Cyber Security Senior Associate
We are one of the largest cyber security specialist consulting practices in the UK, we work closely with the leading experts, researchers, tech vendors and government agencies in the field, and we serve some of the largest and most complex clients in the world.
This is an exciting time to be working in cyber security, and nowhere more so than at PwC.Our Practice
Our cyber security practice operates nationally, and serves clients holistically with both strategy, risk and governance advice, and with deep technical implementation and assurance expertise. We have over 200 practitioners who range from business risk advisors who work with CEOs, CFOs and boards, to deep technical subject matter experts (SMEs) who help clients implement controls to help protect their businesses from attack, and support them to respond appropriately when an attack occurs. Our career models recognise both the business risk advisors and the technical SMEs, and give our people the opportunity to be challenged and to develop whatever their chosen cyber security specialism.
About the roleA Senior Associate in our Cyber Security practice provides technical advice, guidance and support on cyber security, both in business-as-usual and for live and planned projects within our clients' businesses.
You will be a generalist but have specialities in specific areas which can be developed and honed as your career develops. This role would suit someone who is comfortable working across the cyber security spectrum and disciplines. We will offer you opportunities to develop your skills in different areas of cyber security.Duties and Responsibilities:In this role, you can expect to perform any of the following client delivery work:
Provide input to a security strategy and/or target operating model for an information security function
Conduct a security threat, risk, capability and/or maturity assessment
Design technical solutions to address specific security challenges
Provide security subject matter expertise within a wider strategic client engagement
Meet with clients to understand their needs and help produce proposals to address them
Develop toolkits, methodologies and accelerators to enhance our sales and delivery capability
Contribute to our research and thought leadership to improve the eminence of our practice
Collaborate with third party vendors to develop new and innovative security services for our clients
Some (however limited) information security experience in any form (i.e. operational, consultancy and/or sales)
Strong academic background such as a Bachelor's or Master's degree in any subject (candidates without academic degrees must be able to demonstrate professional development and supporting vocational and industry qualification)
Excellent business writing skills, particularly report writing skills
A good understanding of IT infrastructure fundamentals such as networks, operating systems and databases
Knowledge of infrastructure and application security requirements and benchmarks (e.g. OWASP, CIS)
While not prerequisites, the following will be advantageous:
Experience or understanding of security legislation and regulatory frameworks (e.g. DPA, PCI-DSS, RIPA, PSD-2, GDPR)
Experience or understanding of security methodologies and industry standards (e.g. ISO27001, NIST, SANS)
Any cyber/information security certification (e.g. CISSP, CISA, CISM, GIAC)
Experience of internal or external consulting or audit engagements
Exposure to multi-tier, web based and cloud based IT architectures
Knowledge of security technologies (e.g. AV, SIEM, IDM, IPS, F/W, SSO, DLP)
Knowledge of security assessment frameworks (e.g. threat modelling, controls assessment, risk assessment)
People that succeed in our business have a passion for cyber security, are naturally inquisitive and get a buzz from solving complex problems. Furthermore, they have a good attention to detail allied with exceptional analytical and technical aptitude. Most of all, they are excellent communicators as we are in a business founded on strong relationships.
Assurance is a dynamic place to be right now, and the variety of opportunities on offer is unprecedented. It's work that really does matter. It matters for businesses, governments and society at large. Our team provides confidence on the most complex decisions companies have to take and this provides a wealth of opportunities to everyone who joins us and works with us.
The skills we look for in future employees
All our people need to demonstrate the skills and behaviours that support us in delivering our business strategy. This is important to the work we do for our business, and our clients. These skills and behaviours make up our global leadership framework, 'The PwC Professional' and are made up of five core attributes; whole leadership, technical capabilities, business acumen, global acumen and relationships.
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We work in a changing world which offers great opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek to attract and employ the best people from the widest talent pool, as well as those who reflect the diverse nature of our society. And we aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths. Creating value through diversity is what makes us strong as a business and as an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we're open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate.
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