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Principal Cyber Security Specialist-Department of Environment, Climate and Communications’

Job Category:
Analyst (Business/Systems), Management, Cyber Security
Job Type:
Level of IT Experience:
1-5 Years
Central Dublin
Salary Description:
Very Competitive Salary Offered
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The Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) has responsibility for policy and programmes across a number of areas of national strategic importance, encompassing telecommunications; broadcasting; postal; energy; climate action; waste management and resource efficiency; environmental policy and air quality, and natural resources. We are supported in our mandate by 17 State bodies, comprising a number of leading commercial, non-commercial and regulatory bodies, who play a critical role in delivering the Government’s vision for Ireland, as outlined in Project Ireland 2040.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is part of the Department and is responsible for leading in the management of major cyber security incidents, providing guidance and advice to citizens and businesses, and managing cyber security related risks to key services, including Government and critical infrastructure. Since May 2018, it has also been the National Competent Authority for the purposes of EU Directive 2016/1148 of 6 July 2016 on Network and Information Security. As such, the unit also has a demanding set of formal roles around assessing the compliance of critical infrastructure operators and digital service providers with the requirements of the Directive.

DECC is seeking to fill a number of management roles within the NCSC. The roles include responsibility for engagement, certification, compliance, NCSC IT and administration. These roles are in a dynamic and rapidly developing organization and will be filled by capable individuals with significant experience in cyber security and with the ability to manage and develop multifunctional teams to assist in the leadership of the National Cyber Security Centre. These are new posts and the successful candidates will be self-starters and will be expected to deliver in projects of national importance and to manage and sustain the response to developing challenges in cyber security, including around sensitive national security issues.

The NCSC is the State’s lead cyber security entity and has a series of responsibilities in the sphere including managing the State’s response to cyber security incidents and building resilience across critical infrastructure and government. Successful candidates will play a key role in the next phase of the NCSC’s development; they will need to lead and develop these teams in challenging circumstances and play a central role in a critical national function. They will be responsible for leading and developing the existing work of the organisation, including managing the compliance process for critical infrastructure and supporting the development and operations of the NCSC. Successful candidates will also be responsible for a number new and developing roles of the NCSC, including certification processes.

The successful candidate will have:

  • At least 3 years management experience, in a strategic role including leading and managing teams, in cyber security or related fields

  • Recent experience in developing and implementing solutions to complex policy challenges including in cyber or related areas

  • Excellent skill set including substantial expertise in at least two of the following; IT Security Compliance, IT Administration, Cyber Security Risk Assessment and Governance and the Cyber Security incident response process.

  • Strong understanding of the current global cyber environment and its challenges for Ireland.

For more information and how to apply, visit:

Closing date: 3pm, Thursday, 10th February 2022

The Public Appointments Service is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and encourage applications under all nine grounds of the Employment Equality Act.

Contact Details:
Tel: 01
Contact: HR Team

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