IT Security Specialist

Holberrow Green
31 Jul 2017
16 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Things are moving pretty fast here at Halfords! Have you got the pace, experience and career aspiration to move with us?

About us

Halfords are the UKs leading retailer of leisure and automotive products and the UKs leading operator in garage serving and auto repair. Our retail business boasts over 460 stores, on-line shopping, a delivery service and in-store collection. Just to top this off we are now one of the Sunday Times 25 best big companies to work for!


The IT Security Specialist will work as part of the Information Security team reporting to the Head of Information Security.

The role requires a strong technical background coupled with an in-depth knowledge of security systems and relevant regulations and legislation to assist in maintaining the security of information assets, processes and systems.


The IT Security Specialist must be capable of seeing the ‘big picture’ and articulating technical language in a business friendly manner.

The IT Security Specialist will have experience with a wide range of security technologies. A solid understanding of network and application security, along with experience of using various security tooling, reporting and incident management.


•Monitor security vulnerabilities, threats and events in network and host systems

•Manage security technologies such as network, intrusion detection and prevention systems, Anti-Malware and Email Gateways.

•Anticipate security alerts, incidents and disasters and reduce their likelihood

•Perform or co-ordinate penetration testing, vulnerability testing, risk analyses and security assessments

•Plan, implement and upgrade security measures and controls

•Establish plans and protocols to protect digital files and information systems against unauthorized access, modification and/or destruction

•Respond immediately to security-related incidents and provide a thorough post-event analysis

•Analyse security breaches to determine their root cause

•Train fellow employees in security awareness and procedures

•Update and upgrade security systems as needed

•Defend systems against unauthorized access, modification and/or destruction

•Provide technical advice to colleagues


Skills and Experience:

•Experience of an Information Security role within a retail or similar organisation

•Knowledge of industry security regulations and regulatory practices

•A good level of knowledge in technical security protocols and mechanisms

•Experience of technical security products and solutions

•Experience of developing and championing security initiatives

•Experience of working in a project environment

•Experience of organisation information security audits

•Strong communications skills

•CISSP (Desirable)

5.Personal Attributes

•Excellent team player

•Excellent communication skills (Internal and external)

•Self-starter - organised and self-motivated

•Able to work under pressure in a demanding environment without supervision

•Adaptable and responsive to change.

•Ability to maintain and improve quality standards

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