Information Assurance Architect (TA)

Closing date for applications: 05/11/2019
Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
The information assurance architect will work on – Supporting development & maintenance of Security architecture Developing Information Risk Assurance Reports Risk discovery, treatment & analysis Technical assessments and assurance of IT products & services IT security incident management
Latest start date
Expected contract length
24 months total. Initial 12 months, further period up to 12 months depending on needs& performance
Organisation the work is for
Her Majesty’s Passport Office
Maximum day rate
Please specify required day rate
Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
They will work as part of a Technical Design Authority who are responsible for specific domains. They will need to collaborate closely with delivery teams and business stakeholders across the enterprise in a multi-supplier environment. HMPO is moving from a large outsourced SI arrangement to an in-house, largely cloud based and open source based solutions delivered iteratively.
What the specialist will work on
Work packages include, but aren't limited to: • Ensure that specified security controls or other counter-measures they specify to mitigate, minimise, or treat discovered risks are pragmatic appropriate and cost effective • Lead information assurance activities against solution designs to ensure they are appropriately secure. and provide advice and guidance on HMPO Security standards and policies • Ensure risks are identified, assessed and managed appropriate to HMPO standards and requirements. • Management of operational security incidents, IT Health Check and Pen Tests Assure results of ITHC & Pen Tests
Address where the work will take place
Working arrangements
Typically on-site with wider team and clients in an Agile environment. Some site visits. Use of Confluence, Jira and Ardoq are the tools used to track progress against deliverables We work in an engaging and collaborative environment where outputs require teams to own deliverables
Security clearance
‘SC Clearance is required. HM Passport Office will support the clearance process’
Additional terms and conditions
How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers Be transparent and collaborative Be comfortable standing up for their discipline Have a no-blame culture and take responsibility for their work
Assessment methods
Evaluation weighting
Technical competence 60% Cultural fit 20% Price 20%
Essential skills and experience
  • Have proven track record of risk assessing and assuring cloud based architectures for large and complex organisations
  • In depth understanding of traditional security technologies and security specific protocols (e.g. TLS, Kerberos and SAML)
  • Solid experience and understanding of AWS security tools and services, open source security controls, automated security testing tools
  • Proven track record of scoping pen testing, ITHC and security incident management
  • In depth understanding and experience of outcome based approach to risk identification, management and mitigation using techniques such as risk trees and attack tree methods
  • Good understanding of identity management, identity lifecycle management
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of HMPO systems or similar government operational systems
  • Experience of GDS best practices

Closing date for applications: 05/11/2019

Information Assurance Architect (TA)

Closing date for applications: 05/11/2019

Specialist role:

Technical Architect




Her Majesty’s Passport Office

Maximum day rate:

Please specify required day rate

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