Cyber careers

Covert Technical Operations Specialist

At MI5, we help to keep the country safe. Our talented teams work against ever-evolving threats, from terrorism to espionage. In Covert Technical Operations, our specialists disrupt the work of potential terrorists. Leading on high-profile cases, they use technical capabilities to collect vital intelligence. And now we’re looking for more forward-thinking individuals to join us.

Salary: £33,783

Major disruptions ahead for terrorists.

Working within legal frameworks, you’ll find innovative ways to gain access to computers and devices that belong to suspected terrorists. You’ll learn to quickly solve technical problems in tactical, covert and creative ways – providing unique insights into the threats we face. You’ll come to understand the risks posed by particular individuals and groups. Working collaboratively with other investigators, teams and intelligence agencies, you’ll be required to explain complex topics to a non-technical audience, making sure everyone has a good understanding of your work.

To join, you’ll have gained or be expecting at least a 2:2 in a degree by 2019, or have a relevant qualification in a technology-related field. This will be supported by your experience of computer or network security, computer or digital forensics and/or forensics testing. Ideally, you’ll have scripting and development skills (including on mobile platforms), and an understanding of internet protocols. Importantly, you’ll need to be an individual who demonstrates an inquisitive mind-set and an innovative approach to problem-solving. You’ll also be self-motivated with a desire for learning and keeping up with new tech trends.

Apply now and disrupt terrorism.

During the recruitment process, we may identify that your skills make you more suitable for another role. In this case, we’ll contact you and advise further.

We particularly welcome applications from women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates.

To find out more and apply, please visit our website using the button provided.

To apply to MI5 you must be a born or naturalised British citizen, over 18 years of age and normally have lived in the UK for nine of the last ten years. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member, providing that they are British. They should also be made aware of the importance of discretion.