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Information Security jobs and careers

Why consider a career as an Information Security professional?

There are many good reasons to pursue a career in Information Security. It has become a critical part of any modern business & as more and more breaches hit the headlines, it has become clear that companies need more people focused on Information Security. Career progression opportunities are in abundance and if you demonstrate the right skills you will move up the ladder quickly.  You can guarantee that you will always be learning something new and as security affects everything and everyone, the sectors you can work in are not limited. 

Typical role titles include
CISO
Head of infosec
Security Manager
Security Consultant
Security Analyst
Security Engineer
Security Architect

Career progression example
Network/Infrastructure Engineer 
Security Operations Centre Analyst
Security Operations Centre Manager
Head of Information Security
CISO


Salary Benchmarks
At an entry-level, Infrastructure/Support Engineers will typically earn between £22k-£28k. During this time you will gain exposure to Network Security, Firewalls etc. and if you develop a passion/interest this could develop into e.g. a SOC Analyst role paying £30k-£40k.

As consultants rise through the ranks and increase their breadth of experience (Intrusion Detection, Vulnerabilities etc.) the salaries quickly increase from £40k to £50k/£60k/£70k. Industry-specific accreditations and team management experience will help you push through the £100k+ mark and the sky's the limit from there.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
The skills required to be an Information Security professional are as varied as the security issues faced by companies today. This makes it a bit difficult to define exactly what skills are needed. Many Security Professionals come from a background in Networking and Infrastructure Support. Whilst this is not the only route into the industry, it is generally expected that you will have a solid grasp of IT fundamentals. Many companies value aptitude over a long list of certifications. For example: 

  • The ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of IT Systems.
  • Someone who questions everything and is not afraid to challenge the norm 
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Passion for security and someone who demonstrates behaviours that seek to protect themselves and others in the digital world 
  •  An instinctive desire to seek out vulnerabilities and complete puzzles

What qualifications does it take?
There are numerous Information Security qualifications & certifications, a few of the more recognised ones are below:

CISSP
CSSP
CISA
CISM
CEH
Cyber Security (MSc)
Computer Forensics (MSc)

 

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  • 16th Aug

    Information Security Manager

    — brand new department

    Location:
    Cardiff
    Type:
    Salary:
    £65K
    Opportunity to make your mark within a new department for the business Flexible working hours Great career progression An award-winning financial services company is looking for an Information Security Manager to join their growing team in Cardiff. They pride themselves on being a people centric company, creating a flexible working environment for their employees and ensuring a good work life balance. Within this role, you will be tasked with creating a strong technology environment that reduces the information security risk for the business. What skills you’ll need Solid knowledge and experience in security (sec ops/risk management/ architecture etc) Application and infrastructure security experience Knowledge of web-based technologies and cloud computing Experience performing security solution design reviews and promoting best practice Knowledge of security exploits and threats Ability to network across the business and communicate to all levels What you’ll be doing Your role will involve providing consultancy to both the business and projects. You will support security risk assessments and collaborate across the wider information security teams. Analysing potential threats and communicating this clearly to the business. You’ll support key stakeholders and guide them through information security and support in the management of security programmes within the group. You will also be involved in vulnerability management. What you’ll get in return for your experience  On offer is a salary up to £65,000, you will also receive a generous benefits package which includes share scheme, pension 6% matched contribution, life assurance, travel season ticket loans, gym membership, free parking, cycle to work scheme, parental perks and more. As well as this they are committed to your professional development and can offer a in depth training and development plan. What's next? Sound great? Send in your CV now for more info to Paige or call 01179 269 530.  
  • 7th Aug

