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Chief of Information & Cyber Security

The Business

Join us in Dublin as Chief of Information & Cyber Security

  • If you're highly experienced in governance, the risk management lifecycle, and information and cyber security, this role will let you play an important part in helping Ulster Bank operate in a secure environment and protect our customers from malicious and fraudulent attacks
  • As our customers' and the banking industry's dependency on digital increases, we have a responsibility to our customers to keep them and the bank safe
  • You'll be reporting directly the Chief Information Officer, in what is a unique opportunity to lead and shape the future security strategy of the business

What you'll do

This critical role will give you responsibility for leading the Ulster Bank Ireland DAC Information and Cyber Security team, where you'll lead the security roadmap, preparation and response to major cyber security threats, as well as any unexpected events that adversely impact the bank.

You'll draw on your expertise to develop a security vision and strategy that is aligned to the bank’s priorities, and provides a safe and secure environment. You’ll deliver threat analysis and recommendations to senior management which enable and drive effective, timely mitigation and remediation activities. This will include quality written and verbal briefings to ensure we keep abreast of the cyber security threat level, and to enable you drive the development of cutting edge capabilities to respond to targeted attacks.

Other elements of your role will include:

  • Working with our technology providers to identify internal security gaps or weaknesses, and oversee mitigation strategies
  • Leading work to develop and embed security policy, monitoring its effectiveness through ongoing compliance assessments
  • Developing frameworks that oversee safe change delivery, including newly deployed technologies, and regulatory and compliances mandates
  • Cascading expert, relevant knowledge of threats to the executive team, and developing and maintaining the bank’s security breach response guidelines and processes to facilitate rapid and appropriate response to scenarios such as customer data loss
  • Providing direction to technical, system and application investments as they relate to security architectures, making sure that security technology services are procured, developed and maintained in accordance with the bank's overall strategies, policies and architectures
  • Leading and managing a targeted security awareness training programme for all colleagues and approved system users, and establishing metrics to measure the programme's effectiveness of this security training program for different audiences

The skills you'll need

This role has a crucial part to play in safeguarding the bank, so we're looking for someone with extensive experience and knowledge of cyber security threat types and attack methodologies, plus deep and comprehensive knowledge of frameworks, policies and controls as they relate to information and cyber security management.

We'll also expect:

  • A certification in common security management frameworks, such as ISO/IEC 27001, ISACA, COBIT as well as those from NIST, including 800-53 and Cybersecurity Framework, or the equivalent level of knowledge developed through professional experience
  • A network of industry contacts in the cyber analytics field, and the proven ability to leverage them
  • The ability to translate technical concepts to goals and objectives which align to those of the business
  • A thorough understanding of technology principles and architectures, particularly relating to the wider banking industry
  • Resilience and tenacity
  • The ability to effectively raise issues with stakeholders and senior management when needed

How we'll reward you

In return, we offer a competitive salary and you'll also join our retirement savings plan. You can also choose from a selection of protection, healthcare or lifestyle extras from RBSelect, our fully flexible reward programme.

Visit our reward and benefits page for more information on the benefit packages we offer.


At Ulster Bank, we want everyone to feel welcome, regardless of your background or needs. If you need adjustments making to your working environment, we’ll do everything we can to support you. As part of this commitment, we offer flexible working options for some of our roles - find out more.

As a Financial Services organisation we comply with and support the requirements set by our Regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which are designed to protect our customers. This role falls under Conduct Rules of the Individual Accountability Regime (IAR) and is subject to pre-employment screening. This means if your application is successful, you’ll need to satisfy some important background checks before you can start working with us. These may include a full credit check, a criminal record check (if based in the UK), residency and right to work checks.