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Cyber and Information Resilience Graduate Programme

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About us

At the FCA, we’re creating a fair and more resilient financial system. We’re establishing more transparent relationships between financial services and their customers, building trust in financial markets and protecting vulnerable customers.

Our ambition is to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the society we serve, helping us to be a better regulator. We’re looking for individuals from all backgrounds who subscribe to our values and want to make a difference.

If our Cyber and Information Resilience Graduate Programme sounds right for you, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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About the programme

Cyber security is one of the biggest threats to commerce and society alike. Companies everywhere are experiencing a growing threat of cyber-attacks from nation states, organised crime groups, malicious insiders and activists, with the level of sophistication of attack accelerating year on year. The FCA is not immune to this risk and, as a key member of the UK’s financial services sector, we could become a target of interest for those intent on undermining confidence in the UK financial sector.

Information is powerful. When it falls into the wrong hands, the cost can be high. That’s where our cyber specialist teams come in. Not only do they do the important job of protecting our business from cyber risk, they also look outside at the cyber resilience of the UK’s financial sector.

On the Cyber and Information Resilience Graduate Programme, you’ll join either our Cyber and Information Resilience Function (C&IR) or our Cyber Supervision Function.

Cyber and Information Resilience has an important job to do. Not only does the function protect our business from cyber risk, it also prevents cyber criminals from undermining confidence in the UK’s financial sector. C&IR is made up of six departments whose objectives are to ensure that information is; readily available to those with legitimate need, is protected from those that don’t have a legitimate need and is used appropriately, can be trusted and has demonstrable integrity. As a graduate who joins C&IR you could be involved with assuring services to ensure systems, suppliers and business processes are meeting our policies; the FCA’s risk tolerance, and adhering to our regulatory obligations through to providing intelligence on our adversaries, and detecting and investigating any attacks, intrusions or breaches.

Our Cyber Supervision function is made up of several teams whose objectives are to ensure that the firms we regulate are threat aware, able to defend themselves effectively, and can respond proportionately to cyber events. As a graduate in Cyber Supervision, you’ll work with firms and with other authorities to build awareness and cyber resilience capability across the financial sector.

Whether you’re learning more about the new legislation such as GDPR, working on threat intelligence about the FCA, or understanding how firms defend themselves, you’ll learn technical skills that make you an expert in minimising risk.

The graduate programme will also provide you with the opportunity to learn from experts on-the-job, and through coaching and mentoring. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for you to make a difference, and you’ll gain exposure to real-world cyber situations and receive the support you need to deal with them from the start. At the end of the graduate programme you could secure a role as a Specialist Supervisor in Cyber Supervision or a Counter-Threat Associate or Associate in Assurance in Cyber and Information Resilience.

What we look for

The most important thing is to demonstrate a keen interest in cyber and information security. Whilst a cyber related degree is advantageous, it’s not essential. You’ll be working in a dynamic environment on complex issues so you’ll need to be:

  • Excellent at analysing information
  • Highly motivated
  • A great communicator, able to translate technical information
  • Eager to learn.

Interested? If so, we’d like to hear from you.

Learning and development

After our induction, you’ll be benefit from working on a variety of projects, allowing you to put your skills into practice. Over the course of the graduate programme you’ll build your foundational knowledge of cyber, helping you develop towards industry recognised certifications and qualifications in the future.

What we offer

At the FCA you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference. We offer all our graduates a competitive range of benefits, including:

  • a base salary of £34,000
  • a performance based bonus
  • a non-contributory pension
  • a minimum of 25 days’ holiday
  • private health care
  • free eye tests
  • interest-free season ticket loans
  • career and family leave
  • flexible working options
  • charity and volunteering initiatives
  • sports and social clubs
  • a subsidised on-site fitness centre
  • a subsidised restaurant

We’re proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 employer and we were recently awarded “Employer of the Year” at the Women in Finance awards. We’re also signatories of the #NoBystanders pledge and Disability Confident scheme, which guarantees disabled people an interview if they meet the minimum requirements for a job vacancy.

We value the views of our people and listening to them is central to our success. This is why our staff network groups play such a significant role. They shape the environment we work in, the way we interact with one another and the way that we make our decisions.

We want our people to be engaged and productive while at work, so we’re committed to creating an environment that enables you to do your best work while maintaining your other commitments. To support this, we offer flexible working arrangements, the opportunity to work from home, a number of career and family leave provisions, and generous annual leave so you can take time off when you need or want to.


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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £34,000 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • London
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Analytics
  • Cyber Security
  • Information Technology
  • Maths

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