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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 £20,000 to £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

Although most entrants have a degree in cyber security or related discipline, it is possible to enter this profession at entry level or apprenticeship and work your way up.

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
2019
9690
1.2 %
RISE
2024
9811
  United Kingdom
2019
187979
3.4 %
RISE
2024
194434

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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. 

TechFuture careers is also a good educational resource for IT careers.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Tel: 01793 417417
Website: http://www.bcs.org
Twitter: @bcs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IT.BCS/

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