Cyber Security Firewall Engineer

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  • Post Date: 16/02/2024
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Bank of England

Job title: Cyber Security Firewall Engineer

Job description: Work for an organisation steeped in history with a front row seat for the digitalisation of the financial sector, and the rise of rise of fintech and regtech. A core organisational strength, with our people at our centre, Technology enable the Bank of England to deliver its mission by providing a hugely diverse set of technical solutions and platforms. From supporting critical systems which underpin the UK economy, to evolving data analytics, reinventing our online presence, and introducing a fully digital workplace. Be part of a team that’s constantly evolving, just like our industry.

We take pride in our people, with backgrounds and experiences as diverse as the solutions they provide. You’ll enjoy flexible working opportunities, a strong sense of community and well-being, and a collective mission to promote the good of the people of the UK. All of which add up to make the Bank a hugely rewarding place to work.

Department Overview

Within Cyber Security you will be working with people who are passionate about protecting the security and stability of our Technology estate. Whether it is identifying threats, uncovering vulnerabilities or ensuring robust and resilient infrastructure, you’ll be working at the cutting edge in a security-centric organisation.

You’ll focus on ensuring security by design, and ensuring we have safe, stable and resilient systems. Collaborating closely with colleagues across Technology and throughout the organisation you will help the division safeguard the critical systems and information which the organisation is responsible for.

Our award-winning specialist teams are committed to developing their expertise in a fast-changing environment. Aligned to industry best-practice, our staff are encouraged to develop their skills both internally and externally, through mentoring, training and formal qualifications.

Job description

The role of the Cyber Security Firewall Engineer is to ensure Firewall policy is deployed consistent with vendor, industry and Bank best practice.

This role will involve analysis of firewall policy and making any changes required to enable firewalls to operate as efficiently and securely as possible, while minimising risk to service through overloading. This will also include assessment of new requirements, evaluating their merit and risk to make an informed decision on the best way to implement. These functions will be performed across a variety of systems, from traditional network and endpoint firewalls to software defined network service contracts.

The individual will also have to assist colleagues in the management, or avoidance, of technical risks that could introduce vulnerabilities into the environment, contributing to discussions on the most appropriate course of action to avoid these. There may be a need to contribute to incident management activity related to the role relating to these potential or actual risks.

The role involves interaction with both technical and non-technical colleagues across the Bank, so a clear and appropriate communication style is important to ensure customer satisfaction for the services delivered.

The jobholder will also maintain, develop and improve the tools, processes and procedures for which they are responsible to meet changing business and team requirements.

They must adhere to the organisation’s policies, standards and guidelines when undertaking their work, planning, managing, and prioritising their workload as required. They will contribute to the wider function and Bank goals, targets and objectives, ensuring that IT security activities integrate with the Bank’s risk appetite and risk management framework.

Role Requirements

This role requires hands on experience in operational security activities, as well as good interpersonal and communications skills, including the ability to produce clear documentation and concise reporting. Experience in engaging with internal stakeholders will be vital, taking a service orientated and customer focused approach. The ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences, talk through technical details to non-technical people and work under pressure to meet tight deadlines.

The role will require sound knowledge and experience of Cyber Security, technical infrastructure and security management as well as practical operational skills. The individual will need to be a team player with the ability to manage workloads and prioritise.

There will also be a requirement for out-of-hours support and standby.

Minimum Essential Criteria

· Experience of working in a Cyber Security engineering role over a reasonable period of time, preferably gained in an operational environment.

· A strong interest in Cyber Security, the holding of relevant qualifications being a distinct advantage (e.g. CISSP, CCNA, CCNA Security, Security+,

CCNP Security, CCSA, Windows Certifications or ITIL v3)

· Experience or knowledge of network structures, their management & implementation

· Solid understanding of network protocols

· Hands on experience of managing and deploying firewall rule base policy changes

· Network support, Firewall policy management and troubleshooting

Desirable Criteria

· Linux/Windows and Database management

· Firewall Policy Management technologies

· Software Defined Networking

· Scripting experience

· Experience of working with SIEM technologies

· Experience working in the financial services industry


Qualifications – External

Our Approach to Inclusion
The Bank values diversity, equity and inclusion. We play a key role in maintaining monetary and financial stability, and to do that effectively, we believe we need a workforce that reflects the society we serve.
At the Bank of England we want all colleagues to feel valued and respected, so we’re working hard to build an inclusive culture which supports people from all backgrounds and communities to be at their best at work. We celebrate all forms of diversity, including (but not limited to) age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. We believe that it’s by drawing on different perspectives and experiences that we’ll continue to make the best decisions for the public.
We welcome applications from individuals who work flexibly, including job shares and part time working patterns. We’ve also partnered with external organisations to support us in making adjustments for candidates and employees in the recruitment process where they’re needed.
For most roles where work can be carried out at home, we aim for colleagues to spend half of their time in the office, with a minimum of 40% per month. Subject to that minimum requirement, individuals and managers should work together to find what works best for them, their team and stakeholders.
Finally, we’re proud to be a member of the Disability Confident Scheme. If you wish to apply under this scheme, you should check the box in the ‘Candidate Personal Information’ under the ‘Disability Confident Scheme’ section of the application.

Salary and Benefits Information
This specific role offers a base salary of circa £44,800 – £50,400 per annum (depending on skills and experience) on a full-time basis. We encourage flexible working, part time working and job share arrangements. Part time salary and benefits will be on a pro-rated basis as appropriate.
In addition, we also offer a comprehensive benefits package as detailed below:

  • A non-contributory, career average pension giving you a guaranteed retirement benefit of 1/95th of your annual salary

for every year worked. There is the option to increase your pension (to 1/50th) or decrease (to 1/120th) in exchange for
salary through our flexible benefits programme each year.

  • A discretionary performance award based on a current award pool.
  • A 8% benefits allowance with the option to take as salary or purchase a wide range of flexible benefits.
  • 26 days’ annual leave with option to buy up to 12 additional days through flexible benefits.
  • Private medical insurance and income protection.

National Security Vetting Process
Employment in this role will be subject to the National Security Vetting clearance process (and typically can take between 6 to 12 weeks post offer) and the passing of additional Bank security checks in accordance with the Bank policy. Further information regarding the vetting and security clearance requirements for the role will be provided to the successful applicant, and information about how the Bank processes personal data for these purposes, is set out in the Bank’s Privacy Notice

The Application Process
Important: Please ensure that you complete the ‘work history’ section and answer ALL the application questions fully. All candidate applications are anonymised to ensure that our hiring managers will not be able to see your personal information, including your CV, when reviewing your application details at the screening stage. It’s therefore really important that you fill out the work history and application form questions, as your answers will form a critical part of the initial selection process.
The closing date for applications is 6th March 2024.
The assessment process will comprise of two stages.
Please apply online, ensuring that you complete your work history and answer ALL the application questions fully and in detail as your application will not be considered if all mandatory questions are not fully completed.

Expected salary: £44800 – 50400 per year

Location: London

Job date: Fri, 16 Feb 2024 06:57:58 GMT

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