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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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    Hot Jobs Release Train Manager

    — International Financial Services & Banking Company

    Location:
    Bristol
    Type:
    Salary:
    Up to £80k
    Brand new Release Train Manager role in the heart of Bristol. Work on a large scale digital transformation project for a leading financial services company. Be rewarded with a hugely competitive salary and benefits package, including 10% pension.  One of the UKs most established financial services companies are looking for a Release Train Manager to join their digital studio in Central Bristol. The business operates across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America, serving almost 19 million customers Worldwide. Currently undergoing a large-scale digital transformation to modernise critical legacy systems you’ll play an integral role in driving the delivery to meet objectives. What you’ll be doing As Release Train Manager you will be working within the commercial banking arm of the business and you will lead the platform transformation with the support of your team covering all areas from mobile app, everyday servicing, API and microservices to support the main website channels.  You will work in cross-functional teams, engaging with the wider business (some of which work within more traditional methodologies - Waterfall), coaching the teams ensuring that teams are collaborating and communicating updates and changes throughout all stages of the project, ensuring that everybody is aligned and are ultimately helping customers. With the support of your team of 10 Delivery Managers and Scrum Masters, together you will run workshops, look at different approaches, regular stand ups, ensuring that the vision and pipeline are being met at all times and constantly developing continuous improvements through Agile coaching.  What skills you’ll need You will currently be working as a Release Train Manager/ Release Manager/ Programme Manager. Background in leading large scale digital transformation projects across the development lifecycle, including apps and websites. Strong communication skills, working with cross-functional and remote teams. We need somebody that is innovative and constantly looking for new ways to improve things - looking at processes, methodologies, communication, systems, to drive positive change and continuous improvements through Agile coaching.   Experience in management (line managing a team of 10 Delivery Managers and Scrum Masters), somebody who is a natural leader, that can lead and motivate teams and is also not afraid to get hands on when necessary.  Sector experience is desirable (financial services) or experience working within a regulatory environment.  Experience working in an Agile environment. What you’ll get in return for your talents In return the business has some very competitive benefits. You'll not only be rewarded with a great salary but you will receive a flexible 20% benefits package on top. You can use this on healthcare, your pension, exclusive product and lifestyle offers and learning programmes. Alongside the financials you'll get to work in a modern and collaborative work space in the heart of Bristol, work with some genuinely talented minds in tech and be part of the digital transformation for a big name brand. What’s next? If you meet the above criteria then please send an up to date CV through to Fran at ADLIB for immediate consideration (francesca@adlib-recruitment.co.uk) or click apply now. 
  • 16th Mar

    Hot Jobs Technical Lead (Polyglot, AWS)

    — Java, Scala, Python, C#, Ruby or Groovy

    Location:
    Bristol
    Type:
    Salary:
    £70K - £95K
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  • 3rd Apr

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    — PHP, Exciting Projects

    Location:
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    Type:
    Salary:
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  • 3rd Apr

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    — Top Digital Agency

    Location:
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    Type:
    Salary:
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    Location:
    Brighton
    Type:
    Salary:
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  • 2nd Apr

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    — AI software for self-driving vehicles

    Location:
    Bristol or Cambridge
    Type:
    Salary:
    Flexible on experience
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  • 2nd Apr

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    Location:
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    Type:
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  • 1st Apr

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    — AI start-up, complex simulation development

    Location:
    Bristol
    Type:
    Salary:
    £80K
    Gain cloud and DevOps experience. Clear progression path into more managerial role.  Flexible & remote working options. An AI start-up based in Bristol is looking for a Principal Software Engineer to join their growing team. They are looking for someone technically strong who can bridge the gap between management and the development team. You will still be hands-on, and you won’t be asked to people manage however you will be on hand to direct the team and offer advice on approaches. You will be working on Greenfield projects across a variety of tech stacks so this would really suit a polyglot developer who is happy working across different technologies. What skills you’ll need Strong communication skills are essential. Experience with Android development. OOP languages C#, Python, C++ etc. Experience juggling multiple projects at one time.   Ability to pick up technologies quickly. Bonus skills  Cloud experience (Azure, AWS, GCP). DevOps and DevSecOps.  Kotlin.  What you’ll be doing This is an exciting business with interesting projects using cutting edge technologies but as the company grows there is a real focus on communication across the teams. You will help to bridge this gap. You will be carrying out development as well as being the technical point of contact for the team. You will be using a wide range of tech and be working on some of the most interesting projects globally from machine learning and deep learning to lean services architecture. What you’ll get in return for your experience  On offer is a salary between £60,000 - £80,000, you will also receive a benefits package, an on-site gym, flexible/ remote working, free food and drink. This would be a great opportunity for anyone wanting to get into a more managerial position in the future as there is a clear progression path available within a growing team.  What's next? Sound great? Send in your CV now for more info to George or call 01179 269 530.
  • 1st Apr

