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Information Assurance Specialist

 Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
16 days ago


Information Assurance Specialist
Country/Region:  GB
City:  Plymouth

IA Specialist


Help us make the world a safer place

We’re looking for an IA Specialist to join us in Babcock Mission Systems.

Communication Systems & Critical Assets is a systems engineering led business sitting within – Babcock Mission Systems. Our primary roles are systems integration and support of military communications and intelligence systems. 

The difference our new IA Specialist will make

You will provide support to a range of Information and Communication Technology system design, integration and support projects within the Mission Systems Business Unit. Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Providing up to date HMG/MoD IA policy and governance advice.  
  • Undertaking HMG IS1&2 compliant threat and risk assessment activities.  
  • Writing clear and comprehensive Risk Management Accreditation Document Sets (RMADS).  
  • Providing Security Impact Assessment reports to mitigate specific security vulnerabilities/risks associated with an initial design or design change. 
  • Developing HMG and MoD standard compliant technical system security architectures, and providing system design advice on the solutions. 
  • Managing the security accreditation process for ICT projects. 
  • Developing and undertaking the security aspects of a project’s verification and validation testing. 
  • Providing IA support to the wider business. 
  • Providing support to new business development teams in the relevant professional area of expertise; to include provision of feasibility studies and support to campaigns. 
  • Establishing technical relationships with partner contractors. 
  • Represent the Company at industry and HMG events. 

Who we’re looking for

You will have at extensive experience of Information Assurance and security engineering within the MoD environment.  You will be a good communicator in both written and oral forms, and be able to liaise at all levels with customers and relevant stakeholders.


  • Working knowledge of HMG guidance to include the Security Policy Framework and Information Assurance Standards, CESG Good Practice Guides, and MoD specific standards, in particular JSP440. 
  • Experience of developing and writing all parts of RMADS for MoD / HMG ICT systems, in accordance with HMG IS1&2 and CESG GPG47.
  • Experience of undertaking threat and technical risk assessments in accordance with the CESG Technical Threat Briefings and HMG IS1&2. 
  • Experience of developing system security architectures (technical and procedural) compliant with requirements of HMG/MoD IA standards. 
  • Experience of managing system security accreditation in accordance with the HMG/MoD IA standards, including attendance at MoD Security Working Groups as IA Subject Matter Expert. 

It would also be advantageous if you also have experience of the following:

  • A broad understanding of functional computing and networking environments, including the following: Windows OS (Client and Server), Unix/Linux OS, Software applications, Web applications, System Utilities, Virtualisation, Network Components (Switches / Routers), Networking protocols at all layers of OSI model (specifically IP, IPSec, ARP, TCP, TLS, UDP, HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet, SSL, SNMP). 
  • A good understanding and experience of the principals of systems engineering as applied to large defence procurement programmes. 
  • A knowledge of technology enabled controls, including several areas of deep domain knowledge preferably including Data Encryption (at rest and in transit), Authentication, Access Control, OS Hardening, Key Management techniques, Firewalls, Intruder Detection / Prevention Systems, Protective Monitoring (including log collection and Security Information Event Management) and Anti-Virus. 
  • A clear understanding of the effect system design and change has on the cost of development.
  • Domain knowledge in one or more of the following:
    • Military Communications 
    • Networks (WAN & LAN)
    • Electronic Warfare Systems 
    • Command and Control Systems
    • Software design
    • Open System Architecture Design & Integration

Education and Qualifications

  • A degree in computing, computer science or information security, or considerable relevant experience.  
  • Preference will be given to individuals who have achieved the current NCSC endorsed Certified Cyber Professional (CCP), or already meet the relevant criteria to be considered for the new specialisms route CCP has now embarked upon. Current criteria includes one of:
    • An NCSC-certified degree (undergraduate or postgraduate).
    • A valid certificate for Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), including full membership of (ISC)².
    • A valid certificate for Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), including full membership of ISACA.
    • Proof of Full Membership (MCIIS) of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec).
    • Proof of having passed an appropriate NCSC internal skills level assessment.
    • Proof of having completed an internal NCSC professional development framework (for example for cyber security architecture).

In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get:

  • Flexible working (full or part time considered, minimum 30 hours per week)
  • Autonomy to perform the role
  • The opportunity to make a real impact, partnering on an ambitious culture transformation programme within Babcock’s’ fastest growing business unit

As well as:

  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days, plus bank holidays 
  • Pension scheme with employee pension contributions matched up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
  • Our Babcock Rewards Platform allows you to choose from a range of benefits that best meet your needs, including: critical illness insurance, travel insurance, healthcare cash plan, dental insurance, childcare vouchers, bike scheme, shopping offers and discounts
  • Employee Share Scheme
  • Free, independent employee assistance programme, offering confidential information, support and counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Professional memberships, personal development training and opportunities
    If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments

Where it all fits in:

Mission Systems forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock’s Marine organisation.  As a trusted provider for global defence & security, we have a wide portfolio of best in class technical solutions that enable our customers to carry out their missions. It’s a really exciting and fast paced business carrying out a diverse range of activities. Mission Systems employs over 1,200 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth and Ashchurch.

The Communications & Critical Assets Business Unit is over 200 personnel strong with in excess of 70% skilled Engineering staff. We have an ever increasing portfolio of opportunities and an ambition for success and to grow. We also embrace the multitude of internal employee networks support and foster diversity and inclusion within our Babcock team, connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy amplifies their influence.

Other need to knows:

  • You must be able to achieve the appropriate security clearance level for this role
  • We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.



Job Information

  • Job ID: 64895727
  • Location:
     Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
  • Position Title: Information Assurance Specialist
  • Company Name For Job: Babcock
  • Job Function: Information Technology

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