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
Head of infosec
Career progression example
Security Operations Centre Analyst
Security Operations Centre Manager
Head of Information Security
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:
Cyber Security (MSc)
Computer Forensics (MSc)
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— Public Sector ClientsLocation:Bristol/ RemoteSalary:Up to £70kProduct Director opportunity to join a leading digital agency. Role is remote with 1 day per week in offices - Bristol/ Oxford or London. Work with their government clients on large scale projects. We’re working with an established digital agency that, due to growth are now searching for a Senior Product Owner to work within their public sector client base, owning the product vision and leading on projects. What you’ll be doing As Product Director, you will come in take a step back and be responsible for designing, developing and owning the product roadmap and prioritising development efforts to enable the businesses to drive proactive and very targeted growth within your client base. You’ll be translating features and developments in the product roadmap into details technical specifications and will oversee the delivery of this through guiding the activity of the development functions with the support of Delivery Managers. This is an end to end role, you will be doing everything you’d expect from Agile rituals, through to creating user stories and test cases, through to managing and reporting on the backlog and progress against the roadmap. This role is strategic, you will set the vision for your clients on product and digital strategies in collaboration with your clients and the wider team and you will be responsible for the quality of the products, the go to person for any strategic product advice, able to help your colleagues and support them by being the point of escalation driving positive outcomes. What experience you’ll need You will currently be working as a Product Manager/ Senior Product Manager/ Product Director/ Head of Product within the public sector or in a similar role crossing over into product such as a UX Designer, UX Lead, Developer, Tech Director or even Delivery Manager/ Senior Digital Project Manager. Understanding of GDS framework and have delivered projects encompassing GDS (Government Digital Service) assessments and tollgates within that. You will understand the complexities, challenges and solutions that have worked for you. Strong technical understanding, experience working on projects across user experience, integrations, content management and content strategy. A natural leader, that can mentor, coach and lead on projects, coming up with solutions and being the go to person for all product related questions from strategy through to delivery. Analytical mind and passionate about customers and building the best possible user experience, monitoring your metrics and see whether you’re delivering. Strong communication skills as this role is client-facing and involves a lot of stakeholder management. Agile experience. Experience in strategic product development as you’ll own the direction of your clients digital products. What you’ll get in return for your talents A competitive salary is on offer in the range of £45k - £70k, which will entirely come down to experience. In addition to this you’ll receive a company bonus, pension, healthcare and the opportunity to join an employee owned business where you have autonomy and contribute to the direction of the business. What’s next? If you have public sector experience and meet the above criteria then click apply or email an updated CV through to email@example.com for immediate consideration.
— innovative cyber security businessLocation:Oxfordshire (Remote)Salary:£50K - £70KTerraform, Kubernetes, Docker, AWS. 100% remote working. Exciting project pipeline, new & emerging tech, collaborative culture. An innovative cyber security business in Oxfordshire is looking for a talented DevOps Engineer to join their expanding team on a fully remote basis (aside from monthly/bi-monthly meetings onsite in Oxfordshire) and facilitate the seamless deployment of their ground-breaking product. Their product focusses on a suite of educational cyber security tools used by major programmes worldwide and has seen huge success already, with nearly 300,000 users and growing. Working closely with a tight knit team of engineers you’ll play an important role in taking the business into the next phase of their exciting product roadmap throughout 2020 and beyond. What skills you’ll need Proven background as a DevOps Engineer or Developer with experience of ops. Significant experience with AWS. AWS certification (Architect or Professional) is desirable. Experience working with Docker & containerisation (Kubernetes, ECS, EKS). An understanding of CI/CD tools such as Jenkins and ability to design & implement CI/CD pipelines. Scripting experience with Bash or Python. Good working knowledge of Linux and Cloud Infrastructure. Any knowledge of Terraform or Packer would be a bonus. What you’ll be doing Sitting within a highly dynamic and talented technology team your focus will be to manage all aspects of the company’s infrastructure and to enhance production/deployment cycles across multiple output streams. You will be responsible for designing and implementing state of the art CI/CD pipelines, architecting new automation solutions to help accelerate development efforts and streamline deployment. Working closely with Software Engineers and the technical team lead you will act as the go-to platform specialist, overseeing performance, automation, monitoring and troubleshooting as well as advocate for DevOps best practices. What you’ll get in return This is the chance to join a highly successful, cybersecurity business with a global reach. You’ll be part of a team that’s on the company’s cutting edge, with the chance to play with new tech and test new ideas. You’ll be offered a competitive salary of £70K, 28 days holiday, competitive pension scheme, private healthcare, flexitime, a sociable and enjoyable working environment with regular team socials (when they’re allowed again!). What’s next Want to be considered? Send in your CV Now to firstname.lastname@example.org or call in for a chat 01179269530.
