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Junior Cyber Security Analyst 

We are seeking an outstanding, dynamic and customer-oriented junior cybersecurity analyst who will provide security services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the North West business community. 

This role is with the North West Cyber Resilience Centre, a non-profit partnership between policing and the private sector that aims to safeguard small businesses around the region from cybercrime and attacks.

We are looking for motivated individuals to join our team of junior cybersecurity analysts. Our team is small and close-knit, and we work in a fast-paced and responsive environment. As a member of our team, you will provide local businesses with various cybersecurity services, including vulnerability assessments, cybercrime awareness training, cyber risk exposure assessments, and online digital footprint management. Full training will be provided.

The successful candidates will join a team that includes an experienced cybersecurity consultant and seconded police officers who will oversee their work. This role will be perfect for those passionate about making a difference and considering a future career in the cybersecurity industry.

You will be employed part-time based on business needs. NWCRC is a living wage employer. Remuneration will be discussed during the interview process.

This is an amazing chance to explore and develop your skills and expertise in an industry that can often seem daunting to enter. If successful in this opportunity, you will gain valuable hands-on experience, boost your confidence, and enhance your knowledge of the field.

Job Description

  • Period of employment: Initially 12 months with a 3-month mutual review period.

  • Start date: Immediate.

  • Location: There will be a mix of remote work, but you must be prepared to travel to businesses and other locations across the Northwest. Occasionally, you will be asked to attend the office, which is based at Manchester Technology Centre.

Role

Reporting to our cybersecurity consultant and the head of cyber & innovation, you will work closely with a broader team to deliver and manage the NWCRC’s cyber security services according to agreed-upon protocols and standards.

The key objectives for this role are:

  • To assist in delivering our range of commercial cyber services to businesses across the North West, including vulnerability assessments (network and web application), cybersecurity awareness training, OSINT digital footprints, and cyber risk exposure assessments. 

  • Assist with outreach presentations to the broader business community and other team members.

  • To work with the NWCRC’s Marketing Manager to assist with cybercrime safety awareness material and blogs for delivery to the wider public.

  • To provide technical guidance to CRC customers and the wider public

Essential Requirements

  • Candidates must be enrolled in a degree program related to computing, such as cybersecurity or computer science, in the North West of England.

  • A strong understanding of the importance of maintaining confidentiality, integrity, and exercising discretion in professional settings.

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and interest in cybersecurity, including its implications for businesses and individuals

Core Competencies

  • Proficiency in effectively conveying information both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to efficiently organise tasks and manage time, with a focus on prioritising workloads.

  • Capable of explaining complex technical concepts in an easily understandable manner for diverse audiences.

  • Solid understanding of networking fundamentals, including OSI model, TCP/IP, HTTP, DNS, SMB, SMTP, and familiarity with related tools.

  • Good grasp of web application technologies and methods for security assessment.

  • Competency in identifying vulnerabilities, not limited to the OWASP Top 10.

  • Experience using standard assessment tools like Kali Linux, Burp Suite, and SQLMap.

  • In-depth understanding of internal and external infrastructure technologies and their associated security assessment tools.

  • Ability to work independently and proactively.

  • Open-minded and adaptable approach to work.

  • Capability to collaborate effectively in a team environment

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) gathering methods, including advanced Google search techniques, DNS, domain registration, certificate transparency, and other public information sources.

  • Real-world involvement in bug bounties or capture-the-flag events.

  • Familiarity with security considerations in cloud environments (AWS, Azure, GCP), focusing on identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities through management and API access.

  • Understanding of GDPR, ISO27001, NHS DPS toolkit, Cyber Essentials, PCI DSS, and other relevant security policies.

  • Experience in professionally engaging with a wide range of stakeholders

Please note that successful candidates will work closely with seconded police officers. They will be required to undergo a right to work and disclosure and barring service check and will be expected to maintain a very high level of confidentiality. This may include a social media check.

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