Top tips for starting a career in cyber security

Since the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into force in May 2018, data protection, privacy and information security have become a top priority for all organisations.

Every organisation that processes EU residents’ personal data must comply with the Regulation, or risk hefty administrative fines, and legal action from aggrieved data subjects.

Organisations are taking stronger measures to protect the information they process, which has increased demand for cyber security professionals. And with an average salary of £72,500, it’s an industry that’s well worth starting a career in.

Tips for starting a career in cyber security 

Gain experience

It’s crucial to get as much experience as you can, because it will give you the initial knowledge needed when applying for an entry-level job. The more experience you get, the stronger a candidate you’ll be.

Keep up to date

Subscribing to industry-specific publications and keeping up to date with security news and developments can help you comment intelligently on industry affairs and could set you apart from the competition. The cyber security landscape is constantly changing, so keeping abreast of these trends can give you real insight and knowledge that will help you when you do land your first role.


Tap into a cyber security community or network to help you improve your prospects. LinkedIn can be a great platform to connect with cyber security professionals, as well as keep up to date with industry news.


Attending relevant training courses will give you the vital skills and experience needed to fulfil a cyber security role. These qualifications can give you a competitive edge, as well as showing potential employers that you have a genuine interest in the industry.

Start your cyber security journey

Cyber security is a dynamic environment, with a range of different career paths.

To give you insight into where your career can go and what qualifications and experience you’ll need, take a look at our career in cyber security and data privacy page.

We’ve also created a free guide to give you a deeper look at the industry and the requirements of common cyber security roles.

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