Cyber Risk Assurance Specialist, Group Risk Assurance, Dublin

Date: 3 Jul 2024

Location: Dublin, IE, IE

Company: Allied Irish Bank

Role Title: Cyber Risk Assurance Specialist, Group Risk Assurance, Level 2, Dublin
Location: AIB Group, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 (Hybrid Working Model)

This role is being offered on a permanent basis.


Are you comfortable in completing Assurance/Audit reviews from beginning to end?

Are you comfortable with identifying issues and communicating these as required internally and externally to stakeholders? 

Are you organised, proactive, pragmatic and keen to be a part of a wider Assurance team?


Summary of role:

Group Risk Assurance (GRA) is a vibrant team, playing an important role in informing senior management and the Board on our risk management and the adequacy and effectiveness of the control environment.  Our Assurance team is led by the Head of Group Risk Assurance within Risk and reports to the Head of Second Line Assurance, Chief Risk Officer, Group Risk Committee and Board Risk Committee.


GRA are experts in different specialist areas – including Cyber, Data, Financial Crime, Data Protection, Digital Technology,  Resilience, Consumer Protection, Finance, Regulation & more – accessing senior stakeholders within the organisation and plenty of opportunities to obtain great exposure and experience across all areas of the Bank. We are now looking for a Cyber Assurance Specialist to join the team, who will be responsible for evaluating and improving the effectiveness of our cyber and information security measures and IT controls.  


We are looking for someone can:

Partake in Group Risk Assurance reviews from beginning to end, including:

  • Assist the review lead in defining a review scope, test strategy, and execute testing to assess cyber risks and identify vulnerabilities.
  • Interact professionally and efficiently with IT, cybersecurity and business teams and other key stakeholders.
  • Complete comprehensive testing to allow for the identification of Issues, and provide recommendations to improve cybersecurity measures, IT controls and overall governance.
  • Assist the Lead reviewer in Preparing and agreeing detailed final review reports for senior management.
  • Contribute to committee and board reports to ensure senior management are up to date and aware of key cyber risk and control issues.


You will assist the team to deliver comprehensive proactive, independent second line assurance reports for the Bank and associated subsidiaries. You will support the delivery and management of risk-based cyber assurance reviews that effectively challenges and influences management/business leaders through the agreement and reporting of assurance findings which drive improvements in the cyber control environment to support risk management practices and protect our digital assets.


Who are we?

We’re AIB. A strong Irish bank packed with purpose - to back our customers to achieve their dreams and ambitions. That goes for our employees too. We’re made of small teams where you have the chance to shine.


Why join us?

We are excited about how we have changed our focus. We want to be at the heart of our customers’ financial lives by giving them an exceptional experience. We are building a culture that breaks the conventions of what our customer and employees expect of a bank.


AIB Brand Values

It is a given that the role holder will be a strong role model of the AIB Values: Be One Team | Own the Outcome | Drive Progress | Show Respect | Eliminate Complexity

Minimum Criteria: Please note that the following criteria form the basis of your answers on the application form.

  1. Minimum of 2 years’ experience in Cyber or Information Security Risk Management, Technology, Assurance or Audit in a Banking environment and associated risks, clear understanding and knowledge of control and risk management methodologies and financial services industry products and regulations.
  2. Understanding and knowledge of technology, cyber security risk assessment and controls management including an understanding of industry frameworks such as NIST, COBIT, ISF, and ISO27001.
  3. Have experience in at least one of the following: Cyber, Information Security or Technology management.
  4. For this role, there is a preference for professionally qualified candidates (ideally CISA / CISM / CRISC) or candidates undergoing or willing to take these exams.
  5. Has a lot of initiative, excellent attention to detail and ability to work to deadlines and remain calm under pressure.


As part of the selection process, the successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate the AIB Behaviours and ability in the Behavioural and Technical Capabilities reflected below

Please note that the capabilities will only be asked at interview stage.

 Behavioural Capabilities:

  1. Ensures Accountability - Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments.
  2. Collaborates - Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.


Technical Capabilities:

  1. Risk Analysis - Links risk initiatives into critical business drivers, determining the costs and impacts of the risks.
  2. Negotiation and Influence - Engages in discussion to reach an agreement and create outcomes, affecting the action, behaviours, or opinions of others
  3. Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements - Maintains and demonstrates up to-date knowledge of industry regulatory requirements and ensures its implementation and monitoring where required.
  4. Auditing Principles and Tools – Understands and applies auditing principles and tools to safeguard assets and evaluate an organisation’s internal control environment



Please note: The Minimum Education requirements for entry to AIB is 5 passes in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent), to include a pass in English and Maths. These must be achieved at either Ordinary or Honours Level. Confirmation of this will be sought if successful for the role.


If you feel you have what it takes, Click Apply and fill in the online application form. If you would like more information Nicholas McKenna from the Talent Acquisition Team can help. You can contact via email at


By when?  Closing date is 19th July



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