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Cyber Assurance Adviser

  • Public sector
  • 09/07/2024
  • £40,850.00 - £44,260.00 /yearly
  • Full Time & Permanent

Job Overview

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Full Time & Permanent


£40,850 - £44,260 yearly

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Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester, York

Job summary

Business Unit Information

The Government Security Function (GSF) oversees the delivery of protective security across Government. Our Mission is to enable Government to protect citizens and provide vital public services by understanding and managing security risks. We set the strategy and standards for Government Security, monitor departmental security performance, manage pan-government security incidents, support the delivery of key security capabilities and lead the Government Security Profession.

The Government Security Group (GSG) is the centre of the Function, based within the Cabinet Office. GSG is transforming the Governments approach to protective security to ensure it is fit to meet the challenges of the digital age. This role offers an exciting opportunity to work in a fast-paced, dynamic team, with a breadth of stakeholders including in other Government departments, the National Technical Authorities and the Agencies, and to contribute to delivering improved security across Government. 

The Cyber Defence directorate within GSG is responsible for delivering the Government Cyber Security Strategy, to protect public services and improve cyber resilience across government. The team covers all aspects of defensive cyber security for Government including strategy, policy, assurance, red teaming, capability development, and the operational deliverables of incident, risk and vulnerability management. If youre passionate about protecting public services, you enjoy working in a dynamic environment with supportive colleagues, and you have a grounding in cyber security, this is the team for you.

Job description

This role will be joining the Cyber Assurance team, a critical component of the Cyber Directorate responsible for evaluating and improving cyber security across government. We have rolled out a new approach to assurance, GovAssure, which is transforming governments approach to cyber security and resilience. As part of this team you will gain a unique insight into the cyber security challenges facing government and its partners, and will work with National Technical Authorities, the national security community and industry to tackle these challenges. You will build trusted relationships with departmental delivery teams through direct engagement, and use your understanding of departmental context to shape implementation of the scheme. This is an exciting opportunity to work at the heart of government, delivering a ground-breaking new approach to cyber security assurance as part of a collaborative, inclusive and skilled team.

Person specification

The post holder will be responsible for:

  • Building strong relationships with stakeholders across departments and National Technical Authorities;
  • Understanding cyber security maturity and delivery at departmental level, including key barriers to achieving good cyber security outcomes;
  • Engage with a portfolio of organisations throughout the GovAssure process;
  • Advising departments on the implementation of the GovAssure process, including supporting scoping activity and risk-based, proportionate implementation application;
  • Support organisations during the self-assessments stage and conduct reviews at set stages;
  • Evaluating the success of the GovAssure scheme and identifying opportunities for improvement;
  • Recommending strategic changes including new policy and capability initiatives to address cross-cutting issues;
  • Briefing senior stakeholders on cyber security issues;
  • Contributing to government strategy, policy and cyber assurance activity through engagement with the wider Cyber Directorate team;
  • You will also have the opportunity to support broader operational requirements in crisis as part of our broader surge capacity.

Our cyber posts attract a skills based DDAT pay lead.  This post is subject to a DDAT skills assessed non pensionable pay lead. In certain circumstances exceptional candidates may be eligible for a higher starting salary. This post is national and the team works in a hybrid work pattern with occasional travel to London. Cabinet Office have access to a number of government offices in the UK. Please talk to us about how we can accommodate your geographic circumstances. 

Essential skills and experience:

  • Experience of working in cyber security
  • Confident working with both technical and business stakeholders

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Experience of applying risk management in cyber security or security assurance
  • Experience of working in national security 
  • Working across organisations with a range of stakeholders

Level of Security Clearance required (must be SC minimum):

  • SC - with a willingness to undergo DV if required.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
Alongside your salary of £40,850, Cabinet Office contributes £11,029 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • Opportunities to gain real-world experience in Cybersecurity at a cross-HMG and national level
  • Learning and development tailored to your role.
  • An environment with flexible working options.
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity.
  • A Civil Service Pension which provides an attractive pension, benefits for dependants and average employer contributions of 27%.
  • A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30.
  • This role also attracts a skills based Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Recruitment Retention Allowance. This will follow a DDAT skills assessment based on your experience and skills. In certain circumstances exceptional candidates may also be eligible for a higher starting salary.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

Application process

You will be asked to provide an anonymised CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements, and a 250 word personal statement, The personal statement will be assessed against the essential and desired skills in the person specification and should set out how you meet these requirements.

Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

You will assessed against the following behaviours as outlined in the Civil Service Success Profiles framework:

Making Effective Decisions
Communicating and Influencing
Changing and Improving
Working Together

Selection process

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be undertaken using the lead behaviour 'Making Effective Decisions'. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment / interview. 

If selected for interview, you will be assessed against the above behaviours.

Expected timeline (subject to change)

Expected sift date w/c 5th August 24
Expected interview date/s w/c 12th August 24
Interview location - Online via Google Meet

Reasonable adjustments

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 Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs. 

Complete the Assistance required section in the Additional requirements page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at an interview, or if youre deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Further information

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'contact point for applicants' section.

Please note that this role requires SC clearance, which would normally need 5 years UK residency in the past 5 years. This is not an absolute requirement, but supplementary checks may be needed where individuals have not lived in the UK for that period. This may mean your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.

Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.

Any move to Cabinet Office 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  

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months, from which further appointments can be made.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service /Disclosure Scotland on your behalf.

However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

For further information on the Disclosure Scotland confidential checking service telephone: the Disclosure Scotland Helpline on 0870 609 6006 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email [email protected]

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicants details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

This role is full time only. Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply however your preferred working pattern may not be available and you should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).
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.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Civil Service is committed to attract, retain and invest in talent wherever it is found. To learn more please see the Civil Service People Plan (opens in a new window) and the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (opens in a new window).
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment (opens in new window).
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

Recruitment team

Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commissions Recruitment Principles. If you feel that your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and wish to make a complaint, then in the first instance you should contact Government Recruitment Service by email at : [email protected]
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, then you can contact the Civil Service Commission at [email protected]. For further information on the Recruitment Principles. and bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission, please visit their website at:


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