— Pioneering Robotics Start-upLocation:LondonSalary:Up to £80,000● Pioneering start-up at the forefront AI and Machine Learning. ● Opportunity to work with world experts in the Robotics field. ● Flexible working environment within a sociable team. You will be working with a team of industry world experts, to ensure the business software solutions meet the highest standard in terms of quality, robustness and reliability. What you’ll be doing You will be working closely with developers and other stakeholders on every step of building, testing and releasing of software products. Designing testing strategies and automating testing and developing infrastructure and frameworks. Maintaining and extending the functionality of continuous integration (CI) as well as resolving bugs and where not, escalating appropriately. You will also be producing technical reports and documentation. What experience you’ll need to apply Knowledge of testing and software engineering best practice. Experience in C++. Experience with Linux. Experience of CI. Experience in Python or another scripting language. Knowledge of Robotics. Comfortable with autonomy. What you’ll get in return for your experience A competitive salary + meaningful equity and other benefits including, annual leave and company pension. If you are relocating for this role, the business will cover your costs. This organisation has a flexible working culture that allows for a work/life balance. The team are friendly and sociable, and lunches, dinner and drinks are a weekly event. There is also an annual learning budget for each member of the team. What's next? To apply, please send your CV to email@example.com
— Innovative, progressive, seriously talentedLocation:Bristol (remote for now)Salary:£45K-£60KVery unique model that started in Bristol in 2016 and is now worldwide. Have flexibility on the modern tech – React, Elixir, Typescript and more. Flexible/remote working, nice office, team events, travel costs covered. A company recognised worldwide are offering a unique self-service model that has revolutionised the industry are on a growth mission looking to hire another Senior Front-End Developer with the opportunity to eventually move into a Lead role, for the right person. If you’re looking to be part of one of the most exciting companies to come out of the UK in recent years, then this could be a great position for you! What experience you’ll need Some very good experience using React & Typescript. If you’ve used Elixir, Rust, Dato CMS or Heroku that would be a big bonus. CI/CD is handled with CircleCI and Git so experience with those would be good too. Ideally have done TDD, documentation etc. Team player and able to work well with others as well as mentoring. Agile experience. Bonus Points for UI/UX experience, understanding on-page SEO and accessibility. What you’ll be doing You will join a very talented dev team of roughly 10 in the Bristol office and you’ll be working on a variety of fun and exciting projects that are in the pipeline, such as re-building the website, mobile app and working on various models for customers that will improve the future of the business offering. It’s a unique company with a very flexible stance on development, so you must be willing to cross over on languages if needs be and pick up new tech where required, ideally you will be able to introduce new tech to benefit the programming within the team who work in 2 week sprints. It’s important that you collaborate on projects with other developers and team members if you are working in the office or remotely. They have brilliant project managers to work with, who take on a lot of the responsibility to give the dev team more focus on programming and using the right tools. What you’ll get in return for your talents The salary on offer is between £45K-£60K with some generous benefits, you get a high spec laptop, flexible working hours with a mix of office and remote working, dressed down environment with a social atmosphere in the office. Your travel costs to work are also covered, they even have a flat in London on the company expense if you were to go and work on-site there (rare case, and optional if you like). The team likes to get together for drinks and dinner with tons of social events so there is a great chance to bond with the people you work with, you will always be supported in your role by other developers and leaders. This truly is a very exciting role! What’s next? Interested? Get in touch with Tareek ASAP (01179 269 530).
— Brand-new product, progression to Tech LeadLocation:BristolSalary:£50K - £55K (Flexible)Very unique model with a brand-new booking system. Diverse tech stack utilising functional techniques. Flexible/remote working, amazing office, team events. A start-up with sites across the EU and US offer a unique self-service model to people that has revolutionised the industry are on a growth mission which includes a Senior Back-End Developer. If you’re looking to be part of one of the most exciting start-ups to come out of the UK then this could be a great position for you. What experience you’ll need Understanding of functional programming, open to Elixir, Scala, Rust, Clojure etc. Proven JVM or Ruby development experience. Knowledge of containerisation (Docker, Kubernetes). Continuous integration using CircleCI or similar. Cloud-native development experience, preferably with Heroku/AWS. Ability to work at senior level and act as technical lead on projects where required. Flexibility on the tech you work with. What you’ll be doing Joining a small, diverse development team you’ll be focusing on a brand-new product, a unique booking system which includes IoT devices, audio/video streaming services plus other new features in the pipeline. Your focus will be on the back-end of the product and wider platform, helping others in the team to write production ready code whilst upholding high coding standards and liaising closely with the product manager to ensure the roadmap is aligned for each sprint. The business takes a continuous delivery approach, working highly Agile with regular releases. As a senior in the team it’s expected that you can act as technical lead on projects where required, mentoring junior members in the team, guiding them on best practice and methodology approach. It’s important that you collaborate on projects with other developers and team members if you are working in the office or remotely. They have brilliant project/product managers to work with, who take on a lot of the responsibility to give the engineering team more focus on programming and using the tools. What you’ll get in return for your talents You’ll get a high spec laptop from the start, flexible working hours with remote options when they’re back in the office. Constant training and progression with an annual budget to spend on personal development, healthy pension scheme, cycle to work scheme. The team likes to get together for drinks and dinner (safely!) so there is a great chance to bond with the people you work with, you will always be supported in your role by other developers and leaders. This truly is a very exciting start-up to be a part of! What’s next? Interested? Contact Joe or send in your CV to find out more.
