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Cyber Security Careers

Cyber crime is one of today’s greatest threats. You could make a difference.

Why choose a career in cyber security?

Cyber security is not just about technology – it’s about people too. Build a career at the cutting edge of cyber security and create a safer future for yourself and for the world.

There has never been a better time to consider a career in cyber security – discover why. 

  • Soaring demand:

    The UK is in the middle of a cyber security skills shortage, with current demand for skilled cyber security professionals far outstripping supply. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts there will be 3.5 million cyber security job openings by 2021.1
  • Impressive earning potential:

    The average salary for a job in cyber security is £72,5002  – a staggering 165.85% higher than the UK average of £27,271.3
  • Job security:

    The shortage of cyber security talent has rendered the field a jobseekers’ market. Consequently, those in the field are less likely to be replaced or made redundant.

https://cybersecurityventures.com/jobs/ 
https://www.cwjobs.co.uk/salary-checker/average-cyber-security-salary 
https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/bulletins/annualsurveyofhoursandearnings/2014-11-19#tab-Key-points 

Cyber security opportunities

Take your pick from these top cyber security roles and find out more about what they entail 

Audit Manager

Salary - £65,000

Top Skills

Information security audits 
Analytical/critical thinking
Risk management and assurance
Report writing and communications

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CISO (Chief Information Security Officer)

Salary - £100,000

Top Skills

Information security strategy development 
Risk management
Leadership
Business and financial acumen

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DPO (Data Protection Officer)

Salary - £55,000

Top Skills

Strong GDPR knowledge 
Data privacy management    
Risk management
Leadership

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Senior GDPR Consultant

Salary - £65,000

Top Skills

GDPR legal expertise
Data privacy management and security principles 
Risk management
Leadership, communication and facilitation skills

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Your journey starts here. 

Download our free careers guide to discover why there has never been a better time to join such a vibrant, growing industry.

You'll also find out how to achieve some of the best industry-recognised qualifications for launching your careerand 
top tips for building a career in cyber security and data privacy - from leading industry experts themselves. 

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How to get a job in cyber security

  • Gain experience:

    Even though the industry skills gap means organisations are more likely to take on less experienced applicants, experience is vital when it comes to getting ahead of the competition. Internships and entry-level jobs are ideal starting points.
  • Network:

    It’s not just what you know – who you know is just as important. Meeting people and making connections is essential for getting your foot in the door. Networking websites such as LinkedIn can be helpful, but face-to-face meetings are much more effective – so get involved in meetups and attend as many conferences as you can.
  • Get qualified: 

    If you’re interested in a career in cyber security, you’ll need to demonstrate your knowledge by way of professional cyber security qualifications.

What are the best qualifications for a career in cyber security?

The qualifications you need will depend on the career path you choose, but the CISMP – Certificate in Information Security Management Principles Training Course is a good place to start. 

This Foundation-level qualification provides an ideal basis upon which more technical or advanced qualifications, such as CISM® and CISSP®, can be built as your career progresses.

CISMP

Certifying to this globally recognised certification for IS audit control, assurance and security professionals will showcase your audit experience, skills and knowledge, and demonstrate that you are able to assess vulnerabilities, report on compliance and implement controls within any enterprise. 

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CISA®

CISMP is an established and internationally recognised Foundation-level qualification that demonstrates a good knowledge of information security management.

Kick-start your career in cyber security management. Understand the principles of information security and achieve an industry-recognised qualification in just one week.

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CISM

Held by more than 28,000 IT professionals worldwide, the ISACA® CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) qualification is the globally accepted standard of achievement among information security, information systems audit and IT governance professionals.

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CISSP

The (ISC)² CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification is the must-have qualification for developing a senior career in information security, audit and IT governance management.

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CRISC™

Awarded by ISACA, the CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) qualification is awarded to IT professionals who identify and manage risks through the development, implementation and maintenance of information systems controls.

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CGEIT®

A worldwide symbol of excellence in IT governance, achieving CGEIT status will give you wider recognition in the employment marketplace.

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Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Training Course

Launched in 2003 by the EC-Council, the CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) qualification is globally recognised as the vendor-neutral credential of choice for developing a senior career as an ethical hacker or penetration tester.

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ISO 27001 Certified ISMS Lead Auditor Training Course

Build your career as a lead auditor, lead a team of auditors and gain the skills to achieve compliance with ISO 27001.

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ISO 27001 Certified ISMS Lead Implementer

This certificated, practitioner-led course equips you with the skills to lead an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS (information security management system) implementation project.

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ISO 27005 Certified ISMS Risk Management

Learn how to conduct an ISO 27001-compliant risk assessment from start to finish in just three days through practical risk management methodologies as promoted by ISO 27005.

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