Cyber security at MI5

This graduate programme at MI5 gives you an unrivalled opportunity to use your technical skills to help protect the country from increasingly sophisticated cyber threats

Why cyber security matters

We now rely on the internet in one way or another every day. It's incredibly useful from both a personal and commercial perspective, but conversely it also exposes us to malicious cyber-attacks - whether that's from hackers and criminal gangs or hostile foreign states and terrorists.

This is where we, along with MI6 and GCHQ, use cutting-edge technologies to detect and protect the UK from sophisticated cyber threats that pose a serious threat to our country's security and prosperity.

As a career path, working in cyber security at MI5 is undeniably interesting and rewarding. It requires creativity, expertise and innovation to build up our defenses and thwart potential attacks. You'll find people from all walks of life here, each bringing their unique experiences and backgrounds.

Why we need graduates

We're living in an era of rapid technological change and MI5 needs to be at the forefront of this revolution. That's why we're looking for graduates to join our Technology Graduate Development Programme and apply their technical skills in new and different ways. The programme gives graduates an unequalled mix of variety and responsibility while helping protect the country.

The ins and outs of the programme

This is a two-year programme that allows talented individuals to become invaluable technology and business professionals in our pioneering IT department. There are two streams available: Specialist and Business.

In the Specialist stream, you'll join either our software development or cyber teams. As a software developer you'll use your programming skills to help develop and maintain applications to help us better understand and analyse intelligence so we can progress our investigations and disrupt threats. In cyber you'll carry out vital network and forensic analysis to strengthen our response to cyber espionage threats against the UK.

The Business stream covers project management, IT service management and business analysis. You can learn more about the Business stream by visiting our website - see the link at the bottom of this article.

It goes without saying that whichever area you join we'll give you all the training and support you need to have a successful and rewarding career with us.

Who we're looking for

Fresh thinkers. Innovators. Graduates who are curious about technology, and are passionate about its potential. We want proactive and hardworking team players who combine excellent communication skills with a hands-on approach to solving problems. And we're looking for people who enjoy seeing their work make a real impact on our mission to keep the country safe.

What you'll need

To apply you'll need a 2:2 or higher in a STEM or technology related degree that includes an element of programming. The software development and cyber teams both require programming experience. Plus, to join the cyber team, you'll also need some understanding of networking, operating systems and IT security principles.

What you'll get

Your starting salary will be £33,398 rising to £36,106 after one year. During the programme, you'll receive both on-the-job and formal training that's relevant to your area. And we'll also fund external accredited qualifications to support your future career.

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