Cyber security specialists: Do you know when your Security Clearance is due to lapse?

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by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

As a cyber security professional, having an active Security Clearance makes you a far more attractive candidate to prospective employers than those who don’t. In the UK, you cannot apply for Security Clearance as an individual. Your clearance needs to be requested by a sponsored employer and is subsequently carried out by government agencies. However, once obtained, Security Clearance can be verified and transferred to a new employer.

Why do I need Security Clearance?

Having Security Clearance indicates to an employer and government officials that at the current point in time, you are suitable to have trusted access to sensitive information. If your employer has been contracted by an agency such as the central government or the Ministry of Defence, you may need Security Clearance to work on specific classified projects.

As a cyber security professional, you may be required to help protect certain classified information from data breaches and security threats. The more sensitive the information you’re protecting, the more rigorous the Security Clearance process. A Security Check, required for individuals who need to gain access to SECRET or occasionally controlled access to TOP SECRET assets, can take between one and three months to process. Therefore, it’s far more appealing for employers to hire someone with a pre-existing Security Clearance to avoid delays.

What is required to obtain Security Clearance?

To receive a full Security Check clearance, there are number of personal background checks that will have to be carried out before the process is completed. A full security check  involves the following:

  • Departmental / company records check
  • A Baseline Personal Security Standard (BPSS) – this is normally carried out as part of the recruitment process
  • Criminal record check
  • Credit reference check
  • Security Service check
  • Security questionnaire

Normally, you’ll need to have been a resident of the UK for a minimum of five years, and the company sponsoring your application will need to be ‘List X accredited’.

If you need the highest level of Security Clearance, you’ll need to undertake a Developed Vetting process rather than just a Security Check. As well as the processes required by a Security Check, for Developed Vetting you’ll also have your personal finances reviewed, a check of provided medical and psychological information, a Developed Vetting specific security questionnaire and an interview supported by character references. The process can take up to nine months to complete, so if you already have this level of Security Clearance, it can be very beneficial to potential employers.

When will my Security Clearance expire?

Security Clearance is only granted for a limited period, usually depending on the employment term or the length of a specific project. However, if you have a longstanding Security Clearance, security checks are generally reviewed every 10 years and Developed Vetting checks tend to be reinvestigated after five years.

All clearances are kept under review and could therefore be subject to change. Although, if you do want to change job roles, you can transfer your current Security Clearance if you move to another ‘List X accredited’ company.

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Senior Quantity Surveyor

Are you an experienced Quantity Surveyor with a background in Civil projects? Do you want to work for a company that is demonstrating sustained periods of growth, as well as having a solid order book of more work to come? Do you want to work for a company that offers autonomy, along with the freedom to develop in your career? Then Vital want to speak to you.Vital resources are currently working with a reputable and well established Groundworks and Civils contractor to assist them in their search for an experienced Senior Quantity Surveyor to assist in the delivery of several high profile projects.As the Quantity Surveyor your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Working with various forms of Contract (JCT, NEC, FIDIC)Liaising with operational departments to oversee costs on projectsManage diary to ensure site visits are performed in a timely and safe mannerPerform CVR's and Final accounts to chase for paymentAttend client meetings to provide updates on projectsReporting commercial progress to Senior Managers and DirectorsThe successful applicant for this role will be able to demonstrate:Background in a similar positionPrevious experience working in a Sub-Contractor environmentDegree Educated (or equivalent)Full UK Licence as travel to sites will be requiredAbility to work alone with minimal supervisionFor this, our client is willing to offer a competitive salary, along with a comprehensive package.For more information or to apply, please click the link or contact Jamie Nicholson

Quantity Surveyor

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SharePoint Consultant

We are looking for a Digital Workplace Contractor to join our central Digital Workplace team. This role requires involvement in a variety of projects including intranets, collaboration sites, information architecture, document management, apps, forms, workflows and migration. The ideal candidate will be able to assess, design, implement, handover, review, document and support SharePoint and Office 365 no/low code solutions. RESPONSIBILITIES * SharePoint solution delivery from initial customer contact through to delivery including support * Implement solutions using SharePoint functionality including search, content types, sites, lists, web parts, forms, page layouts, etc. * Automate business processes using Nintex workflows and forms * Migrate sites and content between SharePoint farms using both out of the box and 3rd party migration tools * Ensure delivered solutions are completed as planned and to an agreed budget * Update DevOps and report on progress to stakeholders and management * Work with 3rd party suppliers to ensure a continuous service * You will be a subject matter expert in SharePoint and Office 365 solutions providing guidance across the enterprise to ensure all applications deliver business value * Be aware of any costs that are incurred and ensure the budget holder has agreed to this cost * Conduct requirements gathering, solution design and progress updates with customers * Ensure development work is completed and tested within agreed timescales and to agreed standards * Ensure project scopes and requirements do not deviate from the agreed strategy * Identify and suggest existing or new emerging standards and technologies * Manage your time and priorities to deliver activities to agreed timescales * Ensure all relevant documentation is produced to approved standards * Complete assigned support issues for the Web Services team to agreed SLAs * The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the post. * Migrating large SharePoint environments QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS Essential * Experience of delivering no/low code SharePoint solutions for the business using enterprise content management, document management, SharePoint, Nintex workflow and forms, O365 power platform and reporting * Excellent understanding of SharePoint on-premises and online * Good experience of understanding and writing business requirements, specification writing and delivery of business focussed technical solutions to an agreed and tested standard * Experience delivering solutions using Agile and Waterfall methodologies * Ability to work both in teams and autonomously, is self-motivated and keeps up to date with trends in technology * Proven experience working in a small team delivering technical solutions to business requirements * Experience of working with internal and external suppliers to ensure specified SLAs are met * Ability to build successful business relationships across a range of stakeholder groups * Responding to and resolution of SharePoint issues and incidents * Experience supporting complex SharePoint and web application solutions across multiple environments and versions * Experience of migrating large SharePoint environments Desirable * Knowledge of the full Office 365 suite of applications including Power Apps, Power Automate and Power BI * Experience with Project Server 2013/2019/Project Online * Knowledge of SharePoint farm server architecture and installations * Experience with JavaScript, HTML, CSS, PnP, PowerShell * Experience with DevOps and Agile development * Information systems related Degree * Microsoft technology qualifications * PRINCE 2 Foundation, ITIL Foundation, BCS Solutions Development Foundation PERSON SPECIFICATION * Demonstrate 100% commitment to excellence in everything you do, a real desire to deliver a quality service to customers at all times * Be flexible, hard-working and thorough * Work collaboratively across IT and non IT departments * Ability to effectively communicate, present and influence others * Understanding of Agile project management * Experience of working in technical teams with large enterprise class systems * Must be able to follow agreed processes and make suggestions for improvements * Good creative thinking, problem solving and analytical skills * Willingness to undertake reasonable travel for work Desirable * Proven ability to build trust with stakeholders * Security cleared SECURITY Must have or be able to gain SC clearance

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