The overarching aim of my role within the Met Office is to provide governance, management and control of IT security. To achieve these aims I am required to contribute towards the development of IT security policy and security operating procedures, provide advice on compliance with IT security policy and procedures and report security incidents or breaches of the security policy.
The role requires that I review the effectiveness of IT security controls in accordance with accreditation conditions and corporate security policies, alerting the accreditor to changes in system use that might affect the level of residual risk. I am also tasked with leading investigations into IT security incidents and identifying systemic weaknesses in control effectiveness.
The quality of the BSc (Hons) Computer and Information Security course* and the significant base of security-related expertise within University of Plymouth, are recognised by employers through the accreditation granted by the BCS and the University of Plymouth's academic partner status with IISP. The syllabus is closely aligned to the domains of study for the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) qualification enabling students to pursue recognised qualifications after their academic studies to support their professional development.
The greatest part of the course for me was the calibre of the academics from which I had the opportunity to learn including individuals working alongside a wide variety of organisations covering an array of security domains.
The course was extremely well supplemented with events and presentations from the BCS (British Computer Society) and IISP (Institute of Information Security Professionals) providing insight into ongoing developments and issues facing the industry. Alongside my studies I had the opportunity to undertake additional certifications, such as ACE (AccessData Certified Examiner) and C|EH (Certified Ethical Hacker) certifications.
I am extremely fortunate to work for an organisation such as the Met Office, which is recognised as a world leader in providing weather and climate services. The scale of Met Office operations provides unique and continuous challenges that enable me to routinely utilise and further develop the skills that I had developed through my studies. The Met Office also provides ongoing opportunities to develop new skills, sharing my strong desire for continuing professional development.
For students wishing to gain industrial experience, the Met Office provides a range of one year industrial placements and short-term summer placements across a variety of business areas. For individuals who have graduated or will soon, the Met Office also provides graduate opportunities and an IT Trainee Scheme. For more information please take a look at the Met Office Graduate and Placement webpage.
*Course title now BSc (Hons) Cyber Security.