Security - Home Office Careers

By understanding and managing risks, the Home Office Security team enable the department to protect citizens and provide vital public services.

Our team comprises internal protective security for the Home Office estate, its assets and people, as well as a range of security shared services to government departments. Cyber security, as part of Digital Data & Technology (DDAT), is also a crucial part of the Home Office security provision.

Home Office Security’s clustered and shared services provide personnel and physical security services to a number of government departments, agencies and arm’s length bodies to help them manage a range of threats and vulnerabilities.

As well as supporting the Home Office vision, the shared services team work closely with the Government Security Group to ensure services meet agreed standards. They also work collaboratively with technical authorities and government security centres.

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What you could be doing

A role in Home Office Security is varied. Here are some examples of what you could be involved in:

  • Physical (protective) security for Home Office staff, assets and estate including roles as security officers, access control staff and physical security advisors
  • Business continuity, establishing critical activities for the organisation and developing plans to continue them if faced with disruption
  • Developing dynamic and innovative security policies, procedures, managing security and data incidents and providing security education and awareness focus that supports security culture improvement to the department. 
  • Working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to ensure Home Office Security coordinates and provides timely security assurance & risk advice.
  • Delivery of personnel security services to sixteen government organisations including the processing and assessment of security clearance applications; investigations into potential breaches of personnel security policies and providing case specific advice and guidance to security teams and line managers.
  • Investigation of allegations of fraud and corruption and all serious misconduct complaints as part of the Professional Standards Unit and Anti-Corruption Complaints Investigation Unit 
  • Cross-government investigation to deal with the most serious, complex disciplinary and grievance (HR) cases across Whitehall as part of the Civil Service Investigation Service 
  • People (personnel outside of vetting and personal safety) and physical security advice and services to help departments raise standards
  • Cyber security for the Home Office as part of Digital, Data and Technology 
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The benefits of working in a Security role at the Home Office

Security is the newest profession in government. This is an exciting time to join the 11,000 security professionals across government and have the opportunity to champion and be part of shaping the security profession. For more information see the Government Security Profession career framework on GOV.UK

There are also many opportunities for development including apprenticeships, mentoring, secondments, membership of the Security Institute and CPNI training. Plus, the potential to gain professional accreditation, recognition and formal qualifications.

Interested in making a difference? View our Security vacancies and apply