Information Assurance Roles Ref. 2350

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Information Assurance and Specialists
Full Time

Information Assurance Roles

GCHQ’s Cyber Security community are a trusted source of world class Cyber Security, Risk Management research, advice and consultancy services.  Join us. A consummate communicator, you’ll expertly share knowledge and insight, while building and sustaining positive relationships within UK Government, academia and with our global industry partners, help support the delivery of Government policy, and contribute to maintaining our reputation at the forefront of cyber technology. We care hugely about learning and development, so we’ll help you enhance and refine your skills through the variety of roles we have available, allowing you to develop your skill set in various areas:

Cyber Security Development Programme

Information Assurance Profession - Security Architect

Information Assurance Profession - Accreditation and Risk Management

All roles are in our Information Security team, are based in Cheltenham and are permanent. Our salary ranges for these roles are from £30,831 to £51,710 dependent on role, skills and experience (packages include basic salary and concessionary payment and we may offer you an additional one-off recruitment bonus).


As one of Britain’s intelligence agencies, we unlock the complex world of communications to make a real difference to the safety of the nation. We work closely with our partners in the intelligence community to safeguard Britain’s people, interests, and businesses from various threats. Think serious organised crime, such as people and drugs trafficking, or terrorism and cyber-attacks. It’s challenging and varied work that you won’t find anywhere else. 

At GCHQ, diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodiverse conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce.


We have an excellent benefits package which includes 25 days holiday as standard (pro rata) increasing to 30 days after five years, various flexible working patterns, including part-time, (dependent on business needs), a generous pension scheme, as well as parental and volunteering leave. There may be some scope to work from home in the future dependent on the role you apply for. We have a range of on-site facilities, including restaurants and coffee shops, gyms and free parking. Working at GCHQ, you’ll have a wide range of groups to join, all there to support you.


Here at GCHQ we’re proud of our inclusive and supportive working environment that’s designed to encourage open minds and attitudes. As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential. You’re not expected to come to us with a wealth of knowledge, or skills, on day one. With comprehensive training and development opportunities, tailored to your personal needs and the requirements of your work, we’ll enable you to flourish in your role and perform to the very best of your abilities.


Be prepared to dedicate 60-90 minutes towards completing your application. We are conscious this might be more time than you expected, so our system will allow you to save your application at any time and come back to it later. But remember to submit your full application before the closing date. 
If you meet the minimum eligibility and application sift criteria, the next steps of this selection process are: 
•    Interview
Online interviews will likely be held in September 2021. Further details of interview and assessment centre arrangements will be provided to those who successfully reach these stages. 

Disability Confident Statement:
As a Disability Confident employer, we will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview. This is known as the Offer of Interview (OOI). To secure an interview for this role, candidates applying under this scheme must meet the following minimum criteria:

•    That you meet out eligibility requirements (details can be found on this webpage)

Within the application form you will need to demonstrate:

For the Cyber Security Development Programme

•    Awareness of the latest technological and security developments and relevant legislation
•    Ability to build successful working relationships with a range of key customers and stakeholders to improve cyber security risk management.

For the Information Assurance Profession Roles

•    Professional working experience in an Information Assurance / Cyber Security environment
•    Experienced and comfortable making technology or design choices across a range of systems or providing security and risk advice directly to key stakeholders with differing business and technical backgrounds
•    Awareness of Cloud based technologies

If you successfully complete the required stages, and are successful at interview, you will receive a job offer conditional on you completing our developed vetting (DV) process, which enables you to obtain the level of security clearance required to undertake this role.
Please be aware that we withhold the right to bring forward the closing date for this role from the original closing date once a certain number of applications have been received. Please be mindful of this and submit your application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment. 


To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. One of your parents must be a British Citizen or must have one of the nationalities or citizenships from one of the following: British Overseas territory, British subject, British National (Overseas), British protected person, citizenship of the Commonwealth, EEA nationality, or citizenship of the United States of America. If deceased, have had such citizenship or nationality before death. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. If successful, you will not normally be required to give up your non-British citizenship but, as a condition of your employment or secondment, MI5 may impose restrictions on your postings, work travel and/or general use of that nationality. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for seven out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. Each case will be carefully considered on its own facts. You can apply at the age of 17 years and 6 months, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside of the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application. Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found on the Applying section.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.