Rise in UK cyber security jobs and six-digit salaries

laptop-820274_1280Research carried out by professional services consultant Procorre has revealed that cyber security jobs make up 14% of all new UK-based IT roles. Of 10,210 IT roles in the UK, 1,420 are in cyber security. Increased investment in cyber security following the rise in high-profile data breaches is arguably the main reason for this trend.

Moreover, demand for cyber security experts has driven up salaries. 15% of cyber security professionals are paid at least £100,000 per annum, according to Procorre’s research.

The growing demand for cyber security experts matched by rising salaries is hardly a surprise given the frequency and severity of data breaches coupled with the shortage of cyber security skills. Businesses seem to be coming to terms with the reality that they need to improve their cyber defences in order to prevent or recover from cyber attacks and protect their sensitive information.

Cyber security skills

Information security management skills are as important as technical skills. Businesses should be employing the right mixture of skills to achieve a balance between managing processes, people and technology.

Information security management systems such as ISO 27001 have been widely adopted, and professionals with ISO 27001 Lead Implementer and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor qualifications will continue to be sought after.

Individuals in senior positions are likely to need CISM, CISA and CISSP qualifications to improve their career prospects and earn better salaries.

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