Security Monitoring Analyst

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Job Description

A Security Monitoring Analyst will review events identified by the protective monitoring toolset used by DVSA and report and investigate any events or findings. Monitor, maintain and protect DVSA networks, systems and assets for malicious activity typically using technologies such as Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) and IDS systems. Support the Operational Security function in being part of the small pool of staff who review findings or events from the DVSA protective monitoring solution and respond through incident management processes to investigate.

The Security Analyst role will work closely with the IT Security Manager and IT system owners to maintain, monitor and respond to various notifications from monitoring systems to improve the IT security of DVSA. The role will also work with users across the Agency to respond to security issues and to identify and suggest improvements that can be made to technologies and processes.


Include but not limited to:

  • Act as Incident Manager when directed by the Incident Control Centre, ensuring the incident is contained, the impact minimised, any recovery necessary is effective and that lessons are learned to inform future prevention.
  • Monitor, maintain and protect DVSA networks, systems and assets from malicious activity typically using technologies such as Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) and IDS systems.
  • Carry out technical vulnerability assessments of IT systems to identifying potential vulnerabilities, make recommendations to control identified risks and work with those individuals to ensure they are implemented.
  • Respond rapidly and effectively to IT security incidents, managing them in a professional manner, including performing or arranging forensics for evidence gathering and preservation.
  • Analyse and formulate recommendations for next steps on identification of events of interest. Advise of any replica or similar events known to inform actions.

About you

You will likely come from an information security or security operations background with an understanding of protective monitoring and incident management. Up to date knowledge of the latest trends, threats and control measures would certainly help you succeed in this role along with the ability to communicate effectively with other members of the team.
We use Darktrace as part of our protective monitoring solution therefore experience with Darktrace or the ability to pick this up quite quickly would also be very important

Going forward we are committed to encouraging and enabling our staff to develop in and above their role and we will support you in undertaking further development opportunities/qualifications.

For more info on our digital transformation, head over to our LinkedIn .


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace


We’re an innovative organisation that values professional expertise and invests in all our people. We champion inclusive and diverse teams, ensuring we have the skills required to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future, meeting the needs of the people who use our services.

If you would like to read more about the great opportunities and benefits of working at DVSA visit our Careers website.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

The Civil Service Nationality Rules has been updated following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The new rules will come into effect on 1st January 2021. We urge people from the EU, European Economic Area and Switzerland to be familiar with the updated Nationality rules prior to applying for this role.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

The sift is due to take place the week commencing 8th March 2021.

Interviews are due to take place the week commencing 22nd March 2021.

This interview will be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, you will need to provide detailed evidence of your experience of the following sift criteria within your CV and Personal Statement:

  • Using specific tools like Darktrace as part of a protective monitoring solution.
  • Demonstrate experience of working in a technical IT environment.
  • High quality communication and drafting skills

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

  • an interview
  • an interview with one or more exercises
  • a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the ‘Contact point for applicants’ section

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name : Digital Resourcing Team
Email :

Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here ( to visit Civil Service Commission


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