— Remote Working - Bristol ClientLocation:Remote + BristolType:Salary:Up to £300 p/dayUp to £300 p/day. Ruby on Rails Development. Remote Working Options. 3-month initial contract opportunity, for a Ruby on Rails Developer to work for a truly exciting, Bristol-based business. What you'll be doing Working for a very cool, specialist company, based predominantly from your home office - with potential to go onsite, depending on lockdown restrictions and personal preference. What experience you'll need to apply for this role Ruby on Rails (Expert). AWS (Advanced). REST APIs (Essential). Docker, Kubernetes, Circle CI (Desirable). What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £300 p/day, however, all quotes from suitable candidates will be considered. What's next? Please apply with your most up-to-date CV and I will be in touch to discuss further.
— Remote Working OptionsLocation:Remote + BristolType:Salary:Up to £300 p/dayUp to £300 p/day. React Development. Remote Working Options. 3-month initial contract opportunity, for a React Developer to work for a truly exciting, Bristol-based business. What you'll be doing Working for a very cool, specialist company, based predominantly from your home office - with potential to go onsite, depending on lockdown restrictions and personal preference. What experience you'll need to apply for this role React/TypeScript (Expert). REST, APIs, GraphQL (Essential). Gatsby.js (Desirable). What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £300 p/day, however, all quotes from suitable candidates will be considered. What's next? Please apply with your most up-to-date CV and I will be in touch to discuss further.
— eCommerce, incredible team and clientsLocation:BristolSalary:£32K-£40KManual, Automation testing for a top digital product business. Fun, sociable team, amazing projects, own testing/QA function. Work a 9 day fortnight, every other Friday off work (c25 days per year!). One of Bristol's best digital companies is looking for someone to help push their QA function forward. With company profits doubling every year so far, they’re now working with some of the world’s biggest ecommerce brands and this is an amazing opportunity to join their driven and super-friendly tech team. Being the guardian of quality, you’ll be able to take ownership of the testing process and evaluate/implement your ideas from the start, growing the team around you. What skills you’ll need Manual and some automation testing experience (Selenium ideally). In-depth knowledge of digital platform/systems testing (and, ideally, ecommerce). Website testing experience ideally picked up from a digital agency, product or software house background. Leadership skills, able to mentor/coach and help juniors to develop. Positive, calm and diplomatic approach, able to work with clients directly and tech/non-tech people. Able to set and maintain quality targets with real attention to detail and upholding standards throughout. What you'll be doing Working closely with the development and devops leads in addition to account and project management teams you’ll be responsible for ensuring that everything they build is of the highest quality. Their work focuses around a platform which manages ecommerce stores across the world with annual revenues of over £200m per year. They need someone to come in and help define, execute and maintain their QA processes using a mix of manual and automated methods. They have a junior tester within the team who is capable and ambitious so it’ll be a key remit to support their development and grow the QA team over time as the business expands further. You’ll have a sharp eye for detail and be able to translate complex briefs into testing plans being able to adapt and change process to suit the project or client. They will look for you to help the development team to code for quality and champion good QA throughout. What you'll get in return for your talents There's plenty of great perks within this role including competitive salary (£32-40K), pension, private health etc but the major reward within this role is to get to work on some big name client projects within a sociable, positive team where you're really valued and job satisfaction is high. There'll be opportunities for training (courses, conferences, events etc). You'll get every other Friday off meaning an extra 25 days per year holiday!! On the Friday's you do work you'll be finished by 4pm. They're offering somewhere to work that’s refreshingly honest, down to earth, unintimidating and inclusive as well as a limitless supply of their own brand of coffee in a brand new studio. Above all you get to come in and own the QA function for one of Bristol's most impressive digital businesses! What’s next This one sound good? Send in your CV now for immediate consideration to Mike.
Information Security jobs and careers case studies
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
Expanding their team of Developers at pace
- Immersive Labs help reduce the risk of attacks via a class leading cyber-learning environment.
- 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