as an expert by peers in the broader security industry.
* Experience of developing and implementing a pragmatic approach to assessing the security, privacy and resilience risks affecting sensitive assets, including engaging stakeholders to create shared understanding of the risks.
* SC Cleared (can be obtained in role).


* SANS Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional or have completed the ICS/CERT ICS Training is desired but not required.
* Experience of defining and gaining approval for a viable, agile and pragmatic security, privacy and resilience strategy that is capable of responding to and anticipating changes to the assessed threats, risks and business environment.
* Experience of managing or delivering awareness and training, to create an appropriate culture.
* Experience in analysing incidents across a complex environment
* Experience of developing a business case for change that identifies the business benefits of a defined security, privacy and resilience strategy.
* Experience of supporting an organisation’s Data Protection Officer (DPO) in assessing and maintaining compliance with the DPA 2018 (alongside the requirements for the EU GDPR).
* Wider experience of regulation, business operations and technology services. E.g. IT strategy; IT service management and delivery; delivering IT-enabled change; UK energy sector; Central Government; and the role of a Regulator.

Contact Details:
Tel: 02393382100
Contact: Brigitte McKenna

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