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IT Security Co-ordinator or Specialist

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IT security co-ordinators or specialists deal with protecting clients’ computer systems and information from security risks. They identify problems and develop plans to protect information from threats such as unauthorised access, data theft or file damage and data loss.

The Work

You would deal with a wide range of threats to electronic data including hacking, scammers, viruses, spyware, deliberate information overload, and corruption of data. 

You could be: 

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on: 

Starting salaries are around £25,000 a year. This would rise to between £33,000 and £60,000 a year experience. 

Your salary can vary if you work as a consultant or are freelance. 

Conditions

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Getting In

Job prospects are good as more organisations rely on the internet and IT services to run their businesses. In particular, organisations normally most at risk from internet threats and attacks are financial organisations, such as banks, local and central government and military organisations. 

Some large organisations, such as BT, Network Rail and energy companies, offer apprenticeships and school leaver programmes in cyber security.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
10463
3.7 %
RISE
2023
10854
  United Kingdom
2018
180082
3.7 %
RISE
2023
186744

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What Does it Take?

You need to have: 

You need to be able to: 

Training

Getting On

More Information

The term cyber security covers the security of the internet, telecommunications networks and computer systems. It is a fast developing area, with the UK cyber workforce having grown by 160% in 5 years (2016). 

As more organisations realise the importance of data protection due to their business relying on the internet and IT systems, the prospects for security professionals has never been better. According to the Tech Partnership, of all IT security jobs, the most commonly advertised in the UK is Security analyst, at 19%.

You should check out The Cyber Security Challenge website, a government and industry initiative encouraging involvement in the industry through competitions, and providing information on how to start a career in this ever evolving and growing area. 

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Tel: 01793 417424
Website: http://www.bcs.org
Twitter: @bcs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IT.BCS/

Tech Partnership
E-mail: info@thetechpartnership.com
Website: https://www.thetechpartnership.com/
Website (2): https://www.thetechpartnership.com/tech-future-careers/
Twitter: @TechPartnership
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/techpartnership/

The Tech Partnership took over the work of e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for information technology, telecommunications and contact centres.

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