Cyber Security Consultant

Actica Consulting Limited
30,000.00 - 70,000.00
10 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

We are looking for Consultants with an aptitude for problem solving to work on complex ICT projects for high profile Government and Defence clients.

Role Profile

You will have the opportunity to undertake a variety of roles throughout the project lifecycle, working across a wide-ranging set of clients and leading edge technologies. This could include providing projects with advice and guidance on Information Assurance topics; contributing to the development of IA strategies, policies, guidance and awareness; planning and managing the delivery of a security work programme; defining security requirements; designing and implementing security architectures; or overseeing the secure development and accreditation of information systems. You will be required to explain information assurance concepts to non-technical stakeholders, and the rationale for the proposed information risk management decisions. The role may involve operating as part of a larger Actica team or working embedded within a customer team.

To complement the information assurance activities, you will be supported by others providing, and may also find yourself providing, high-value strategy, business analysis, technology and procurement consultancy to ensure any solution aligns with the organisation?s business objectives. You will also be expected to provide authoritative advice on security aspects of likely future technology developments and routes to exploit these.

You will have opportunities to lead assignments, to manage small teams and to directly deliver consultancy to ensure the overall success of the engagement. The role involves producing high quality, formal deliverables and reviewing formal deliverables developed by others. It requires significant stakeholder engagement, dealing directly with the client, including in resolving day-day issues involved in assignment delivery and developing follow-on opportunities.

Due to the nature of customer side working, regular travel within the UK should be expected. The base office is in Guildford but you should expect to spend the majority of your time working on client sites.

Candidates must be eligible and willing to gain UK Security Clearance to apply for this position.

Career Development

You will have the opportunity to build a career in consulting, specialising in the application of information assurance and cyber security expertise to a wide range of business problems. We provide substantial training, including online, classroom and in-house course provision, leading to nationally recognised qualifications such as CCP, CISM, CISSP, CREST, ISO27001, SABSA and TOGAF certifications. We provide structured career development pathways to help you gain responsibility and influence.


Working either individually or as part of a larger Actica team, you will undertake a number of consultancy assignments that could include:

  • Providing security expertise to major system procurements and Agile programmes to ensure secure solution delivery;
  • Identifying, analysing and evaluating information risks across a range of programmes, projects and systems;
  • Explaining to risk owners and other stakeholders the causes, likelihood and potential business impacts of information risks throughout the information system lifecycle;
  • Identifying and presenting options for treating or transferring information risks;
  • Authoring and/or supporting the development of security assurance documentation in accordance with leading risk management frameworks;
  • Developing or reviewing new security architectures that mitigate the risks posed by new technologies and business practices;
  • Providing consultancy to customers on information assurance and architectural problems;
  • Scoping security testing activities, and explaining the results and required remediation; and
  • Conducting security monitoring and investigating security incidents.

Qualifications and Experience

Experience within the Defence Enterprise and / or UK Public Sector Departments is desired, preferably within the ICT context on enterprise solutions. Our position as a client side advisor means that strong influencing and personal skills are essential. The fast moving nature of the ICT environment together with the need to resource multiple, ad-hoc assignments also requires the individual to be intellectually agile, proactive and self-motivated ? with the ability to apply a structured approach to often unfamiliar subject matter.

It is essential that the candidate have experience in the application of at least two of the following methods and standards in use within our customer base, additional experience in other elements would be highly desirable:

  • Programme and Project Management methods using Agile and traditional approaches (e.g. MSP, PRINCE2, APMP);
  • Business or Systems analysis methods and tools, e.g. BPMN, Lean, RUP, UML, SSM, TOGAF;
  • Central government information security policy standards;
  • Public sector best practice guidance, e.g. ITIL, OGC toolkit;
  • Business case development to Treasury guidelines;
  • Standard methodologies for:
  • Requirements capture and analysis;
  • Feasibility studies and business case development;
  • Information systems security;
  • Cost modelling and investment appraisal;
  • Systems integration and testing.
  • Delivery of Concept / Assessment Phase products, including:
  • User and System / Service Requirements;
  • Benefits Analysis;
  • Procurement and Contracting Strategies.

It is desirable that candidates have experience of working on ICT based projects within the public and / or defence sectors.

Because of the nature of the Actica?s business, a wide and varied background is preferable and the demonstrable capability to adapt quickly to new developments is always required.

Preference is given to candidates with a STEM based degree (2.1 or above).

Candidates must be eligible and willing to gain UK Security Clearance to apply for this position.

We offer:

  • A discretionary benchmark bonus; split into two payments per year;
  • 25 days annual Leave;
  • Twice* yearly performance appraisal with pay review at each (*while at Consultant and Senior Consultant grades, annually thereafter);
  • Investment in training relevant to an individual?s development and Actica?s business needs.

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