1. Main dates
Deadline for application: 30 July 2006
Selection procedure: 14 and 15 September 2006
Starting date for employment: as soon as possible
The core business of Europol is to receive, exchange and analyse information and intelligence with the aim of supporting EU Member States in combating serious and organised crime across the European Union. Working within an established legal framework, Europol is a centre of excellence for information exchange and analysis.
Europol is a dynamic multicultural and multi-professional organisation and provides an environment which presents many challenges and opportunities. We are currently looking for skilled and experienced applicants to join our team and succeed our present First Officer in The Infrastructure Unit.
2.1. The Information Management and Technology Department of Europol
The Information Management and Technology Department (IMT) is responsible for developing information management and communication policy. It’s role is to deliver a clear strategy for ensuring criminal information and intelligence exchange between member states.
The main task of the Department is to implement and maintain information system to facilitate collecting and exchanging information and intelligence according to the EUROPOL Convention.
The IMT, 102 strong, consists of seven units, each with specific competencies and responsibilities.
2.2. The IMT Unit: staffing and technology
Europol uses innovative and leading edge technologies to enable fast, effective and secure access to, and enrichment of, information in a unique multi-lingual and multi-disciplinary international law enforcement environment. In that context, the Europol IMT department provides a range of services from system operations and user support to project management, application development and external system procurement.
The Europol IMT infrastructure unit ensures that services are supplied in accordance with organisational needs for some 500 users within the Europol headquarters and users within the Europol National Units in the 25 Member States.
3. Job description
3.1. Situation within the Europol structure:
Deputy Director, Head of IMT Department
Head of IMT Infrastructure Unit
First Officer – ICT Security
3.2. Purpose of the post
Participate to the maintenance, support and evolution activities of the ICT Security infrastructure of Europol. In collaboration with the other ICT Units and groups, provide ICT solutions to business needs.
3.3. Main responsibilities
This First Officer, will coordinate the activities of the ICT security team, will ensure the continued provision of adequate protection in relation to the Europol Computer Systems, specifically:
- The management of the IT Security team including distribution of the work and coordination of the work of the different members of the team, first level assessment of the members of the team;
- The study, execution, coordination and documentation of ICT security related projects;
- The daily verification of system security measures;
- The regular monitoring and analysis of technical logs, including operating system, infrastructure and communications equipment;
- The provision of technical security advice in the form of written and verbal reports to in-house projects, services, products and activities;
- The provision of procedures and policy documents related to ICT security;
- The revision of ICT security documentation including the provision of updates relating to known threats and countermeasures;
- The study and implementation to the ICT Security Infrastructure;
- The management of security equipment;
- Insure the 3rd line support for the Europol users and customers for the incidents and problems related to the ICT Security;
- Investigation of potential security incidents;
- Representation of the IT Security in international meetings.
3.4. General requirements
- be a national of one of the Members States of the European Union (Article 24 of Staff Regulation),
- have a Master of science in IT or other education equivalents academic level,
- have at least 8 years relevant IT security working experience,
- have a sound knowledge of at least two official EU languages, including English.
3.5. Specific skills and competencies required
A sound knowledge of Information Security principles, including but not limited to:
- Risk analysis methodologies and IT Security and InfoSec standards and their organisational integration, project management, perimeter protection, cryptographic processes, security policies and a sound overview about IT Security products and technologies.
- The post-holder will also be expected to be proficient in at least four of the following specific knowledge areas:
- have expertise and knowledge of international standards like ISO/IEC 17799 and regulations like 95/45/EC, risk analysis tools and procedures and incident handling.
- Windows Security including Server and Workstation, setting security permissions, policies.
- PKI including installation, maintenance of PKI Backend and Client components with use of smartcards.
- Encryption Processes and Products – An understanding of cryptographic algorithms in general, including the effect of the key length, management, algorithm design and implementation on a cryptographic product.
- IP, Internet and VPN Security – A knowledge of the TCP/IP suite of protocols, their uses and weaknesses, the use of IPSEC and other protocol enhancements.
- Incident Monitoring and Recording – knowledge of typical attack patterns and profiles including well-known DOS, Compromise and others.
- Firewall installation and monitoring – knowledge of services provided by firewalls, IDS systems and their configuration.
Whilst much of the work is project oriented, the post-holder, as a team member would also be expected to perform routine tasks such as updating security software (i.e. Anti Virus patterns), providing statistics, checking log files and producing comprehensive ICT security documentation.
Personal skills required
- Good organisational skills.
- Ability to lead projects and teams and to manage a small team.
- Good level of motivation for interpersonal contacts.
- High level of initiative, creativity and co-operation.
- Good oral and written communication skills.
- Fluent in at least two official languages of the European Union, including English.
- Good handling of stress and flexible hours at short notice.
- The ability to work in a multi-national environment.
- Flexibility in working hours, as well as willing to work during weekends and nights when needed. Participation to an on call duty rota is required.
- Scale: 5
- The basic salary is EUR 6 491,44
- In addition, when relevant, family allowances can be granted:
- EUR 253,25 per dependant child;
- EUR 825,83 – expatriation allowance;
- Social contributions and taxes have to be deducted from the above-mentioned amounts.