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Data Security Officer

Job Title: Data Security Officer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Reading, Berkshire
Salary: Negotiable + Benefits
Start Date: ASAP
REF: LK/PP/DSO_1530108334
Contact Name: Lisa Kenny
Contact Email:
Job Published: 9 months ago

Job Description

Data Security Officer


Reading, Berkshire

A growing and innovitive tech and telecoms company based in Reading, Berkshire are looking for a Data Security Officer to join their team.

The Role

To manage the company's information security on behalf of the IT Director. Also accountable for physical security standards of the company's corporate offices. They are a medium-sized company (circa 200 staff) which outsources as much as possible of the design, planning, deployment and operation of the shareholders' shared radio network. They have 100's of suppliers who have approximately 4,000 staffers world-wide that manage the shared network. This combined community of the company and supplier staffers must adhere to their information security policies and standards. It is the purpose of this role to make sure this happens.

Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities:

(In priority order)

  • Define and maintain the security policies & standards for the company
  • Manage & maintain the security accreditation (currently ISO27001 and CAS(T))
  • Manage security incidents as and when they arise
  • Raise awareness of the policies & standards throughout the company
  • Undertake internal and external audits as and when required to verify compliance with the company's policies and standards
  • Manage security risks
  • Prepare security updates and reports for the Board and Senior Management Team
  • Act as the liaison with both shareholder security departments to both brief them on the company's progress and issues and to learn from their experiences
  • Create and maintain Disaster Recovery plans from an Information Security perspective
  • Review new projects and initiatives for security compliance
  • Undertake security tests (e.g. PEN tests) as and when required
  • Highlight and analyse trends, providing recommendations for improvements
  • Manage security suppliers
  • Undertake security incident response rehearsals and exercises

Key Challenges:

(in priority order)

  • Estabishing ISO 27001 Compliance and maintenance
  • Setting the strategic direction for the company based upon the wishes of the Shareholders, and legal and licence obligations
  • Recommending policy and procedures to the Senior Management Team
  • Working with Suppliers to ensure adherence to good Data Security practice

Critical Knowledge & Experience (non time related)

  • Experience of implementing and maintaining security standards such as ISO27001
  • Qualifications in Data Security that align with Shareholder expectations


Experience of implementing and maintaining security standards such as CAS(T)

Business/Context Essentials

  • A bachelor's degree in computer science, mathematics engineering or five years of comparable work experience
  • First class communication skills - we really need someone who can listen and absorb, talk and hold the attention of others and produce documentation that is simple, effective and concise
  • Excellent skills in multi-tasking and managing priorities
  • Good working knowledge of Security related legal and regulatory requirements
  • Ability to manage and deliver Projects through to successful conclusion
  • Excellent Knowledge of using Microsoft Office, Visio and MS Project. E.g. Word processing , Spreadsheets , Presentations, flow diagrams and Project Plans
  • An approach that is diligent and professional and that engenders trust with others


  • Up to eight or more years of ISO experience
  • Ability to attain Security clearance
  • Professional qualifications e.g. CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC (or a desire to achieve those)
  • A proven track record in designing and executing security awareness campaigns within large organisations
  • Understanding matrix management
  • Previous experience in a Telco environment

Ideally you will have an ability to communicate at all levels, and influence behaviours and cultures.

For more information please apply here or send a CV direct to

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