Cyber Security Analyst

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Cyber security analysts 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: 


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

Starting salaries are around £20,000 to £26,000 a year. This would rise to between £33,000 and £60,000 a year experience. Those in a senior position could earn up to £70,000 a year.

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


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Getting In

Although most entrants have a degree (SCQF Levels 9-11) 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


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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

2.5 %
  United Kingdom
3.9 %

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What Does it Take?

You need to have: 

You need to be able to: 


Getting On

More Information

The term cyber security covers the security of the internet, telecommunications networks and computer systems.  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. 

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. 

For more information please the organisation listed below:


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Career Area

Computing and ICT