Security Analyst

  • Full Time
  • Cambridge
  • Location: Cambridge
  • Salary: £36,450 - £44,550 per annum, depending on experience.

Cambridge Assessment

Cambridge Assessment is Europe's largest assessment group, incorporating three major awarding bodies. It plays a leading role in researching, developing, and delivering assessment to eight million candidates in 170 countries every year.

We are looking for a Security Analyst to join the Information Security team at Cambridge Assessment. The Information Security team is part of Cambridge Assessment’s Group Security department, which incorporates Security Operations; Security Governance, Risk and Compliance; Business Continuity Management; Security Intelligence and Investigations; and Physical, Personal and Travel Security.

Protecting our people, processes and technologies

Our role is to enable Cambridge Assessment to operate in a secure manner by protecting our people, processes and technologies from potential security threats. The Security Analyst will primarily focus on integrating and automating our key security technologies, such as our SIEM, SOAR and ISMS platforms. You will also be able to explore wherever your interests in the security field may take you, as responsibilities will also include supporting the wider departmental activities such as threat monitoring, project consultancy, vulnerability management and assurance testing, and incident response.

If you a security-conscious person with experience in system development or application engineering / support, we would be interested in hearing from you. This is an exciting opportunity to focus your existing knowledge, skills, and experience in scripting and integration/automation by transitioning into a Security Analyst role within the Information Security field.

Connecting and improving
Connecting all our security technologies together with a view to developing and improving security processes and automating our incident response capabilities. You will also assist in the management of our technical security controls, configurations, and policies.

Subject matter expert
Providing technical security assurance and consultancy to both new projects as well as existing systems and applications, you will play a key role in developing security awareness within the organisation.  You’ll assist with security incidents, helping to contain threats, remediate vulnerabilities, performing root cause analysis and reporting, alongside your fellow Security Analysts and other Cambridge Assessment departments.

What we’re looking for
You will have experience in scripting and/or programming, preferably for automation and integration purposes, or in the context of application to security technologies or secure development.  With an understanding of security technologies such as firewalls, IDS/IPS, end-point security, email security, access control, SIEM, SOAR, DLP, vulnerability management, incident response, and the capabilities of modern platforms such as Microsoft 365 and Azure AD. You will also have an awareness of information security standards such as ISO 27001 and Cyber Essentials Plus.

You’ll have some knowledge of security frameworks and methodologies, for example OWASP Top 10, STRIDE, and MITRE ATT&CK, and be a holder of, or have a willingness to work towards achieving, professional information security memberships and certifications from organisations such as CIISec, BTL, EC, CompTIA, CREST, Offensive Security, (ISC)2, ISACA, SANS.  Essential is a good level of written and spoken English, particularly with the ability to communicate technical matters to non-technical audiences.

We’re looking for a team player who can both learn from others’ expertise and experiences and is also capable of sharing their own knowledge by mentoring your peers.  The ability to think analytically, innovatively, and critically to challenge the status quo, helping to build continuous improvement and best practice within the department and across the organisation.  

Who we are
Cambridge Assessment is Europe’s largest assessment group, incorporating three major awarding bodies. It plays a leading role in researching, developing, and delivering assessment to eight million candidates in 170 countries every year. The Group is a department of the University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organisation.
This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leader and be rewarded with valuable learning opportunities, a competitive salary, and benefits.

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:
•    Generous contributory pension
•    28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
•    Annual salary review and discretionary company bonus 
•    Enhanced maternity/paternity pay 
•    Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers
•    Cycle scheme
•    Season Ticket Loan
•    Subsidised staff restaurants
•    Support for professional qualifications
•    Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.

We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone’s contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 23 March 2021 and interviews will be held soon after the closing date.


To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter


If you’re successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.


The University of Cambridge will be bringing together its publishing and assessment operations to create a single organisation from 1 August 2021. Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment publish and create world-leading content and examinations that are used across more than 170 countries.


The move is in response to a growing desire from learners, teachers and researchers to engage with Cambridge in a joined up digital way, and the demand for innovative products that combine expertise in learning and assessment. The new organisation will have the capabilities to provide world leading assessment, learning and academic research offerings globally, under the Cambridge brand and backed by first class teaching and research departments.


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