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beagerr
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Hi guys,

I'm currently a cyber security student (going into second year) and was recently arrested for suspicion of GBH.

Now, I'm not entirely sure how the case is going to go, and I won't go into too much detail as it's currently an ongoing investigation.

I'm not saying I committed the crime, but with every arrest there's the possibility of being charged and convicted, which is what worries me.

I'm headed into a specialist area of IT which requires DBS or DB checks 90%+ of the time, and I'm worried that if this case does not go in my favour, that I won't be able to get a job in the field I'm studying.

Can anyone clear this up? Does anyone work in cyber security here, and is a criminal record a big deal?
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(Original post by beagerr)
Hi guys,

I'm currently a cyber security student (going into second year) and was recently arrested for suspicion of GBH.

Now, I'm not entirely sure how the case is going to go, and I won't go into too much detail as it's currently an ongoing investigation.

I'm not saying I committed the crime, but with every arrest there's the possibility of being charged and convicted, which is what worries me.

I'm headed into a specialist area of IT which requires DBS or DB checks 90%+ of the time, and I'm worried that if this case does not go in my favour, that I won't be able to get a job in the field I'm studying.

Can anyone clear this up? Does anyone work in cyber security here, and is a criminal record a big deal?
To be brutally honest, your chances are slim. The bottom rung of CyberSec require SC clearance which is similar to a DBS, and anything higher than required Developed Vetting (DV) clearance - there are countries you can never have visited, and can never visit, your friends and family will be interviewed, you will undergo drug testing, your entire family history will be researched. Suspicion of violent crime will make this very difficult to achieve.
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To be brutally honest, your chances are slim. The bottom rung of CyberSec require SC clearance which is similar to a DBS, and anything higher than required Developed Vetting (DV) clearance - there are countries you can never have visited, and can never visit, your friends and family will be interviewed, you will undergo drug testing, your entire family history will be researched. Suspicion of violent crime will make this very difficult to achieve.
Thanks for the reply.

Do crimes still show up on record on the DV check once they are spent? Friends and family will only be interviewed for positions within the Government as far as I'm aware, too? I'm not really looking to work for the Government
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Thanks for the reply.

Do crimes still show up on record on the DV check once they are spent? Friends and family will only be interviewed for positions within the Government as far as I'm aware, too? I'm not really looking to work for the Government
DV clearance is required for anything which concerns the security of information whose integrity affects national security, which is, unfortunately for you, a very broad definition, and yes, nothing is invisible from the DV checks. They take up to 3 months to perform and leave absolutely nothing out. For your sake, I hope you are not found guilty. If you are not, you might be able to explain this to the interviewers; if you are, don't bother.
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DV clearance is required for anything which concerns the security of information whose integrity affects national security, which is, unfortunately for you, a very broad definition, and yes, nothing is invisible from the DV checks. They take up to 3 months to perform and leave absolutely nothing out. For your sake, I hope you are not found guilty. If you are not, you might be able to explain this to the interviewers; if you are, don't bother.
Thanks for the reply. That is a shame :-(
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