Systems and Security Specialist

Posted on 14-Mar-2018
Application Close Date: 25-Mar-2018
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Position Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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  • Are you interested in administering and supporting systems in a high security environment?
  • Do you want to establish, develop and maintain systems to support the future of New Zealand's cyber security?
  • Are you interested in improving systems through automation to help us become a world-leading CERT?
  • Permanent opportunity, Wellington office


We look for people who are passionate about New Zealand and enthusiastic about making a positive change to our economy, our businesses and our people.

CERT NZ is New Zealand's national CERT and sits at the centre of our cyber security response. CERT NZ is part of an international network of more than 85 other national CERTs playing our part in a global effort to improve internet security.

CERT NZ works to support businesses, organisations and individuals who are affected (or may be affected) by cyber security incidents. We provide trusted and authoritative information and advice, while also collating a profile of the threat landscape in New Zealand.  We  work closely with the international cyber security community to prevent and respond to cybersecurity incidents.

CERT NZ is currently seeking a Systems & Security Specialist. To make a difference to New Zealand we need great systems to support the services we provide. We're a small, high performing team and we need someone who has proven experience in computer systems defence and operations in a high security environment. 

The Systems & Security Specialist is responsible for the developing, designing, configuring the software and systems of CERT NZ. The Systems & Security Specialist is the functional owner of the CERT systems and ensures that the performance and security of computers and networks meets user requirements and agreed standards.

We're looking for someone with a sound understanding of threats and the threat landscape, while understanding security controls and how to mitigate any threats. The Systems & Security Specialist is the owner of the technical roadmap for CERT NZ and will be able to procure the systems required to operate CERT NZ, including liaising with other international CERTs.

This is a challenging and rewarding role. It's an opportunity to make a real difference to the cyber security landscape of New Zealand. 


To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Demonstrated strong functional knowledge of Linux administration, Python scripting, and automation systems.
  • Strong interest of cyber threats and the threat landscape.
  • Existing government security clearance or the ability to gain and maintain such a clearance (Please see this link to the public NZSIS information for further information about the vetting process for national security clearances:
  • Must have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand


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Applications close 5.00pm 25 March 2018