    Application Security Engineer

    — digital transformation

    Location:
    Cardiff
    Type:
    Salary:
    £58K
    Exciting time to be joining a company who are currently going through a big digital transformation Great benefits package 12% pension, bonus, healthcare insurance Friendly, close knit business that can offer good career progression An opportunity is available for an Application Security Engineer to join a financial services company in Cardiff who are currently going through a huge digital transformation. Your role will be to analyse applications from a security perspective and work closely with the development teams to help resolve any identified security issues. What skills you’ll need Solid background in Cyber Security Experience with vulnerability testing tools Good knowledge of DevOps and DevSecOps practices Cloud technologies (ideally Azure) Experience with programming languages such as Python, Java, MySQL   What you’ll be doing Your role will be to analyse applications from a security perspective and work closely with the development teams to help resolve any identified security issues. As well as this, you will also work with a wide range of other technical teams that such as infrastructure, architecture, service delivery, test and business units.  Part of your role will be to consult the business on security for applications and consult on relevant tools and processes. You will be responsible for implementing new application security technologies that are up to date and in line with the latest industry trends. Producing an application security strategy and lead the changes necessary to ensure this is adopted by the wider business. As the business grows, there will be a need to use services via third parties and your role will be to manage those vendors. What you’ll get in return for your experience  On offer is a salary up to £58,000, you will also receive 12% pension, annual bonus, 27.5 days holiday, life cover 10 x salary, salary sacrifice scheme (private dental, health insurance, retail vouchers, cycle to work scheme), on-site gym and a discounted staff restaurant. What's next? Sound great? Send in your CV now for more info to Paige or call 01179 269 530.  
  • 7th Aug

    IAM Security Engineer

    — digital transformation

    Location:
    Cardiff
    Type:
    Salary:
    £78K
    Exciting time to be joining a company who are currently going through a big digital transformation Great benefits package 12% pension, bonus, healthcare insurance Good career progression opportunities A financial services company is looking for an IAM Security Engineer to join their security team in Cardiff. They are an international business who turned over 1.12 billion last year and they are currently going through a big digital transformation.  They operate a family feel culture and this is reflected in their high retention rate. This is a great opportunity for someone who is technical and looking for a hands-on role to really make your mark within the business. What skills you’ll need Solid background in Cyber Security and IAM experience Experience of Identity and Access Management suites   Technical skills - Linux, Windows, Android, Azure, IAM technologies  Ideally you will have relevant certifications such as CISSP, CIAM, CIST, CIMP   What you’ll be doing The focus of your role is being an expert of Identity and Access Management Services for applications, systems, data and cloud platforms. You will be working closely with a number of technical teams ensuring that the IAM services meets both today’s requirements and that it is in line with the business’s current transformation programme. Acting as the SME for all things relating IAM. You will implement ABAC solutions that have been defined and documented. Carry out initial security testing of systems during the software development lifecycle. Work closely with vendors to ensure standards are met for internal and external identity access over network channels. What you’ll get in return for your experience  On offer is a salary up to £78,000, you will also receive 12% pension, annual bonus, 27.5 days holiday, life cover 10 x salary, salary sacrifice scheme (private dental, health insurance, retail vouchers, cycle to work scheme), on-site gym and a discounted staff restaurant. What's next? Sound great? Send in your CV now for more info to Paige or call 01179 269 530.  
  • 25th Jul

    Security Engineer

    — Outstanding Green-Tech Specialist

    Location:
    London
    Type:
    Salary:
    £50-75K
    Disrupting the energy market, leading the way through the power of tech. Featured in the The Sunday Times as one of the best companies to work for in the UK Flexible working, tailored training package and career progression. An opportunity has arisen for a Senior Security Engineer to join a renewable energy company based in Bristol. They pride themselves on being a close-knit community who are passionate about producing powerful technology to promote green, clean energy. They have experienced phenomenal growth over the last couple of years are continuing to expand. They are looking for someone with application security experience who can help the development teams become more security focused.  What skills you’ll need Passionate about learning new skills and self-development. Experience with threat modelling. Application Security  Previous experience in Cloud technologies. Software Engineering experience. Information Security Certifications (CISSP, CISMP, CEH etc). A background in DevOps or SecOps. Experience with SIEM platforms, Enterprise IT platforms and Intrusion detection tools. What you’ll be doing You will work closely with a cross-functional technology team to improve the current security function. The goal is to continuously improve the security capability through planning, designing and building on the current platform. You will do this by using different tools and concepts. You will collaborate with the wider Tech community driving both product and security improvements. You will identify emerging technology issues such as security trends, vulnerabilities and new threat intelligence.  Other responsibilities include analysing security weaknesses and recommending appropriate strategies to better protect partners of the organisation. What you’ll get in return for your experience  On offer is a salary between £50,000-£75,000.  As a company that prides themselves on training and development, you will receive a tailored training plan. You will also receive a bonus (12%), pension, 26 days holiday (plus option to buy or sell more), flexible working hours, free breakfast, flexible benefit fund (4% of annual salary), onsite gym and lots of social events from meetups to beers on a Friday! What's next? Sound great? Send in your CV now for more info to Paige or call 01179 269 530.  
  • 24th Jul

