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Working in cyber security

Learn more about jobs and careers in cyber security

If you have a flair for problem solving, are an effective communicator or technology is your passion, you may find that one of the many different jobs in cyber security is right for you. It is an exciting career in an expanding job market and the pace of development is rapid so you need to be prepared to learn fast and be flexible. Ready to find out more about the types of jobs that are emerging; trends, learning opportunities; the answers to questions we have been asked and the organisations available to support you along the way? These areas of the website will give you helpful links, content and suggestions to help you decide your next steps.

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If you want to know what each day will bring then DO NOT work in Cyber Security

Just think about the dependence that our society has on networks. We rely on telecommunications running smoothly for the delivery of the basic necessities in life like power and electricity, not to mention financial systems.

We need to be able to store our intellectual property on computers without fear of it being stolen or corrupted. The UK needs more and better cyber security specialists if we are to protect our society against the ongoing attacks on Government and corporate systems from criminals, foreign states, unscrupulous organisations and people intent on stealing secrets from others then we need people who not only have technical skills but are also quick learners, flexible, dynamic and excellent communicators.

There has been a step change and cyber security now offers a range of varied, challenging and exciting jobs.

  • Do you want an important job where you will be constantly challenged?
  • Would you like to make a difference and help prevent cyber crimes or track down the perpetrators?
  • Do you want to work in an area where there is a current skills shortage and the number of jobs is predicted to grow in the next 5 years?

Our survey showed that there are already difficulties in recruiting to cyber security jobs and that this is likely to get worse as professionals anticipate new jobs being created in the next 5 years. Find out more here.

There are lots of different jobs to choose from, some are highly technical, others will require all your charm and powers of persuasion, most need both technical and interpersonal skills.

In a lot of organisations you will be working with only a very small team of people with cyber security knowledge, but you will be relied on by many others to be the expert. In some specialist organisations you could work with hundreds of other highly skilled professionals firing ideas and new knowledge.

You could be a specialist in a narrow area or more of a generalist. Increasingly security is being managed holistically which means factoring in the people and physical issues too. If your server rooms are not secure most of your technical protection is useless. If you have a malicious insider with access to your networks they can cause havoc. Social engineering (when well meaning staff are tricked for example to give up key data or allow access to networks) is very common. No single type of protection is the silver bullet and whatever the area you work in you will need to be constantly on your toes.

The Institute for Information Security Professionals has identified eight main categories of jobs.


Sans Institute has produced a booklet on the 20 Coolest Jobs in Cyber Security. If you want to know about the heights you can aspire to then get a copy from www.sans.org