Chief Information Security Officer - Department for Education - Sheffield

Thank you for expressing an interest in the role of Chief Information Security Officer within the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) in the Department for Education (DfE).

DfE recognises the benefits that digital technologies can bring to the millions of people who use our services on an annual basis and we are committed to investing in improving our services.

The Department for Education’s newly formed DDaT community has a clear vision to ‘be the best place in government to work, building world class services to improve the opportunities for everyone in the country.’

DDaT are embarking on an ambitious multi-year transformation programme to orientate the organisation around the needs of our users; students, parents, teachers and educational establishments. This change will be as much cultural as it is technological and is based around 4 core values:

1. User-centric focus. A culture that starts with the user; both internal and external.
2. Evidence based. Our decisions will be based on sound user evidence.
3. Empowered staff. Staff will be empowered to make decisions, breaking free of the time delays caused by inefficient approval processes outside of user needs.
4. End to end delivery. We will move from fragmented services, platforms and teams, to a one-team approach enabling the delivery of services from start to end.

The Role

This is an opportunity to play a critical role in a large-scale programme of change that will radically improve how the civil service works and how government interacts with citizens. We are looking for candidates who can apply their ‘on the ground’ experience of driving the transformation of organisations, not those who will maintain the status quo. Your task will be guided by some fundamental principles; putting the needs of users first, focusing on delivery and outcomes over process, and making the most of openness - open standards, open source, open data and open markets.

The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) works at Board level to provide the department’s Management Committee with advice and support on cyber security matters for the sector and the department. As an integral member of the DDaT leadership team, you will develop enterprise strategy, approach and processes to reduce information security risks and enable services to the sector to be delivered effectively.

You will establish appropriate standards, controls, and implement policies to protect the department’s information assets and technologies. You will also be the department’s policy owner for cyber risk in the sector.

You will report to the DfE’s Chief Technology Officer and be a member of the DDaT Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and as such share collective responsibility to:
• Develop the vision and objectives of the organisation as a whole.
• Work collaboratively and to be supportive of one another.
• Be overtly supportive of decisions made by the SLT.
• Champion and promote DfE DDaT in the wider Government & industry communities

Pensions Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

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