CSIR - Job Vacancies at Cybersecurity Specialists 2022

 Cybersecurity Specialists

About the job:

The CSIR has two vacancies for Cybersecurity Specialists in the Information and Cyber Security Centre within the Defence and Security Cluster. The incumbents will be responsible to conceptualize, research, design, deploy, operate, monitor and/or maintain cybersecurity solutions and systems for the protection of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) assets including supporting incident response and recovery processes in public and private sector, Pretoria and Johannesburg.

For more info about the impact area and cluster, please visit https://www.csir.co.za/cyber-and-information-security-research-centre and https://www.csir.co.za/defence-and-security respectively.

Key responsibilities:

  • Conduct technical research and development in the information and cyber security domain;
  • Implement and review cybersecurity architecture and processes across multiple cybersecurity domains;
  • Assess, evaluate, update diverse cyber security systems and products across multiple technology environments against vulnerabilities and threats;
  • Perform threat hunting, analytics and intelligence;
  • Support the design, development and/or piloting of emerging cybersecurity technologies;
  • Engage and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to deliver multiple projects and solve multiple information and cyber security challenges (e.g. assess near and long-term network security assessments, vulnerabilities and risks);
  • Prepare, review, and publish reports, cybersecurity advisories and articles in local and international forums;
  • Coach and mentor young cybersecurity specialists;

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science/engineering or related fields with at least three years’ experience in the information and security domain;
  • Experience in the following is essential: 
  • Linux and Windows Operating Systems including Virtual Machines;
  • Data backup management, business continuity and disaster recovery;
  • Technical leadership of information and cyber security projects; 
  • Cybersecurity certifications such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH, Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Network Security+, Firewall Related Certifications, Certified Security Analyst (CSA), Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) will be advantageous;
  • Advanced knowledge of computer security, web security, infrastructure security, database security, wired and wireless network security, and applications security;
  • Knowledge of different cyber security frameworks such as NIST and/or ISO27001;
  • Advanced knowledge and experience of security systems’ administration (i.e. firewalls, virtual private networks,  proxies, intrusion detection and prevention systems and others);
  • Understanding of research and development processes;
  • Good verbal and written communication;
  • Oriented to customer service orientation and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work across diverse information and cyber security domains;
  • Ability to solve challenging and complex technical security problems;
  • Ability to innovate and create new solutions for current cyber security problems;
  • Ability to plan, prioritise & time management;
  • Ability to work independently in a team context;
  • Ability to take ownership of own career and development;
  • Ability to stay current in own field;
  • Ability to work well under pressure, decision-oriented and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to mentor and coach team members;
  • Willingness to acquire new skills.


For more info, please email us at Recruitment03@csir.co.za. Please do-not send your application to this mailbox, it is only for inquiries.

Closing date: 23 November 2021

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