Security and Risk Adviser (Compliance) - 12mth ftc

HEAnet Security Services · Dublin 1, Leinster
Department HEAnet Security Services
Employment Type Fixed Term
Minimum Experience Experienced

HEAnet is Ireland’s National Research and Education Network, providing internet connectivity and ICT shared services across all levels of the Irish education system, reaching 1,000,000 end users. We connect learners and researchers across all of Ireland to education resources and to fellow national educational and research networks in Europe, and the rest of the world. We are looking for a Security and Risk Adviser (Compliance) to work within ICT Security Services for a period of twelve (12) months. This is a fixed term contract role.

What the ICT Security Services Team does 

The team provides a set of core security services which are common to our clients. These services include but are not limited to policy review and development, penetration testing, vulnerability scanning, security awareness training and ICT Environment assessments.

How we do it

Our company values underpin how we do things in HEAnet. We believe in and live by our values and understand they are integral to making HEAnet a great place to work.

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Positive                 Future                Empowered         Enjoy It            Equality &          We Share

Impact                  Focused               Decision                                       Fairness 



What you get from us

We value knowledge sharing and communication. Each week we have a team meeting where the team has catch-ups to cover outstanding issues and planned work for the week. You will also have a 1:1 meeting every week with your manager. We have frequent presentations from anyone in the company on a wide range of topics from technical demos to project management to mental health.  On different days of the week any team member may be working from home, so we use tools like Microsoft Teams to keep in touch.


We encourage critical thinking and the exploration of new ideas. We often form cross-team special interest groups for specific topic discussions, both ongoing and for fixed projects. We provide a diverse workload.  Everyone on the team has responsibility for their assigned tasks, but we limit individual performance objectives to a max of 30%, so you will get to work in multiple areas with different team members. We promote a healthy work/life balance. Work outside of standard hours is rare and agreed in advance. We take the care of our team members' mental health seriously. 

Company Benefits

  • Annual performance management system
  • Professional education policy
  • Comprehensive group and individual training & development initiatives
  • On-going well-being initiatives
  • Health insurance for employees
  • Defined contribution pension scheme
  • Flexible start/finish times
  • Working from home
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Tax-saver Ticket scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme

For further information about who we are and our core values, see

What we need from you

The main for focus for this role will be to conduct technical security assessments, so you will have:

  • An appropriate third level Degree or master’s degree or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Ability to conduct, lead and deliver Information Security and Risk assessments engagements.
  • Ability to conduct, lead and deliver policy reviews and creation of new IT policies as appropriate.
  • Familiarity with international best practices such as ISO 27001 and NIST.
  • Excellent communication skills written and oral.
  • Excellent ability to communicate technical issues to both technical and non-technical audiences including IT Directors & senior management
  • Contribute to preparing client proposals
  • An organised approach to work and an ability to prioritise effectively.
  • Self-motivation and the willingness to take on responsibility for your own area of work.
  • Valuing teamwork and an ability to work effectively with all our Security & Risk Advisers, the organisation, and clients to achieve common goals.
  • Strong communication and influencing skills. You’ll be comfortable conveying information in an effective manner, which includes allowing people to understand your approach, but also taking into consideration other people’s perspective, and where appropriate resolve conflicting viewpoints.       

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We do not need you to have experience in the following areas, but if you did it could be beneficial:

  • Knowledge and understanding of IT security related products and services including firewalls, remote-access solutions, SIEM, encryption technologies, network architecture, etc.
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).


More important information

At HEAnet we celebrate diversity and understand how important it is to our ongoing success.  We would like to hear from candidates who are great at what they do and whose values align with ours.

If you need any adjustments made to the application or selection process so you can do your best, please let us know.

HEAnet are delighted to be awarded with the ‘Best in Health and Wellbeing 2021’ through the InBusiness awards from Chambers Ireland and shortlisted as medium company of the year 2021 through the Ibec Keep Well Mark. We take pride in developing, maintaining and enhancing our culture of wellbeing and continue to focus on this into 2022 and beyond.

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  • Location
    Dublin 1, Leinster
  • Department
    HEAnet Security Services
  • Employment Type
    Fixed Term
  • Minimum Experience