Assistant Head Cyber Security

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Ministry of Defence

Job summary

Are you passionate about Digital, Data, Information and Innovation?

Would you like the unique opportunity to be part of major Digital Transformation Programme?

Are you looking for an employer who is passionate about your career who will support your career path, providing training and opportunities to progress? Who takes diversity and inclusion seriously?

Here at the Defence Medical Service, there is a unique opportunity to join the newly established Chief Digital Information Office. The DMS CDIO function is currently recruiting for a number of positions in all aspects of Digital Transformation ranging from Service Delivery through to Information Security and Data Exploitation. This is an opportunity to be at the start of an exciting journey, to develop and deliver transformation with likeminded professionals who are committed to succeed, to make a difference and who want to ensure that our entitled personal receive the best possible health care using the best possible digital and information solutions.

Job description

Assistant Head Cyber Security will be the SME for Cyber and Security across the Defence Medical Services.

Following the Government Security Profession Career Framework, the role will be responsible for building and maintaining a positive Cyber Security culture at all levels in the DMS engaging with the Chief Digital Information Officer and Senior Responsible Owners (SROs), to ensure teams, contributors and stakeholders adopt a positive cyber security posture. This role works closely with the AH Information and Knowledge Manager to ensure the Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability and Non-repudiation of all DMS information assets is maintained through a positive compliance culture.


Person specification

Responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and maintaining professional career pathways for the Cyber Security Function within DMS. Maintaining CDIO Operating Model through contributions at CDIO Senior Management Team (SMT) meetings and implementing activities. Working with Defence Digital and Contractors, ensure the DMS IT system and Application Architecture is documented, and security profiles are understood. Supporting the development and maintenance of Information Security policy and guidance for the DMS. Point of contact on Cyber Issues and incidents  Implementing Cyber Security Policies and maintaining the Cyber Control Framework  Manage Cyber Security Risks  Champion Cyber learning and Professional Development 

Candidates will be required to have the following essential skills and experience:

  • Experience of Security Accreditation processes  Experience of developing strong partnerships, working flexibly and collaboratively across teams and with senior stakeholders to meet delivery challenges.   Awareness of Data Protection policy and practical application in an information security environment 


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

  • Leadership Communicating and Influencing Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Skills Framework for an Information Age (SFIA) Information Security (SCTY) Level 5 – Skills Framework for an Information Age (SFIA) Security Administration (SCAD) Level 5 –



  • Alternative working practices such as hybrid working between home and office Learning and development tailored to your role
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity Free parking Hairdresser Barber Tailoress On site shops Canteen Access to gym A Civil Service Pension

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Selection process details

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


During the application process you will be asked to provide a 750 word personal statement illustrating how you meet the Essential Criteria described above and in the attached Terms of Reference document (including the 4 points below from the Defence Cyber Competency Framework). This will be tested at sift.

Operate – The ability to identify, analyse and subsequently take action that mitigates or removes threats to information technology systems. Can perform activities to protect and reduce the likelihood / impact of threats and targeted attacks against the organisation. Undertakes Cyber based operational activities that support wider effects-based outcomes.

Analyse – The ability to perform highly specialised review and evaluation of cyber, and cyber-related, information, can assess and determine the usefulness of this information for the purpose of intelligence gathering and in support of cyber operations. Includes the ability to investigate events or crimes related to information technology

Enabling Functions – The ability to provide the necessary supporting activities to ensure the effective and efficient across the spectrum of Cyber based activities within the domain. 

Strat Pol and Risk – The ability to provide leadership, develop and implement policies relating to the development employment of Cyber capabilities, including people. Can also adapt policy, plans and direction in response to evolving threat assessments and political requirements.

At sift your CV will be scored, please ensure you demonstrate that you have the required skills, knowledge, experience, qualifications and memberships in the CV section of the application form. Please make sure no personal details are included.

The Ministry of Defence is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for its staff which includes educating them on the benefits of not smoking, protecting them from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke and supporting those who want to give up smoking. Under the Smoke-Free Working Environment policy, Smoking and the use of all tobacco products (including combustible and chewing tobacco products) will not be permitted anywhere in the Defence working environment by 31st December 2022.

The policy is Whole Force and includes all Defence personnel, contractors, visitors and other non-MOD personnel. All applicants seeking, considering, or accepting employment with the Ministry of Defence should be aware of this policy and that it is already in place at a number of Defence Establishments. 

This job role may be suitable for hybrid working, which is an informal, non-contractual and voluntary arrangement, blending a balance of attendance in the workplace (your permanent duty station which is based on business assessment of where the work is best done) and working from home as a personal choice (if the role is suitable for this).  If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post. 

The sift will be completed within 5 working days of the vacancy closing date. Interviews will be held on a date to be confirmed. 

Requests to work flexibly will be considered, in the case of a job share this will need to make up the full time hours taking into account the business needs.

Please note the salary will be pro-rata where part time hours are undertaken.  

MOD policy remains aligned with the government position that vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others from the risk of getting seriously ill/dying from COVID-19 and reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others. 

We therefore encourage all our employees and prospective ones to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to any exemptions that may apply.  Detail concerning the options available for vaccination against COVID-19, along with information on risks and side effects is available from: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines – NHS ( to enable individuals to make an informed decision. 

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.  

If you need to advise us that you need additional help or reasonable adjustments for the recruitment process, please contact

This post does not offer any assistance with relocation allowances.

This role is reserved for UK Nationals Only.


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).

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People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.


Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.


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.


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