[Vacancy]: Head of Security Operations Needed at Canonical

March 29, 2024

Job Description

About Job

The Security Operations team’s mission is not only to secure Canonical but also to contribute to the security of the wider open source ecosystem. They might share knowledge through public presentations and industry events, and share threat intelligence with the wider community or represent Canonical in sector-specific governance bodies. This role reports to the CISO.


  • Hire and mentor a team of outstanding technical security professionals
  • Define Canonical’s SecOps security standards and playbooks
  • Own and drive the architecture and design of the SOC
  • Analyse and improve Canonical’s security architecture
  • Evaluate, select, and implement new security tools and practices
  • Identify, contain, and guide the remediation of security threats and cyber attacks
  • Grow the presence and thought leadership of Canonical SecOps practice
  • Contribute to open-source threat intelligence initiatives
  • Drive threat modeling, tabletop exercises, and other SecOps practices across Engineering, IS, and Canonical
  • Develop Canonical SecOps learning and development materials
  • Publish blog posts, whitepapers, and conference presentations
  • Identify, implement, and track SecOps KPIs
  • Plan and deliver SecOps work in the framework of Canonical’s agile engineering practice
  • Work with Security leadership to present information and influence change


  • Proven track record of mitigating advanced threat actors and nation-state threats
  • Expert technical understanding of SOCs from the ground up
  • In-depth knowledge of SOC architecture and design including strategies for logging, firewalls, network segmentation, honeypots etc
  • Someone who understands how the SOC works not just how to use it
  • Expert in Linux security
  • Ability to define, implement, automate, and measure effective incident response playbooks
  • Knowledge of security architecture and market-leading security tools
  • Experience contributing to, and consuming, threat intelligence feeds
  • Experience in security risk management frameworks such as NIST CSF
  • An exceptional academic track record from both high school and university
  • Undergraduate degree in Computer Science or STEM, or a compelling narrative about your alternative path
  • Drive and a track record of going above and beyond expectations
  • Deep personal motivation to be at the forefront of technology security
  • Leadership and management ability
  • Excellent business English writing and presentation skills
  • Confidence to report security performance metrics with accountability for accuracy and completeness

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