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Information Technology

Security Risk and Assurance Lead – 62400
£37,683 – £48,067


We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit:

Cyber Security Risk and Assurance Lead (SEO)

The MoJ Information Security Team sits at the heart of the Ministry of Justice, enabling good security practices through the provision of security policies, guidance and education, by understanding cyber security risks from all parts of the Ministry of Justice and providing assurance to the departmental SIRO, the Permanent Secretary and other senior stakeholders that these risks are being effectively managed in the delivery of MoJ objectives.

The role of the Cyber Security Risk and Assurance Associate is to lead the programme of cyber security assurance for their assigned area of the organisation, highlighting non-compliance with required standards and providing appropriate challenge to the owners of cyber security risks arising from control gaps.  

The Cyber Security Risk and Assurance Lead may also mentor and support others in good risk management practices to enable them to manage residual risk well, identify trends resulting from risk and assurance activities and use these to initiate and lead improvements to processes, policies and guidance, and own the resolution of tactical requests to the team.

All members of the team are expected to help develop the MoJ Security Function as a centre of excellence for the department and to contribute to building a brilliant and diverse team that is a welcoming place for all.

Typical role expectations and responsibilities

Lead the implementation and delivery of security assurance processes, including GovAssure and supplier assurance activities for their assigned area, to support the overarching assurance programme. Lead on the communication of assessment and assurance outcomes to stakeholders in ways that support effective security, risk management and decision-making, and advise stakeholders on their approach to risk assessment in the context of their business outcomes.

Play a leading role working with Justice Digital and Information Assurance colleagues (or supervise third party suppliers) to gather evidence of the performance of technical services and organisational processes against security baselines, controls and requirements, using key performance indicators.

Analyse relevant data to provide an informed opinion on the quality of evidence provided and effectiveness of controls in place, with a focus on business-critical services and associated operational areas.

Identify and report on trends arising from assurance assessments in their assigned area of the organisation and make sure appropriate remediation plans are in place and being actively managed.

Lead on ensuring that Cyber Security risks for the business area are appropriately documented and reflect outcomes of the assurance work to enable senior stakeholders to make appropriate evidence-based decisions.

Align risk decisions and advice with relevant regulation, policy and standards to provide proportional, practical advice that is tailored to the local environment, and advise on any residual risk. Escalate risks to more senior stakeholders when needed and take responsibility for closure of follow up actions.

Provide input into the development and enablement of security policy and security culture by collaborating with the Security Policy, Culture, Awareness and Education team through insights on trends identified from security assurance activities. Assure the ongoing appropriateness of policy in accordance with regulation and wider departmental and government policies. Lead risk-related work and enable compliance and governance.

Play a leading role in building the network of security partners across government and national technical authorities, and within industry.

Contribute to submissions and reports for senior MoJ officials and play a leading role in efforts needed to respond to requests and advisories received from government partners.

Monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of security processes across the organisation, and lead continuous improvement efforts, including improving methods of escalation or reporting where necessary.

May include line management responsibilities for more junior team members.

About you:
You will need experience of working well within a security, technology or risk team, and preferably be able to demonstrate successful prior experience of leading, mentoring and motivating a small team. You will be able to demonstrate examples of your own motivation to grow your leadership and management skills and abilities.

You will demonstrate an understanding of cyber security and technology, showing willingness to continue to grow your awareness of current and emerging technologies and their impact on existing security practices.

You will be able to communicate well and confidently with a variety of stakeholders, up to board level, and relay technical information to a non-technical audience.

You will possess excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, adopting a positive approach and displaying flexibility of mind when encountering new situations.

You will display attention to detail and discretion in dealing with confidential topics and senior stakeholders.

You will need to be analytical and inquisitive, probing for information where appropriate to understand business context and reasoning. You will be a trusted partner for your areas of the organisation and demonstrate an understanding of how to appropriately challenge security decisions, including those made by senior stakeholders.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Managing a Quality Service

  • Delivering at Pace

  • Developing Self and Others

  • Making Effective Decisions

  • Changing and Improving

Technical skills

We may assess your current level of knowledge of cyber security and risk management during the selection process.


The national salary range is £37,683 - £41,506, London salary range is £43,647 - £48,067. Your salary will be dependent on your base location.

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on UKor Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: