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GCHQ recruits Computer Network Operations Specialists

Last Updated: 12 May 2015
GCHQ is recruiting committed and responsible individuals who have the potential to carry out Computer Network Operations to keep the UK safe.

News article - 12 May 2015

GCHQ employs world-class experts in understanding computer networks. It uses this knowledge both to protect the UK's sensitive information, and to provide valuable intelligence, including carrying out computer network operations against terrorists, criminals and others posing a serious threat to the UK.

This is the first time that GCHQ has openly recruited for Computer Network Operations Specialists (CNOS). At GCHQ, CNOS work in both cyber security and cyber intelligence roles. In cyber security, operations specialists may find themselves working in a team detecting and preventing attempts to attack the critical national infrastructure, or seeking to defend government systems against criminals seeking to steal information, identities or money. Cyber intelligence specialists might need to develop software to access the computers of a terrorist group, or carry out operations to retrieve vital online clues about the location and identity of members of an organised crime ring.

Strict legal controls, safeguards and requirements apply to all GCHQ’s activities, which can only be carried out for the statutory purposes and in support of the national security priorities that are set by ministers.

A GCHQ spokesperson said:

"Our work is unique and it makes a difference to the UK. Our current campaign to recruit Computer Network Operations Specialists means new entrants get to fully play their part.

"We are looking for people with a diverse range of backgrounds and experience, so training is tailored to meet the needs of the individual and the role. The need to keep up with changing technology means that those we recruit continue learning and developing throughout a career in computer network operations."

For the CNOS campaign, GCHQ is recruiting both graduates and non-graduates who are aged 18 or over and who have complex coding and problem-solving skills. The starting salary is £27,913 and the start date will depend on successful candidates achieving DV clearance. Places are available in Cheltenham and Scarborough.

To find out more and to apply, visit GCHQ’s careers website


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