Department of Transport
Department of Transport

ICT Assistant Principal Officer – Cyber Security Lead

Co. Clare
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Background Information and Role

This is an excellent opportunity to join a distinguished government department. Our department’s mission is to deliver an accessible, efficient, safe, and sustainable transport system that supports communities, households, and businesses. 

The Department provides many services directly to the public, working towards greater efficiencies, trying to be more innovative, and making a positive impact on people’s lives. The Department maintains the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF), the central vehicle database, and is responsible for the collection of motor tax, with over €900 million collected during 2023. Anytime someone applies for a haulage or bus passenger operator licence, registers a ship, or calls the coastguard, they are dealing with us directly. We also progress a range of legislative measures each year, relating to all modes of transport.

The Digital Hub is a new structure which for the first time brings together all of the core ICT and Digital functions in the Department. It is responsible for overseeing technology strategy, technology operations, data management, data analytics and ICT project management. The Digital Hub is guided by a Departmental Digital Strategy and will drive innovation and efficiency across the Department over the coming years. It also provides sectoral leadership for agencies under the aegis of the Department and their digital transformation programmes. As well as supporting existing ICT systems, the Digital Hub investigates the use of new and emerging technology solutions to address the Department's ever-increasing business needs and engages with wider Government and sector stakeholders to help deliver better citizen-centric outcomes.  

The Department of Transport is looking for an ICT Assistant Principal Officer - Cyber Security Lead. This is a new role and will be based in the Department’s Digital Hub. The person recruited from this campaign, will play a significant leading role in the management of cyber security incidents at Departmental level. This role presents an opportunity for an individual who wants to play a role in delivering on the ambitions for Ireland to be a digital leader as part of the Government’s ICT and digital transformation programmes, such as connecting Government 2030, which is the new digital and ICT strategy for Ireland’s Public Service.

Individuals with relevant expertise and experience are invited to apply for this senior management role. This is a permanent position that can be based in either our Dublin office, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, or in our office in Shannon, Co Clare. In addition to filling one post immediately, it is intended to form a panel to enable the Department to draw on specialist skills should further positions arise. 


As well as a rewarding and challenging career, some of the benefits of this role in the Civil Service are: 

  • An incremental salary scale ranging from €77,528.00 to €96,617 (PPC).
  • A generous state pension. 
  • 30 days annual leave entitlement. 
  • Excellent range of benefits that provide additional support and flexibility to enable a truly enjoyable work life balance, including blended working arrangements. 
  • Paid sick leave. 
  • Excellent career development opportunities and resources to help you grow skills, capabilities, and experience for a rich, rewarding civil service career. 
  • Internal, interdepartmental, and open recruitment and promotion channels.
  • Advance fees educational assistance and paid study and exam leave to support you while you study. 
  • Employee Mentoring Programme.
  • Employee networks.
  • Wellbeing supports, including an employee assistance programme, public service credit union and wage deduction facilities. 
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and TaxSaver Travel Pass scheme - We are a certified Gold Cycle Friendly Employer and a certified Gold Smarter Travel Employer. 
  • Trade union membership (voluntary).

Principal Duties 

As a key member of the Department’s Digital Hub management team, the Cyber Security Lead will play a lead role in digital transformation initiatives, helping your organisation to meet its strategic objectives and also to support the delivery of government strategies such as Connecting Government 2030: A Digital and ICT Strategy for the Public Service, Harnessing Digital - The Digital Ireland Framework, the Public Service Data Strategy 2019-2023, and Making Innovation Real, the Public Service Innovation Strategy and further strategic initiatives that may emerge.

Reporting to the Head of Technology Strategy (Principal Officer), the key responsibilities of the post will include but not be limited to:

  • Overseeing the cybersecurity strategy and governance by establishing and maintaining information security frameworks, policies, procedures and standards. The Cyber Security Lead will also be accountable for enforcement of the framework and policies throughout the department.
  • Developing and leading your organisation’s cyber security programme including ensuring that all necessary and appropriate security measures are developed and in place to protect digital government services implemented by your organisation to support and enable internal and external users. This will include using the Cyber Security Baseline Standard Framework to assess and improve the management of cyber security risks.
  • Managing the development and support of network and security infrastructures which support delivery of services for enterprise grade business infrastructure, covering all layers of the OSI network stack. 
  • Overseeing the selection, implementation and management of cybersecurity technologies throughout the department, including SIEM, IDP/ IPS, Malware protection, Firewalls etc.
  • Ensure that all external managed service providers are compliant to departmental cybersecurity policies and standards.
  • Being accountable for responding to and managing any cybersecurity incidents and breaches such as ransomware attacks, malware attacks, phishing attempts etc.
  • Lead the department’s efforts in vulnerability assessments and penetration testing initiatives.
  • Overseeing the cybersecurity spending and budget of the department.
  • Leading the department’s current cybersecurity roadmap of projects and initiatives.
  • Managing phishing simulation exercises for the department staff.
  • Reviewing cybersecurity requirements in all outgoing RFTs and RFPs. Provide inputs in evaluating tenders from a cybersecurity perspective, where needed.
  • Periodically report critical cybersecurity risks and cyber KPIs/ metrics to the Management Board and Technology Steering Board.
  • Leading and mentoring the Cybersecurity Team.
  • Promoting cybersecurity awareness and culture within the department and among all staff.
  • Being up-to-date on upcoming cybersecurity regulations and ensure the department’s compliance with them.
  • Acting as a trusted advisor to your organisation in terms of the potential for digital and ICT to transform delivery of services to internal and external customers. 

For full information on the role, the eligibility requirements , benefits and how to apply click here

Closing date for applications is 3.00 pm on Thursday, 13th June 2024. 

Important Dates
Posted on
24 May, 2024
Application deadline
13 June, 2024