Cyber Security Specialist

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Cyber Security Specialist 

Would you like to join our highly dedicated Cyber Security team working on a variety of prestigious and long-term projects for the MOD and other customers? We currently have a vacancy for a Cyber Security Specialist at our site in Yeovil.

As a Cyber Security Specialist, you will be working with a range of internal and customer stakeholders to help them understand security risks throughout the entire project lifecycle and then working with security and technical professionals to design and implement cyber security controls and drive effective risk management.

This role will provide you with the chance to work on a wide variety of projects, gaining and developing a deeper understanding of security risks and mitigations. Project sectors include Deployed and Static Networks, Command and Control Systems, Secure Gateways, Tactical Data Links, Mission Systems, Mission Planning, Logistics Support and Training Infrastructure and Services.

This role will allow you the opportunity to build and develop a successful career in BAE Systems.

Your main responsibilities as a Cyber Security Specialist will involve:

Taking the cyber security lead on projects and bids, providing cyber security advice and guidance to all stakeholders, including systems and software engineers, technical authorities, engineering and project managers, and the wider business and customer communities, throughout the whole project lifecycle and at all classifications.

Interpreting security guidance from external sources such as JSP440/604, NCSC and NIST.

Performing security risk assessments using recognised methodologies to identify and prioritise cyber security and cyber resilience risks and identifying appropriate controls and mitigations to manage those risks.

Achieving and maintaining security accreditation or security assurance as required, including assessing the impact to security of all proposed changes.

Scoping and managing testing by external penetration test companies and ensuring remediation activity is performed to completion.

Supporting security within the supply chain, including meeting the requirements of the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership plus our own company initiatives.

Producing security documentation such as RMADS and SyOPs.

Your skills and qualifications:


Defence, systems or software engineering background.

CCP, CISSP, CISM or similar, GCHQ Certified Degree, ex-CLAS.

Experience of cyber security engineering delivery and accreditation within the Defence domain.

Ability to articulate security advice directly to key stakeholders within both the business and the customer community.

Ability to interact at a technical level with systems, software and hardware engineers.

Demonstrable experience of identifying cyber security risks using a recognised methodology and the commensurate controls and mitigations required to manage those risks.

Degree qualified in Information/Cyber Security, IT, Engineering, Mathematics, or Science, or alternatively equivalent qualifications and/or experience


Knowledge and experience in HMG IAS1&2 or similar security risk assessment methodology, JSP440/JSP604/JSP490, NCSC guidance, NIST, ISO 27001 and industry-standard security frameworks.

Defence, systems or software engineering background.

CCP, CISSP, CISM or similar, GCHQ Certified Degree, ex-CLAS.

What we are looking for in you:

You will have excellent communication skills both written and verbal to communicate effective with both team members and the stakeholder community. You will also have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills that can be applied to a range of different situations.

Location: Yeovil, Somerset


Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

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