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Recruiting: CISO Wanted By Scotland’s Digital Office

Brian Baglow


Digital Office CISO Recruitment

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Programme Manager and Marketing/Communications Manager wanted by local government digital transformation.

Scotland’s Digital Office, the organisation created to drive digital change across Scotland’s local government is recruiting.

The Digital Office is looking for a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) with the ability to make an impact at a sector-wide level across local government, providing leadership to help the sector to deliver against the Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland, the National Cyber Security Strategy and the recently announced Scottish Government Action Plan on Cyber Resilience.

The organisation is also recruiting a Programme Manager and a Marketing and Communications Manager.

The CISO will work with Chief Executive Officers and council management teams to ensure that cyber security threats and vulnerabilities are proactively managed at the highest levels of the organisations, and that awareness of cyber security threats are raised throughout the organisations.

The CISO will also work with IT managers, information security officers, data protection officers, etc. to review cyber security controls at a sector-level, develop collaborative actions plans for harmonising and improving how security threats are managed across the sector and improving the sector-wide response to cyber incidents.

The Programme Manager will be working within the Analogue to Digital Transformation Project in Telecare, which is being developed in conjunction with the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare and the Scottish government’s Technology Enabled Care department.

The Marketing & Communications Manager will work within the Digital Office, providing dedicated resource to the team and focus on increasing visibility of the organisation and it’s work.

National Cyber Security Strategy Programme

The new CISO role is one of a cohort of 20 projects based in Scotland, which are funded by the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy Programme.

These projects cover a broad range of initiatives to improve and build on Scotland’s cyber resilience including:

  • in-depth analysis of  the scale and impact of cyber crime in Scotland
  • projects to promote and support the take-up of Cyber Essentials across all sectors
  • development of educational resources and qualifications in cyber subjects
  • awareness raising campaigns for youth audiences
  • supporting organisations across Scotland to raise awareness of cyber risks and good practice in their communities

Chief Digital Officer

Martyn Wallace, the Chief Digital Officer for the Digital Office, told DIGIT: “Over the last year, the Digital Office has demonstrated there’s real value to Scotland’s public sector in digital transformation and a collaborative digital first approach. By focusing on customer requirements first and using an agile approach, we believe we can create new ways of developing and delivering services, which are user centred, far more efficient and as good as, if not better than those available in the commercial world.

We are now at a stage where we need to expand our team and ensure that we put security, data protection and resilience at the heart of everything we do. We are looking for a Chief Information Security Officer who can raise not only raise awareness of the business and technology aspects of security, but help all of our partners, clients and participants recognise excellent cyber security and resilience as an opportunity to help build in greater trust across the board.”

Recruiting Now

More information, job descriptions and links to apply for the roles listed above can be found here:

Hugh Aitken, Chief Executive of CBI Scotland and Chair of the National Cyber Resilience Leaders Board, told DIGIT: “It is wonderful to see such a broad range of cyber resilience projects taking place across Scotland. I believe they will genuinely help people, businesses and charities to be safer and more resilient online, and this in turn will enable them to take advantage of the opportunities for innovation, careers and economic growth that the digital world presents. These diverse and ambitious projects will bring Scotland closer to becoming a leading cyber resilient nation.”

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