Office for Communications Data Authorisations - Operational Security Lead

Cabinet Office
Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
£48,836 - £56,405
04 Jun 2018
24 Jun 2018
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

Operational Security Lead

Office of Communications Data Authorisations

Salary: £48,836 - £56,405

Contract type: Permanent 

Location: Birmingham

Number of posts: 1


Communications data (CD) is the 'who', 'where', 'when', 'how' and 'with whom' of a communication, but not what was written or said, and includes information such as the person subscribing to a telephone service. 

Having access to CD is an essential tool for public authorities to investigate crime, protect vulnerable people and safeguard the public. CD is used in 95% of serious and organised crime prosecutions, and has been used in every major counter-terrorism investigation over the past decade. 

The new Office for Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA) will be responsible for ensuring that applications for access to communications data by authorities in the UK are assessed independently, rigorously and in line with newly strengthened legislation. OCDA will begin operations in 2019 and we are now recruiting for an Operational Security Lead to join the team. 

What are we looking for? 

We are looking for a professional security expert who will be responsible for the operational security of OCDA. Analytical and logical, you will identify and mitigate any risks or threats that may compromise the operational effectiveness of OCDA. With exceptionally high standards of excellence you will quality assure issues of legality, integrity, ethical conduct and standards of operations, while contributing to the overall effectiveness of such operations. A strong leader with excellent communication skills, you will have direct management of an Operational Security Support, who will support you in delivering a seamless security service to OCDA. 

What are my responsibilities? 

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), you will create and implement a series of processes and procedures to maintain to ensure the operational effectiveness of OCDA. You will provide expert advice and guidance to all staff regarding security measures whilst managing and resolving operational security issues. Taking an innovative approach, you will develop and maintain processes for incident management, lead investigations and mitigate any operational risk. 

Please note the role has the potential to change slightly over time as the organisation evolves. 

OCDA will operate over a number of offices in the UK, so there will be an expectation to travel between sites. 

For full information on job description and person specification please refer to the Candidate Information Pack. 

Qualifications and Experience 


• Covert investigation techniques within law enforcement; 
• Risk assessment and management, with associated experience of assessing and managing threats and risks; 
• Analysing and assessing information from a range of sources; 
• Ability to understand and work within relevant legislation; 
• Managing internal audit processes, their co-ordination and management; 
• Managing investigations; 
• Defining and implementing the operational security processes and procedures as the organisation is established. 


• ITIL service management; ISO27001 series of Information Security Management System, Security Policy Framework and Cyber Essentials and NCSC guidelines; 
• Working within the Common Vulnerability Numeration Process and the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS); 
• CCD qualifications, such as Senior IT Security Officer or Senior Information Security Manager or be willing to undertake additional CISMP training as required. 

Closing date: midnight on 24th June 2018.


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