    QA Engineer

    — Thriving start-up, lots of autonomy

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Type:
    Salary:
    £35K-£45K
    Make the role your own, take a lead position. Start-up that have turned down investment due to own success. Remote working, flexible hours, nice benefits.   A brand-new start-up who create intuitive software solutions in the form of native applications and platforms are already making major movements in their market; and following an extremely successful period of sustained growth they are now looking for a QA Engineer to take on a variety of important duties within the tech team. Experience you’ll need Have done a variety of testing (end-to-end, manual, automated) You will be confident in performing all integration, regression and functional testing required on your project. Solid principles of TDD & BDD Able to create and deploy test plans Implement the right tools and frameworks for the task at hand Experience in building and leading a team of testers would be ideal Able to work in collaboration with a development team Be familiar with testing websites and apps across a wide range of browsers and devices. Experience working in an Agile environment Interest in developing monitoring and alerting strategies to minimise the impact of bugs found after a product is live Should be security conscious and test according to best standards Help deliver training material What you’ll be doing You will be responsible for developing, maintaining and deploying test plans whilst working closely with developers and product owners to maintain a high level of product quality. You will also be building and leading a QA team, but this won’t be straight away, you will begin as a QA Engineer learning from seniors in the team, as you grow and make the role your own you can step up into a lead position. It is important that you have solid principles, implement the right tools, own the whole testing space in an agile fashion and as time goes on you will help deliver training material and support/mentor more junior people. What you’ll get in return for your talents Along with a salary between £35K-£45K you will be entitled to flexible working hours + remote working, 25 days holiday, private healthcare, pension, choose your own kits, training & conference budget, company phone paid for, hacks/R&D days, team social trips, coffee, fruit, beers etc, cycle to work scheme, hot-desk space, paid for courses of your choice, 5 days off if you’re getting married, the day off if you’re moving house, and charity days It’s a rare position with the opportunity to grow with a thriving start-up. What’s next? If you’d like to apply or find out more just give George a shout (George@adlib-recruitment.co.uk; 01179269530)
  • 1st Apr

    JavaScript Engineer

    — World class tech start-up, work with great talent

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Type:
    Salary:
    £30K-£45K
    Learn from very talented senior engineers. Work with the latest languages – Node, React, React Native Remote working, flexible hours, nice benefits.   A brand-new start-up who create intuitive software solutions in the form of native applications and platforms are already making major movements in their market; and following an extremely successful period of sustained growth they are now looking for a JavaScript Engineer to take on a variety of important duties within the tech team. Experience you’ll need You will have been working with JavaScript commercially for a few years. NodeJS experience is essential. Good experience of ES6. Good understanding of Unit testing and TDD. React / React Native Experience beneficial. Any cloud experience would be very beneficial e.g. AWS or GCP. Exposure to CI/CD. Exposure to Git flow or similar. Experience working in an Agile environment. Passionate about learning the right technologies for the task. What you’ll be doing You will be joining a small team of senior engineers who will support you on your journey, which involves responsibilities such as developing, testing and maintaining backend API’s with some front end and mobile development, which will be React, Node and React Native. You will work with the QA lead and other developers, using the right tools and languages to ensure a high quality of product. As time goes on you will have the chance/be expected to research new technologies/tools that could benefit the tech stack, you can then implement those with support from other engineers, it’s important to stay up to date! There will also be opportunities to travel for meetings and client presentations. You should be comfortable in this environment and thrive when presenting the product. What you’ll get in return for your talents Along with a salary between £30K-£45K you will be entitled to flexible working hours + remote working, 25 days holiday, private healthcare, pension, choose your own kits, training & conference budget, company phone paid for, hacks/R&D days, team social trips, coffee, fruit, beers etc, cycle to work scheme, hot-desk space, paid for courses of your choice, 5 days off if you’re getting married, the day off if you’re moving house, and charity days. It’s a rare position with the opportunity to grow with a thriving start-up who will reward you for your efforts. What’s next? If you’d like to apply or find out more just give George a shout (George@adlib-recruitment.co.uk; 01179269530)
Information Security jobs and careers

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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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