Security Analyst

  • Prodigy Finance
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Oct 08, 2017
Full time Security

Job Description

Prodigy Finance is a platform that enables financing for international postgraduate students at the world’s best universities, whilst delivering competitive financial and social returns to alumni, institutional and private investors.

This borderless and innovative model enables education loan financing to students from across the globe, whilst using predicted post-degree affordability rather than present-day salary. Since 2007, Prodigy Finance has processed over US$325 million through the platform to fund over 7000 students from 118 countries.

Our team of 115 (and growing) is already truly global. Our head office is in London with much of the team being based in beautiful Cape Town. We also have an office in New York plus team members based across Europe and Asia.

We are funded by some of the best, pre-eminent institutions in the world including Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, AlphaCode, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.

Why this is an amazing opportunity

This role is perfect for an experienced security analyst who wants to drive information & system security in a fast growing company. You'll gain international exposure through working with our international security partners as well as providing information security for our offices in London and New York.

One of our goals is to build one of the top Fintech technology teams and cultures anywhere in the world. This means putting a lot of time into ensuring that we only hire people with exceptional potential whilst creating the best working environment possible. If you want to work somewhere where you're with some of the best engineers around this role would be a good fit.

Why join Prodigy Finance

  • Be a part of a pioneering global growth company
  • Experience the excitement and learn from being part of an incredibly fast-growing young company. No kidding - exponential growth. Happening right now
  • Be pivotal in scaling the business by identifying smart solutions and partners with tech at the heart of it
  • Enjoy the agility and flexibility offered by a startup culture. A sociable, relaxed and friendly work environment (with a serious coffee culture where you can wear shorts to work)
  • We will help you make your mark. Make a real impact on the business and experience a steep learning curve with huge opportunities to grow and develop
  • Gain an inside perspective on the functioning of a venture-backed Fintech startup, backed by top VCs, learn day-to-day management and build functional expertise
  • Build a platform that helps to make a very real difference in the world

What you will do in the role                                           

As our Security Analyst, you will perform vulnerability testing, risk analyses and security assessments. You will conduct internal and external security audits and establish plans to protect from data leaks and unauthorised access of digital files. You will drive a culture of data security and awareness in the entire company through staff training and brownbag sessions. You will set up and run a bounty programme. You will monitor and analyse security logs to identify any anomalies within the company's network, systems and applications. You will drive the selection, installation and adoption of automated tools that monitor and ensure the compliance of information security policies and requirements.

What you need to be great at

  • Technical competence; love information security & finding vulnerabilities
  • Excellent critical judgement; able to make good decisions, be trusted, respected and dependable, be proactive and responsive, ask the right questions, raise flags at the right time, able to prioritise and plan workloads for the team
  • Mindfulness; be considerate of the implications of your work, really care about what you are doing and the impact of your contribution
  • Coaching and mentoring; teaching concepts, listening and adapting, empathy and a motivation to understand what makes others tick
  • Team leading and team spirit; we are all contributing to the same platform, so be a great individual contributor but be more motivated by the leading the team to achieve - we only win if the team wins - see the impact of your own work and positively influence and help the work of others
  • Getting up the front of the bus; get stuck in, execute, generate ideas, have an impact, don’t just sit back and be a passenger

Who we are looking for; track record must haves

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent in Computer Science or Information Security
  • 3+ years of professional experience as a Security Analyst
  • Extensive network, system and application security experience
  • Strong knowledge and experience with SIEM, Vulnerability Scanning, hands-on Penetration Testing and Incident Response
  • Strong knowledge of OWASP Top 10 and secure coding practices

Experience that would be nice to have (but we’ll trade off if everything else fits)

  • Relevant information security certifications (i.e. CISSP, CISM)
  • Strong knowledge of regulatory compliance requirements

The Prodigy fit; attributes which run true in everyone at Team Prodigy

To be an A player at Prodigy Finance, you need to possess – in spades - the following attributes:

Innovative + Smart

Be curious enough to want to know more, think out the box, maybe even break the box, show initiative and be smart about it to find implementable, impactful solutions.

International + Accountable

Push yourself to be better every day. Work with others across the world, be resilient, add value and then hold yourself accountable. Encourage and celebrate each other.

Energetic + Fun

Sense of humour = survival. Bring energy and fun. Wear your heart on your sleeve. Work hard and find the time to play. We’re in this together.

Do you want to be our next Security Analyst? Here’s what to do now:

If this sounds exciting and you'd like to have a chat, get in touch below and tell us why you want to work at Prodigy Finance.