GCHQ launches recruitment campaign due to demand

UK intelligence agency GCHQ is recruiting for computer network operations specialists

UK intelligence agency GCHQ is recruiting for computer network operations specialists (CNOS) due to demand.

GCHQ protects the UK’s computer networks by safeguarding sensitive information.

This is the first time the agency has recruited for positions in cyber security and cyber intelligence.

In cyber security, operations specialists may find themselves working in a team detecting and preventing attempts to attack the critical national infrastructure, or defending government systems against criminals seeking to steal information, identities or money.

In cyber intelligence, the CNOS will develop software to access the computers of terrorist groups, retrieving vital online clues about the location and identity of members of orgnanised crime rings.

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GCHQ is looking to recruit graduates and non-graduates, aged 18 or over. Candidates should have an eye for complex coding and problem solving.  

The starting salary is £27,913 and candidates have to achieve DV clearance before they can start. CNOS roles are available in Cheltenham and Scarborough.

A GCHQ spokesperson said: “Our work is unique and makes a difference to the UK. Our current campaign to recruit for the CNOS positions means new entrants get to fully play their part.

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

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