Information Assurance

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Information Assurance

In Information Assurance (IA) we provide world class advice and consultancy services to a variety of government and industry customers globally. Join us and you’ll help to ensure that the technologies used across the UK protect the information they carry. It's complex, challenging and high profile work, keeping critical IT infrastructure, data, systems and communications safe and secure against a variety of threats.

Information Assurance roles

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Information Security Advisors

When acting as a consultant you’ll use your analytical, decision-making and communication skills to provide reliable advice. In this varied role, as well as developing policy for government departments and suppliers, and assessing how different technologies manage information risk, you’ll need an understanding of information risk management, information security, cyber security or information assurance.

System Designers

Translating IA business requirements into technical solutions, you’ll ensure technical system architectures are aligned with information assurance principles, with strong security protections built in. An influential communicator with a strong technical background, you’ll build effective customer relationships.

You could be working in our Information Assurance or Technology & Engineering areas so content will differ dependent on the area. A knowledge of, or interest in, national and international organisational structures, or risk management, security policy framework and ISO 27001 could be useful.

Technical Analysts

We face a variety of technical challenges every day, involving both current and future technologies. You’ll be using specialist analytics tools and techniques to resolve a range of complex problems, so you'll need the tenacity to focus on a problem until you’ve solved it.

With an understanding of programming, computers and computer networks, telecommunications or operating systems, you’ll ideally have a technical degree.

Specialist R&D

Investigating information security issues from a hardware perspective, you’ll focus on microelectronics and field-programmable gate array (FPGA).

Technical R&D

Investigating the latest products and technologies for exploitable vulnerabilities, you'll tackle a variety of highly technical problems. You’ll be working with a variety of architectures, networks, infrastructures, platforms, radio frequencies, biometrics, mobile technologies, PCBs, cryptography and cryptographic applications. So, as well as knowledge of hardware and software security, you’ll need a curiosity about the way things work and a keen eye for detail.

In this role you could be working in our Information Assurance or Technology & Engineering areas. So a knowledge of, or interest in, national and international organisational structures, or risk management, security policy framework and ISO 27001 could be useful.

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