Cyber Security Jobs

Cyber security jobs are in high-demand as data breaches grab headlines and the country suffers a skill shortage. Do you have the interests, skills and experience necessary to break into and excel in this industry?

Cyber Security Job Titles

There are hundreds of job titles that fall under the ‘Cyber Security’ umbrella. While this isn’t an exhaustive list, some examples of job titles include:

  • Information Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • Information Security Consultant
  • Cyber Intelligence Analyst
  • Security Software Developer
  • Cryptanalyst
  • Security Software Developer
  • Information Security Administrator

Depending on your role, the field will require:

  • Research into emerging cyber security threats
  • Analysis of threat patterns and vulnerabilities
  • Reporting to both technical and non-technical staff and stakeholders
  • The creation and implementation of security measures

Cyber Security Career Path

There is no linear path for success in cyber security. But, all successful cyber security candidates will start with a passion for cyber security and information technology. From there, you could get a degree or certification in a relevant and specialised field. You can also transition from an IT role.

Some examples of IT jobs that lend themselves to a transition into cyber security include:

  • Systems Administrator
  • Web Administrator
  • Web Developer
  • IT Technician
  • Computer Software Engineer

Once you land your first cyber security job, you should focus on becoming highly specialised in one area. This will make you a more attractive candidate for higher level, specialised roles.

How Much Does A Role in Cyber Security Pay?

Compared to the national average, cyber security professionals earn an above average salary. But, like most careers, your salary depends on your experience and whether the position is permanent or contract-based.

  • As a trainee or entry level cyber security analyst, you can expect between £20,000 and £35,000
  • With 3-5 years of experience, your salary should increase to £35,000-£60,000
  • For managerial or consultant roles, you can expect from £70,000 to £150,000+

Please bear in mind that these figures are only estimates and many positions will come with a comprehensive benefits package. Please review our job board for current vacancies and their salaries.

What Certifications Do I Need?

While you can start a career in cyber security using an entry-level IT position as a gateway, some employers may require a relevant degree or certification.

Some examples of relevant degree subjects include:

  • Computer Science
  • Computer/Software/Network Engineering
  • Computer Programming
  • Information Science

For those with a Bachelor’s degree looking for a higher level position, there are also MSc courses and degrees in Cyber Security.

There are also a number of industry-recognised certifications you can obtain instead of, or in addition to, your degree. Some of the most relevant certifications include:

  • Security+
  • GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor

Current Vacancies

Acumin has been an international cyber security recruitment specialist for almost 20 years. Our recruitment services span permanent and contract recruitment and executive search across both the private and public sectors.

Please review our job board for current vacancies.

Our goal is to always find our clients and our candidates a perfect match.

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