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Technology at MI5

MI5 is often overlooked as an organisation that invests in technology. The reality is that we have pioneering corporate and operational technology sections which offer careers in technology that are very different from any other organisation.

Technology is rapidly evolving and it's vital for MI5 to stay one step ahead. This is why we need individuals with the brightest technical minds who can come up with innovative solutions to a wide range of technological challenges. So whether you are an experienced Enterprise Architect horizon scanning future technologies to enable MI5 to run investigations, or a graduate starting out on your career on our Technology Graduate Development Programme, your work makes a direct impact on how effectively MI5 can protect the UK's national security.

Senior Programme Manager

As a senior programme manager, you will take charge of large-scale programmes that are crucial to front line staff. Unique and often innovative, most programmes involve business change and substantial technological delivery. You will be the driving force behind your programme’s success, setting direction and inspiring your team to perform.

Operational Network Engineer

The Operational Network team is responsible for the rollout and maintenance of MI5’s operations networks throughout the UK. This team takes the lead in deploying a wide range of advanced MI5 technical capability to enable intelligence collection in fast-paced and high profile investigations.

Operational Infrastructure Engineer

The Operational Infrastructure team is responsible for maintaining the IT infrastructure that supports several high availability systems. These systems handle large amounts of real-time data to support our investigations. The focus is on maintaining and improving systems, their performance, patching and upgrade paths, and systems security and integrity, whilst also ensuring value for money from our third party support agreements.

Covert Technical Operations Specialists

Our Covert Technical Operations Specialists take the lead in deploying a wide range of advanced MI5 technical capability to enable intelligence collection in fast paced and high profile investigations. They play a key role in progressing investigations helping to develop methods that allow us access to the computers and devices used by terrorist groups that pose a serious threat to national security.

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Cyber Technical Analysts

Our Cyber Technical Analysts provide specialist technical analysis to help progress our investigations against hostile actors conducting cyber espionage against the UK. They utilise network and host-based forensics skills, protocol analysis, reverse engineering and bespoke tools to understand the threat posed by malicious groups. They also develop new and innovative tools for MI5 to continue to advance its analytical capabilities.

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Business Analysis

Our Business Analysts can expect to work concurrently on multiple small projects, or in support of large, complex transformational programmes. Those at a senior level will influence and shape solutions with high profile stakeholders across MI5, leading on strategic visions, and managing teams of Business Analysts to deliver successful outcomes.


Our Enterprise Architects develop technology strategy and translate this into defined architectural models, influencing and persuading people at the highest levels. Our Application Architects understand our diverse application environment, providing designs and roadmaps to build and evolve systems that will increase value to end users. Infrastructure Architects ensure our infrastructure is aligned to MI5, developing strategies, standards and policies, and driving technological convergence.

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IT Service Support

At MI5 our IT Service Support department encompasses many areas, such as the Service Desk, Incident and Problem Management, Operational Response, the Communications Centre and estate wide MI5 Monitoring. Whether you are experienced in IT Service Support and looking for new opportunities, or at the start of a new IT career path with a passion for technology, our aim is to nurture the development of powerful IT careers that will play a part in keeping the country safe.

Software Engineering

MI5 is regularly searching for Software Engineers with a range of experience levels in order to build, maintain and enhance our wide variety of in-house software applications. Our engineers work on a unique variety of projects through which they are able to have a direct and rewarding impact on the success of MI5. The environment here is fast paced, you will work closely with end users and deal with some of the most advanced technology around.

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Project and Programme Management

Our IT Project and Programme Managers are responsible for bespoke solutions that contribute significantly to the success of MI5. We look for forward thinking individuals to work within our Infrastructure and Application Delivery areas. These are vital and challenging roles where, depending on your experience level, you will manage small to large sized projects to successfully lead business critical initiatives and achieve positive outcomes

IT Service Management and Operations

Our large IT Service Management and Operations department offers a wide range of opportunities. To name just a few we often have opportunities arising within Incident, Problem and Change Management, Data Centre Services, Service Delivery and Service Transition. We also regularly look for skilled people managers who can provide direction and support for our busy, hands-on technical teams.

My department is all about exploring and being experimental with technology, we get to play with the latest tech

Technology Graduate Development Programme

Our Technology Graduate Development Programme (TGDP) is a structured programme that offers an exciting opportunity to work in a unique and stimulating environment, where technology plays a crucial and increasingly frontline role.  This structured two year programme will give you the experience, knowledge and skills you need to become an effective technology professional in our pioneering IT department.

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A career at MI5 is like no other.  Not only is it rewarding and unique but the variety here is like no-where else.  It is this variety that means most people stay at MI5 as they are able to fulfil all their career ambitions here without ever having to leave.  We are also committed to rewarding the people who work for us and demonstrating our appreciation for their vital contribution by offering an excellent range of benefits.  And due to the nature of our work it means you can’t take it home with you, so when you leave the office you really do leave your work behind you, providing you with an excellent work-life balance. Whatever role you perform, you will be directly contributing to keeping the country safe.


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