    Security Consultant

    — flexible working hours

    Location:
    Type:
    Salary:
    £50-£70K
      Working in an open and accessible team Flexible working hours Great career progression An award-winning financial services company is looking for a Security Consultant to join their growing team in Cardiff. You will be providing security expertise that will support the business in understanding their security risk exposure and supporting a developed understanding of the security risks at hand. Your work will enable the business to effectively prioritise the necessary activities and provide adequate investment for their security functions. This is a business that prides themselves on their people centric culture and their ability to provide a healthy work/life balance.   What skills you’ll need Strong security consulting background. Ability to explain complex, technical information to a variety of audiences. Experience performing risk assessments Ideally you will have experience with cloud technologies (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform) Certifications such as CISSP, CISM etc would be desirable but not essential   What you’ll be doing You will be responsible for reviewing Information Security risks and putting the appropriate controls in place to help mitigate these risks. You will support the delivery of security projects and provide mentoring and support on information security topics. You will look into emerging trends through reporting and collating your findings. Provide security advice for new products or areas of business expansion.  You will be tasked with dealing with any internal information security queries that come through and facilitate regular security risk reviews.  Part of your role will also be to develop and maintain stakeholder relationships across the group.   What you’ll get in return for your experience  On offer is a salary between £50,000-£70,000, you will also receive a generous benefits package which includes share scheme, pension 6% matched contribution, life assurance, travel season ticket loans, gym membership, free parking, cycle to work scheme, parental perks and more. As well as this, they are committed to your professional development and can offer an in depth training and development plan.     What's next? Sound great? Send in your CV now for more info to Paige or call 01179 269 530.  
Information Security jobs and careers

Information Security jobs and careers case studies

SciSys

Employer of choice for Developers

  • SCISYS are a leading an international software and solutions company.
  • Enjoying a period of high growth SCISYS were looking to expand their technology team at pace and required an agency that would not only find the right talent, but also support the development of their employer brand. 
  • To achieve this, we introduced SCISYS to our tech community partners, helping them to raise their profile in the developer community, placing them solidly on the map as an employer of choice for developers and wider technology people. 
  • Through our consultative approach, we provided market guidance and knowledge, along with a comprehensive resourcing campaign that resulted in the successful hire of several hard to fill vacancies, from Developers to Solution Architects. 

“ADLIB have been a huge help throughout a very busy year of growth here at SCISYS. Not only have they supported with live requirements, they have also provided valuable market information throughout the year which has in turn supported with our hiring decisions and future growth plans. We look forward to a continued partnership throughout 2019.”

Mollie Hatton, Recruitment Manager, at SCISYS 
 

Immersive Labs

Expanding their team of Developers at pace

  • Immersive Labs help reduce the risk of attacks via a class leading cyber-learning environment. 
  • As a fast growing business, Immersive Labs needed to work with a recruiter that was able to get to the heart of their culture to deliver hard to find technology expertise. Step forward ADLIB's technology recruitment team. Through our in-depth knowledge of the local candidate market skilled in JavaScript libraries such as React and Ruby on Rails and our ability to find the right personality match, we quickly identified the talent required and all in line with critical business timings.
  • With more and more companies hunting out similar skill sets, a major contributor to the success of the campaign was them being a business with a culture for R&D, cutting edge technology, highly competitive salaries & benefits and the opportunity to be part of a tech-first and people focused culture.

"ADLIB's comprehensive understanding of the local tech market and the challenges faced by quickly growing start-ups has been significant in helping us grow over the last two years"

Greg Craft, Talent Director at Immersive Labs 
 

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