Operational Security Lead


Posted on 4th Jun 2018
Office of Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA)
Office of Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA)

Operational Security Lead

Operational Security Lead

Office of Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA)

Grade 7

£48,836 - £56,405 (Birmingham/Manchester)

Ref: 1584953

Have you got the security know-how to identify and mitigate threats posed to a complex organisation spread across various sites?

Communications data (CD) is generated when a text message, email, phone call or any other form of communication is written or made. Hugely important in the fight against crime and terrorism, it can play an important part in identifying risks and prosecuting those who have broken the law. While the content of CD is not revealed, the specifics of who is behind the CD, the intended recipient, when it happened or even where it originated from can reveal details relating to organised crime and more.

Balancing the public’s right to privacy with the need to keep them safe from harm is a complex challenge. With newly-strengthened legislation surrounding access to CD being put in place, it is only fitting that an independent arm’s length body oversees this work, ensuring that public bodies and authorities (such as the Police and the Financial Conduct Authority) are using their investigatory powers appropriately. As such, from April 2019, The Office of Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA) will begin this important work.

Safeguarding the morals and the work of the organisation, you will ensure OCDA is safe from both internal and external security risks. This will include managing security compromises, protecting our staff and our intellectual property and shielding our work from insider threats and corruption. Conducting investigations where appropriate, you will devise processes and procedures to ensure these key concerns are addressed across every level of the organisation.

We are seeking a competent leader who has the flexibility to travel between sites, training and upskilling staff and raising awareness of the importance of vulnerability assessments so that astute security awareness is prevalent amongst colleagues. Furthermore, you will need exceptional standards relating to the legality of our operations, plus high expectations for ethical conduct.

To thrive in this important role, you will forge relationships with operational security colleagues across the CD community, so that you are alert to emerging security risks. With exceptional communication skills and experience of managing threats, you will have good covert investigation techniques from a law enforcement background, plus comprehensive understanding of relevant legislation and ITIL service management processes that relate to security. You will also have the capacity to analyse reports stemming from firewalls, intrusion detection and other security supports.

With a commitment to support your career with targeted training and development opportunities, OCDA is a progressive organisation with broad ambitions to nurture a positive and supportive work ethic. Embracing diversity and inclusion across the organisation, we support flexible working where possible, and will enhance your generous benefits package with a good work/life balance – and access to career-defining projects.

Please note: you will be handling sensitive information, so we will expect you to ensure appropriate safeguards are maintained. You must be eligible for SC clearance, though DV would be preferable.

Closing date: 24 June 2018.

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